The recent advancement of medical lasers now makes it possible to correct your vision for nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism with LASIK surgery. At our Arlington Heights practice, we will give you an examination where we evaluate your vision, discuss what your treatment options are and will determine if laser vision correction is the right treatment method for you. If we decide that this is the right path for you, the entire surgical process will take only around 20 minutes and will dramatically reduce or eliminate your need for glasses or contacts which will truly change your life.
LASIK was first approved in America by the Food and Drug Administration in November 1995, although the first laser procedure was performed in Germany back in 1987. To date, there have been over 4 million laser vision procedures performed throughout the world.
Virtually all people treated have experienced an improvement in vision that would allow them to pass a drivers’ license exam without the aid of eyeglasses or contacts. Patients who have had LASIK at our eye clinic have been extremely happy with their results. If you would like to schedule an eye exam or schedule a consultation to learn more about LASIK, contact Northwest Eye Physicians today.
What is the LASIK Eye Surgery Procedure?
LASIK is a two-step procedure that is painless and is uses both the Excimer laser and a microscopic displacement of corneal tissue to correct your vision. Patients who have nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism all can benefit from the LASIK procedure.
During the surgery, a thin layer of tissue is folder back from your cornea’s surface which provides access to the underlying corneal tissue. Once the flap has been brought back, our doctors use a tracking laser to reshape the cornea. Most of our patients have noticed a significant improvement in their vision in the first few hours after the surgery and can generally go back to their normal activities within a day.
Why choose LASIK surgery?
There are many benefits that our patients experience as a result of LASIK surgery. The most obvious benefit is improved vision, but with that comes a newfound sense of dom and confidence. It greatly reduces or eliminates your need to have contacts or glasses, which is very cost-effective.
We take great pride in educating our patients on the benefits and risks of having LASIK surgery because we want them to make the best decision for themselves. Each patient has a slightly different outcome, but after the procedure, most of our patients have 20/40 or better vision without the use of glasses or contacts. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
Who is a good candidate for LASIK?
When we are determining if you are a good candidate for LASIK, one of the most important elements we consider if your refractive stability. We want our patients to have had their current prescription for over a year. If your prescription has changed in the last 12 months, it is an indication that your cornea is physically changing. With LASIK, we are able to restore your vision by reshaping your cornea and if your cornea is still changing, you would not have positive and lasting results.
If we have determined that you are a good candidate because of stable vision and you have been informed about the benefits and risks and have decided this is a good option for you, then you are a great candidate for LASIK. LASIK does have effects that are long-lasting, but we make sure that our patients understand that your vision may get slightly reduced over time and you may need to wear reading glasses.
What sort of aftercare is required and what is recovery like?
After you have LASIK surgery, there should be a noticeable improvement with your vision. However, we like our patients to understand that your eyes may not fully heal for a few weeks or months. After the procedure, we give you patches to cover your eyes and you will also be given a medication to alleviate any pain or discomfort you may feel. Most of our patients feel a mild burning or stinging.
We have our patients schedule a follow-up with us within 1-2 days and we will remove your eye patches and check your vision. You will be given eye drops to keep your eyes moist and help your corneas to heal. We want our patients to limit their physical activity for several days and within a few weeks to months, your vision will dramatically improve.