Laser in-situ keratomileusis (Lasik), is a refractive surgery used to correct blurry vision and relieve a person’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses. This vision correction procedure is used to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism, often helping a person to achieve 20/20 vision or better.
The Leading Medical Clinics of the World® listings include eye surgeons who perform a variety of Lasik surgery. These highly trained eye care professionals are included in our network because they are considered the best of the best in their field. Read on for more information on Lasik surgery, to learn if you are a candidate, or scan our network of eye care clinics to find a doctor near you which fits your vision care needs.
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Determining Candidacy for LASIK Surgery
If you’re considering LASIK surgery, your eye doctor will use the following guidelines to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery:
- Are you at least 18 years old?
- Are you in good health, and free of serious medical conditions?
- Are your eyes healthy, with no eye diseases or corneal conditions?
- Are you pregnant or nursing? (not a good candidate)
- Has your prescription remained unchanged for at least one year before surgery?
- Do you have sufficient corneal thickness (at least 0.5mm)? (The Lasik eye surgeon will determine this through a comprehensive eye exam.)
You Are a Good Candidate for Lasik Surgery If You are Nearsighted
Nearsightedness (myopia) is a condition when the eyeball is extended or the cornea arcs too abruptly. Myopia causes light rays to focus in front of the retina and blur distant vision. You may see nearby objects clear, but things distant are a blur.
With high myopia, near vision may be affected because objects must be closer to the eye to see clearly, and glasses prescribed for distances will be required for reading.
Nearsightedness can be corrected with lenses, like glasses or contact, but will still suffer visual noise like night glare and blurriness. These lenses have a net concave effect (negative optical power) which will compensate for the excessive positive diopters of the myopic eye. Your ophthalmologist will use Lasik surgical procedures to correct this vision disorder. By reshaping the surface of the cornea, natural vision will be restored, eliminating external lenses and their annoying visual noise.
You Are a Good Candidate for Lasik If You Are Farsighted
Farsightedness (hyperopia) is the eye ailment caused by the the light focusing behind the eye’s retina as opposed to straight on it. Farsightedness results in blurred images at the focal points closer to the eye. The patient can see clearly in the distance but not up close. Hyperopia hinders everyday activity like reading, working on the computer, or certain hand-crafting. Corrective lenses are used to bring everything into focus, but are they the most optimal solution?
Lasik surgery ensures an excellent method to turn back the effects of farsightedness by restoring clarity to natural vision. Patients who suffer from hyperopia typically have eyes abnormally small, resulting in light ranging past the retina. Lasik surgery cannot alter the eye’s size or shape, but it resurfaces the contour along the cornea. Lasik surgery will help favorably refract light as it enters the eye, refocusing it toward the retina. By altering the shape of the eye’s outer corneal layer, your surgeon can compensate for this natural discrepancy, resulting in an image uniformly clearer.
You Are a Good Candidate for Lasik If You Have Astigmatism
Astigmatism is the most misjudged vision problem. For starters, it’s called “astigmatism,” not “stigmatism.” (You don’t have “a stigmatism” — you have astigmatism.)
Like nearsightedness and farsightedness, astigmatism is a refractive issue, not an eye disease or eye health problem. It’s simply a problem with how the eye focuses light. In an eye with astigmatism, the light fails to come to a single focus on the retina to produce clear vision. Instead, multiple focus points occur, either in front of the retina or behind it (or both).
Astigmatism is a disorder when the cornea arcs or levels unevenly, disrupting focus near and far. An analogy often used to describe this is the cornea shaped like a football rather than a baseball. Another is an eye with astigmatism has the shape of an egg or the back of a spoon, rather than a ping-pong ball.
Astigmatism usually causes vision to be blurred or distorted to some degree at all distances. Symptoms of uncorrected astigmatism are eye strain and headaches, especially after reading or other prolonged visual tasks. Squinting is also a common symptom.
Lasik surgery corrects the condition by bending light rays with external lenses like glasses and contacts, but reshaping the cornea with a Lasik procedure, will provide the necessary refraction to give clear vision up close and in the distance.
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Types of LASIK Procedures
All types of Lasik surgery involve reshaping the cornea so it refracts light properly onto the retina, a process needed for clear, sharp vision. The following Lasik surgery procedures involve different surgical methods.
Standard Lasik Surgery
The standard Lasik surgery procedure involves your surgeon using a surgical blade to create a small incision in the cornea (the transparent film on the eye’s front surface). This incision will create a flap in the cornea, which the surgeon peels back before reshaping the underlying corneal tissue using a femtosecond laser. After the surgeon finishes this procedure, they will reposition the flap to its original position, where it will heal and close naturally, without sutures.
