What is LASIK?
LASIK (Laser Assisted in-Situ Keratomileusis) is one of the most common forms of laser vision correction (LVC). This procedure uses the excimer laser to reshape the corneal curvature. Reshaping the corneal surface allows the light to properly focus on the retina (as with glasses and contacts), providing clear vision. Laser eye surgery is becoming increasingly popular as people discover how much it can change their lives.
Is LASIK right for me?
If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, you may be a good candidate for LASIK. Schedule a free consultation
- Are you having trouble with distance vision?
- Are you having difficulty reading or seeing well at night?
- Are you nearsighted, farsighted, or do you have an astigmatism?
Frequently Asked Questions
Does LASIK hurt?
Because the cornea is numbed with eye drop anesthesia, patients report little to no discomfort during the procedure. Some patients experience some scratchiness or grittiness for a few hours following while others did not experience any discomfort at all. We ask everyone to go home and take a nap immediately after his or her LASIK procedure. For any discomfort that remains after your nap, Advil or Tylenol is usually sufficient.
When will I be able to see?
Many patients notice an immediate improvement in their vision and have functional vision the very next day. Full visual results are typically reached within one to three weeks but individual results do vary.
When can I return to work, drive, and do my normal activities?
You can resume most normal activities such as driving, working or walking, the day after your procedure. Exercising and more vigorous activities can be resumed after the first week. For women, eye makeup cannot be worn for one week and they should purchase new mascara to avoid bacteria. Swimming or contact sports such as basketball or racquetball should be delayed for three weeks.
What if my eye moves during the treatment or I blink?
During the procedure a device will gently hold your eyelids open, which will prevent you from blinking. In addition, at Spivack Vision Center the laser we use involves advanced eye tracking technology. The laser will be constantly and minutely adjusted to the position of your eye at any given time. In fact, every four to six milliseconds the eye’s location is measured and the laser is automatically aligned. If, at any time, your eye moves too quickly or out of the range, the laser will pause and wait for your eye to move back into position.
Will I need to wear glasses after?
Most patients who have undergone Blade-Free iLASIK at Spivack Vision Center no longer need glasses for their daily activities. However, if you’re over 40 and did not elect for MonoVision LASIK, there is a possibility that you will need reading glasses because of the natural aging process of the eye. This condition, presbyopia, occurs as you get older.
What’s the difference between PRK vs LASIK?
PRK and LASIK are both eye procedures to reshape the cornea with the objective to produce clearer vision. In LASIK surgery, the surgeon creates a corneal flap in the first step of the procedure. However, with PRK, the surgeon instead removes the cornea’s outer membrane (called the epithelium). In both procedures the second step is performed in the same manner, with an excimer laser reshaping the cornea.