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Do you dream of a world where you wake up with clear vision? Are you tired of relying on glasses and contact lenses to see every day?
There’s a better way! You may be a candidate for a procedure called LASIK that’s already changed millions of people’s lives around the world. Keep reading to learn more about LASIK and how it works.
What is LASIK?
LASIK is a laser vision correction procedure that permanently reshapes the cornea and corrects refractive errors. This includes being nearsighted, farsighted, and even astigmatism.
Refractive errors occur due to the cornea being misshapen. When the cornea is an irregular shape, light does not focus on the retina as it should. Because of this, you may see images as blurry or out of focus. Getting LASIK fixes this problem for good.
Who is a Good LASIK Candidate?
Like any surgical procedure, LASIK is not something that’s right for everyone. Between 10-15% of all potential LASIK candidates are not qualified for the procedure. The only way to know if you’re a good fit for LASIK is to have a LASIK consultation. Here are some of the common factors taken into consideration for LASIK candidacy:
You must be at least 18 years old to undergo LASIK eye surgery. This is FDA mandated, meaning teenagers under the age of 18 cannot get LASIK.
Many LASIK surgeons prefer patients wait to get the procedure when they are in their mid to late twenties. This is to make sure your eyes are stable and will no longer change after you have LASIK.
You’re not Pregnant or Currently Nursing
During pregnancy, there is a great deal of hormonal changes that occur. Though you may not realize it, these changes can affect your eyes.
You should wait to have LASIK until you know that you are done having children, as every pregnancy can lead to your eyes changing again. If you’re nursing, you must wait at least three months after you’ve finished nursing before you can get LASIK to make sure your eyes have stabilized.
Your Prescription is Stable and Hasn’t Changed in at Least a Year Before Having LASIK
If your eyes are still changing, you should not get LASIK. The best time to get LASIK is when you know your prescription is stable and will not change again. For most people, this means that your prescription has remained unchanged for a year to two years before having LASIK.
Your Eyes Must be Healthy
Although LASIK is an amazing procedure, you need to have healthy eyes to have it. This means that you cannot have any conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, severe dry eye syndrome, or anything that would impact how you recover. If you do have a condition like dry eye syndrome, you must already have it under control before having LASIK.
You are in Good Health
You don’t have to be in perfect health to have LASIK, but you should be relatively healthy. You may not be a good candidate for the procedure if you suffer from conditions like Sjogren’s syndrome, diabetes, HIV, or other autoimmune conditions. You need to be able to heal in a reasonable amount of time after LASIK.
What Can I Expect When I Get LASIK?
Before LASIK ever begins, your surgeon starts by placing numbing eye drops in your eyes. These slowly travel over the surface of your eye and make sure you don’t feel any pain during the procedure.
After putting the numbing drops in your eyes, a speculum will be used to hold your eyes open. During LASIK, two lasers are used: a femtosecond laser and an excimer laser.
The surgeon creates a thin flap in the top of the cornea with the femtosecond laser. After creating the flap, it’s then pulled back.
The excimer laser is then used to remove a tiny amount of corneal tissue from the middle layer of the cornea and then the flap gets placed back down. There are no stitches or bandages used during LASIK since the flap comes back together on its own.
LASIK only takes about 15 minutes per eye to perform, but you may need to stay longer while your surgeon watches to make sure you are recovering appropriately. Once cleared, you can go home.
What is the Recovery Like After LASIK?
The first thing you need to know after having LASIK is you cannot drive yourself home. Make sure you have a friend or a family member that can get you home safely.
Once home, you’ll probably be exhausted, so the best thing you can do is rest. If your surgeon gives you eye shields, wear these while you’re sleeping to keep from rubbing your eyes or bumping them in your sleep.
The First Week After LASIK
The first week after you have LASIK, you should be able to return to many of your normal activities. Make sure you attend your first follow-up appointment, which is usually the day after your procedure. Most people can go back to work the next day.
If your eye doctor clears it, you should also be able to start driving again. Do not wear any eye makeup or lotions, or use any face soap during this time.
Avoid any bending over and contact sports that may cause you to get hit in the head or face. You can shower but keep your eyes closed to keep water out of your eyes.
The First Month After LASIK
Avoid any and all bodies of water in the first month after you have LASIK. This includes lakes, pools, hot tubs, the ocean, and anywhere that you may go swimming.
Your eyes are very sensitive and more prone to infections during this time. Attend any other follow-up appointments as scheduled by your eye doctor to make sure your eyes are healing and there are no complications.
Want to learn more about LASIK? Schedule your LASIK consultation at Slade & Baker Vision in Houston, TX today!
If you’ve ever thought there has to be something better than glasses or contacts, it’s time to find out if LASIK could be right for you!
Slade & Baker Vision Offers
- A complimentary consultation — The best “First Step” to find out the ideal option for your eyes.
- The latest state-of-the-art laser and diagnostic technology used to provide top quality vision correction surgery.
- A customized approach that provides the best solution for all patients including those with thin corneas, dry eye, irregular corneas, high prescriptions or presbyopia.
- 24-months, no-interest financing provided (with approved credit through CareCredit).
Frequently Asked LASIK Questions
We have provided a few of the most common questions regarding LASIK eye surgery on this landing page
Q: Is LASIK Painful
A: LASIK is not a painful procedure but some patients experience slight discomfort. At Slade & Baker Vision Center we make every effort to make sure the eye is numb.
Q: Could I go blind from LASIK eye surgery
A: There have been no reported cases of anyone going blind from LASIK eye surgery.
Q: Is Dr. Slade a highly regarded experienced LASIK surgeon?
A: Dr. Slade was one of the very first people to ever perform LASIK eye surgery in conjunction with Dr. Stephen Brint in 1991 and has been a pioneer in LASIK eye surgery from the very beginning. He has the outcomes data and experience to prove he is one of the best choices in Houston, Texas.
LASIK vs. Contact Lenses. Which is Riskier?
Here is a topic that we deal with on a daily basis, and perhaps you have even considered it once or twice. We wanted to have an open discussion with our readers about LASIK and how they feel about it in relation to wearing contacts, as that is usually a day-to-day struggle.
Because contacts are so commonly used, many people assume they are safe. In fact, many people (including some eye professionals) felt that contacts were safer than laser vision correction surgery (LASIK) until the last 10 years or so.
This is where the experts at Slade & Baker Vision want to share some key facts from an extensive literature review of various studies published between 2014 and 2015. (Masters et al., JCRS 2017 Jan;43(1):67-73.)
The review of the medical literature indicated that:
- Use of any non-daily disposable contact for 1 year appears to be associated with 3 times the risk of having a bacterial infection in the cornea compared with LASIK.
- Even the use of daily disposable contact lenses for 5 years appears to be associated with 3 times the risk of having a bacterial infection in the cornea compared with LASIK.
- The use of daily disposable contact lenses for 1 year is not statistically different in bacterial infection risk from LASIK!
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Did You Know?
Doctors have been performing LASIK for over 2 decades and to date, approximately over 40 million LASIK procedures have been performed since 1991! (Fun Fact this was the same year Dr. Slade performed the first LASIK surgery in the US!).