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Lasik

Laser in-situ keratomileusis, or Lasik, is a popular surgical approach used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism.

All laser vision correction surgeries work by reshaping the cornea, or clear front part of the eye, so that light traveling through it is properly focused onto the retina located in the back of the eye. Lasik laser eye surgery (laser in-situ keratomileusis) is one of a number of different surgical techniques used to reshape the cornea. Contact us for more information about lasik eye surgery in Beverly Hills.

What Are the Advantages of Lasik Laser Eye Surgery?

Lasik laser eye surgery has many benefits, including:

  • It works! It corrects vision. Around 80% of patients will have their desired vision after Lasik laser eye surgery. An enhancement can further increase this number.
  • Lasik laser eye surgery is associated with very little pain.
  • Vision is corrected nearly immediately or by the next day after Lasik laser eye surgery.
  • Recovery is quick and usually no bandages or stitches are required after Lasik laser eye surgery.
  • Adjustments can be made years after Lasik laser eye surgery to further correct vision.
  • After having Lasik laser eye surgery, most patients no longer need corrective eyewear.

The FDA has found no long-term side effects from Lasik laser eye surgery.

How Should I Prepare for Lasik Laser Eye Surgery?

Before your Lasik laser eye surgery, you will meet with a coordinator who will discuss what you should expect during and after the surgery. During this session, your medical history will be evaluated and your eyes will be tested. Likely tests include measuring corneal thickness, refraction, and pupil dilation. Once you have gone through your evaluation, you will meet the surgeon, who will answer any further questions you may have. Afterwards, you can schedule an appointment for the procedure.

How Should I Prepare for Lasik Laser Eye Surgery?

If you wear rigid gas permeable contact lenses, you should not wear them for three weeks before your surgery. Other types of contact lenses shouldn't be worn for at least three days prior to surgery. Be sure to bring your eyeglasses to the surgeon so your prescription can be reviewed.

On the day of your surgery, eat a light meal before going to the doctor, and take all of your prescribed medications. Do not wear eye makeup or have any bulky accessories in your hair that will interfere with positioning your head under the laser. If you are not feeling well that morning, call the doctor's office to determine whether the procedure needs to be postponed.

What Happens During Lasik Laser Eye Surgery?

During Lasik laser eye surgery, an instrument called a microkeratome is used to cut a thin flap in the cornea. The cornea is then peeled back and the underlying cornea tissue is reshaped using an excimer laser. After the cornea is reshaped so that it can properly focus light into the eye and onto the retina, the cornea flap is put back in place and the laser eye surgery is complete.

Lasik laser eye surgery is performed while the patient is under a local anesthesia and usually takes about 10 minutes to complete.

What Should I Expect After Lasik Laser Eye Surgery?

Healing after Lasik laser eye surgery usually occurs very rapidly. Most patients notice improved vision within a few days after Lasik laser eye surgery. However, your vision may be blurry and hazy for the first day. You should plan to have someone drive you home after Lasik laser eye surgery.

Your eyes will be dry even though they do not feel that way. Your doctor will give you prescription eye drops to prevent infection and keep your eyes moist. These eye drops may cause a momentary slight burn or blurring of your vision when you use them. Do not use any eye drops not approved by your ophthalmologist. Specific follow-up after the surgery varies from one surgeon to another. You will revisit the doctor for an evaluation 24-48 hours after Lasik laser eye surgery, as well as at regular intervals within the first six months after surgery.

Curious about Ophthalmology in Southern California?

To learn more, contact Beverly Hills Physicians today. Our offices are all over Los Angeles and the Southland, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Thousand Oaks, Valencia, Pasadena and Oxnard.

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