Is LASIK, Laser Eye Vision Correction Right for You?

By: Dr. Kim Robbins

LASIK or Laser in-Situ Keratomileusis offers a number of benefits over other forms of laser vision correction because it is performed under a protective layer of corneal tissue.

As a result, there is less surface area to heal, less risk of scarring, less risk of corneal haze, less postoperative need for medications, and vision returns more rapidly, often within a day or so. LASIK can also treat a higher range of vision errors.

Although postoperative results vary, most patients are able to pass a drivers license test without their glasses or contact lenses.

Am I a Candidate for LASIK?
Most people who wear glasses or contacts are candidates for laser vision correction. LASIK candidates should have stable vision for at least one year; this means your prescription has not changed very much during the previous year.

LASIK patients typically show signs of far-sighted or near-sighted vision and/or have astigmatism. You must meet some medical and visual health guidelines and be in fair health in general. Age is not generally a problem. LASIK is regularly performed on people of all ages.

If you are ready for a change in your life, to correct your vision, you are ready for LASIK.

Laser vision correction is not recommended while pregnant, nursing, or taking certain medications.

At Robbins Eye Center your consultation will determine your candidacy.

Dr. Robbins will discuss with you whether your prognosis is optimal for the LASIK procedure. Hopefully you will be a great candidate and be able to opt for the best choice of your life - IMPROVED NATURAL VISION!

Benefits of LASIK
The main benefit of LASIK is the fact that you will no longer need your glasses or contacts to see. This is a permanent correction of your vision that may last for your lifetime.

The LASIK procedure is virtually painless. LASIK is convenient because both eyes can be corrected at the same time and you are at the Laser Center for less than 2 hours! Most patients return to work the following day. If you wear contact lenses, imagine not having to put them in every morning or clean them every night! You will save money with LASIK when you consider how much you currently spend on glasses, contact lenses and solutions. This procedure can relieve chronic allergies or irritation from contact lenses.

Generally patients return to driving and work the very next day. Your vision will improve gradually over the first 24 hours till the full effect of the surgery is realized.

About the Laser Eye Surgery Procedure
After your eye has been completely numbed using 'eye drop' anesthesia, an eyelid holder will be placed between your eyelids to prevent you from blinking.

Your surgeon will use something called a microkeratome to make a little 'flap' in the cornea. You will look directly into a light and the procedure will be performed to reshape your cornea. This is generally accomplished in less than a minute! You may feel some pressure on the eye but no pain or discomfort. The protective flap will be folded back where it bonds with your eye with any stitches or other means of securing it. Your eye heals itself!

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