Are you sick and tired of wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, but you can’t see without them? If so, consider trying LASIK eye surgery with Suburban Eye Associates, with locations in Huntingdon Valley, Philadelphia, and Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. LASIK is a quick, easy procedure that can drastically improve your eyesight with little downtime. To find out more, reach out to the experts at Suburban Eye Associates by phone today.
LASIK eye surgery, or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is a popular advanced procedure designed to correct refractive errors that negatively affect your vision. Refractive errors occur when the cornea bends or refracts, light onto your retina incorrectly.
Common results of refractive errors include:
Nearsightedness, or myopia, is a condition caused by a cornea that curves too sharply or an eyeball that is slightly longer than usual. It makes you see close objects fairly clearly, and distant objects appear blurry.
Also known as hyperopia, farsightedness results from a cornea that’s too flat or an eyeball that is shorter than normal. It makes it distant objects appear more clear and focused, and close objects seem more blurry.
A cornea that flattens or curves unevenly causes astigmatism. It negatively impacts the focus of both your near and far vision.
If you’re bothered by any of these conditions, or you wear corrective eyewear, LASIK eye surgery has a high chance of correcting your vision.
During LASK eye surgery, your Suburban Eye Associates team corrects your vision by reshaping your cornea with a specialized cutting laser.
Before your surgery begins, your team gives you numbing eye drops, so that you won’t feel anything during the procedure. Next, they hold your eyelids open with a microkeratome and ask you to focus on a point of light.
The microkeratome holds open and stabilizes your eyelid against a suction ring, then cuts a hinged flap into your cornea with a small cutting laser or blade.
When you press your eye against the suction ring, you may feel momentary pressure, and your vision may dim a little bit.
After your team creates the corneal flap, they fold it back so that they can access the curvature of your cornea. Using a specially programmed laser, calibrated for your precise eye measurements, they then reshape your cornea.
Once your team finishes, they lay your corneal flap back down. Typically, it heals without stitches.
LASIK surgery takes between half an hour to an hour, depending on if you get surgery on just one or both of your eyes.
Immediately after your procedure, your eyes may burn, feel gritty or itchy, and water. You might also have blurry vision. To help you manage any discomfort for several hours after surgery, Suburban Eye Associates may offer you pain medication or eyedrops.
To protect your eye, your team may also give you a shield to wear over your eye at night.
Your vision won’t be perfect right away but will improve in two to three months after your eye completely heals. Once your eye has healed, you’ll likely enjoy 20/25 vision or better.
Are you tired of squinting, straining your eyes, and having to wear glasses or contacts? If so, find out if LASIK eye surgery is right for you. To learn more, contact Suburban Eye Associates by phone today.