Bladeless Lasik Surgery
Today Bladeless Lasik surgery is recognized world-wide as the most advanced and safest method of performing Lasik surgery.
With Bladeless Lasik surgery, the surgeon uses only laser energy for the entire Lasik surgery procedure. However, with older traditional Lasik, the first step of the procedure is performed using a steel blade microkeratome which slices the eye’s surface.
Bladeless Lasik surgery follows the same protocol of standard Lasik surgery except the bladeless Lasik surgery uses an excimer laser to create the flap in the cornea, instead of a blade. Though both procedures are considered safe and effective, bladeless Lasik surgery has been proven to result in lower risk of corneal complications.
Custom (Wavefront) Lasik Surgery
This Lasik surgery procedure uses the latest laser vision technology by taking advantage of three-dimensional measurements of the eye to increase the lasers’ capacity to reshape the front surface of the cornea. The 3-D measurement allows for a more precise and tailored vision correction, not capable with traditional Lasik surgery.
With guided Wavefront Lasik surgery, the 3-D map will determine irregularities in how your eye processes images. This information will guide the laser in a customized treatment to reshape your eye’s corneal surface and fix these irregularities. These vision errors include higher-order aberrations, which cause night vision problems, glare, and other visual disturbances.
Recovering from LASIK Surgery
Since the eyes heal rapidly after Lasik surgery, there is very little downtime or need for extended recovery. A minor amount of eye irritation and blurry vision is present the first day after surgery. Your eye surgeon will prescribe eye drops to prevent infection and keep your eyes lubricated and comfortable. Most patients can drive and return to work a day or two after Lasik surgery.
Every Lasik surgeon has established their own recovery procedure founded on what has given them the best outcomes. Your surgeon will likely give you protective sunglasses or eye shields for protection, and you will be required to wear those eye shields while sleeping for the first week after Lasik surgery. While some doctors will want you to rest for 10 -15 minutes after Lasik surgery before releasing you, others will release you directly after your surgery so you may go home and start your Lasik surgery recovery as soon as possible. It is important to have transportation arranged before lasik surgery as you will not be able to drive yourself.
Results You Can Expect from a LASIK Procedure
Most Lasik surgery patients notice improvements in their vision within the first 24 hours after surgery. And many patients no longer need eyeglasses or contacts to see clearly after achieving 20/20 vision or better through the Lasik surgery procedure. Lasik surgery outcomes have proven to be positive with results from two separate studies reporting a Lasik surgery satisfaction rate of 98 percent.
Finding the Right LASIK Surgeon for You
Your eyes are a delicate organ which provides an important function – your sight. Do not trust anyone to perform Lasik Surgery. Make sure they are well trained, have state-of-the-art equipment, and well respected in their community and the various medical boards.
In today’s world with marketing strategies and online presence, it may be hard to cut through the information overload to select the right Lasik Surgery Clinic and surgeon. Which is why LMCW® exists – to assist you in picking the best doctor in your area or beyond.
Why Use LMCW® to Find Your Surgeon for Lasik Surgery
Are you researching Lasik Surgery? We are here to help by providing you with a list of the top-rated Lasik surgeons in your area.
All Lasik surgeons in the Leading Medical Clinics of the World® network:
- Are board-certified
- Are well-respected by peers
- Are positively reviewed by patients
- Are ranked as a top medical practitioner in their field
- Are in good standing with their medical board(s)
- Operate from a clinic which upholds the highest level of healthcare standard
Leading Medical Clinics of the World® will assist anyone looking for a qualified lasik surgeon. We evaluate the best Ophthalmology clinics with an intensive evaluation procedure, and only the top ten percent can become a Leading Ophthalmology Clinic. While many are qualified candidates, we select only the best of the best, providing prospective patients with access to the top Ophthalmology doctors in the world.
If you’ve already done your research and have chosen an ophthalmologist to contact regarding the Lasik surgery procedure, here are some questions you may wish to ask during your initial consultation:
- Would I be a good candidate for LASIK?
- Which LASIK procedures are available to me?
- How many LASIK procedures have you performed?
- Can both eyes be treated at the same time?
- Is LASIK surgery painful?
- What are the risks and/or side effects associated with the surgery?
- How common are the risks/side effects?
- How much time will I have to take off of work for recovery?
- What types of limitations (driving, exercising, etc.) will I have after surgery?
- Will I have to wear eye protection/eye shields while recovering?
- Can you provide me with any patient information (whether print or digital) to help me better understand the LASIK procedure?
- How long do the results of LASIK surgery last? Will I need another surgery?
- Do you offer evening or weekend appointments?
- How much do you charge for LASIK surgery?
- What financing options are available to me as your patient?
- Will my insurance cover my surgery?
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