Shreveport Eye Clinic Answers Frequently Asked Questions about LASIK Surgery
Shreveport Eye Clinic is proud to offer an unusually wide range of eye and vision care services for Shreveport residents, including surgical procedures such as LASIK. If you've heard some remarkable things about LASIK, check out these answers to frequently asked questions regarding this form of vision correction.
What Does "LASIK" Mean?
"LASIK" stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. The procedure is a laser-assisted surgery that alters the curvature of your corneas, compensating for eye abnormalities that cause refractive errors and vision problems.
What Kinds of Conditions Can LASIK Surgery Correct?
Modern LASIK surgery is capable of correcting such common problems as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism, which is blurriness caused by irregular corneas. It can also fix presbyopia by correcting one eye for near vision and the other for distance vision.
How Is LASIK Surgery Performed?
Our eye doctors will administer numbing eye drops and sedation as needed to keep you relaxed and pain-free. A surgical laser then cuts the outer tissue of the cornea into a moveable flap. The laser then sculpts a new corneal shape out of the underlying corneal tissue. The flap is moved back into place, where it heals itself naturally.
Who Is a Good Candidate for LASIK Surgery?
A good candidate for LASIK surgery have to be 18 or older, have a stable, non-changing corrective prescription, and not suffer from underlying health conditions or eye diseases that might make the procedure unwise.
What Are My Options If I Can't Have LASIK?
Even if you're not a good candidate for LASIK, you may still qualify for corrective vision surgery. An older, alternative procedure called PRK, for instance, may work for you if your corneal tissue is too thin for LASIK. If surgery is generally inadvisable, you might still be able to enjoy lens-free daytime clarity through techniques such as orthokeratology.
What Should I Expect Following My LASIK Surgery?
LASIK surgery only takes a few minutes for each eye. You'll need to have someone drive you home, and you may have some burning, itching, and blurring of vision during that first day. But your vision should become dramatically clearer very quickly. We can perform a series of follow-ups to monitor your recovery.
Looking for LASIK in Shreveport? Come to Shreveport Eye Clinic
If you have questions about vision correction surgery, or to schedule an appointment, call Shreveport Eye Clinic in Shreveport at 318-861-4009.