10 Questions to Ask Your Eye Doctor about LASIK
LASIK is a very common procedure that’s been performed for over 30 years, but it’s still a very personal choice for you. At ICON Eyecare we offer the information you need and the top doctors for cataract and LASIK eye surgery in Colorado, along with caring clinical staff.
1. What kind of results can I expect from LASIK?
One reason LASIK is so popular is that it allows so many people to live without glasses or contacts after surgery. There are some cases where we may recommend other procedures for best results, such as patients with extreme nearsightedness.
2. Is age a factor in qualifying for LASIK surgery?
The ideal patient is typically between 20 and 50, but once growth has stabilized at about 18 any adult is a potential candidate.
3. Once the procedure is performed, am I glasses-free for life?
The eyes, along with the rest of the body, do age and might need treatment in the future.
4. Are there any health conditions that might make a LASIK alternative a better choice?
Chronic conditions such as diabetes or autoimmune conditions, eye diseases, or eye injuries may make choices other than LASIK preferable. We offer a range of alternatives.
5. What technology is used for LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK combines the skill of an experienced eye surgeon with the precision of extremely short pulses of laser light to reshape the eye.
6. What is the LASIK procedure like? Are there risks?
It takes about ten minutes to perform LASIK on your eye, with additional preparation and postoperative care. The procedure is precise and painless. There may be some short-term effects such as light sensitivity and discomfort, and dry eye or slight visual artifacts are potential longer-term risks. Other risks are rare.
7. How should I prepare for my LASIK procedure?
Preparations include hydration, leaving off makeup, perfume, and lotions, removing contacts 5-10 days before the exam and before surgery, and having someone to drive you home.
8. How long is the recovery period after LASIK vision correction?
There are three stages: a couple of days for blurriness to pass, several weeks for the eyes to recover from surgery, and several months for the best results.
9. If LASIK isn’t the best choice for me, is there a similar alternative?
Yes, there are a range of LASIK alternatives including PRK which is another laser procedure, and IOL implantation similar to common cataract surgery.
10. How do I choose the right LASIK provider for me?
Every eye is unique, and it’s wise to choose a top ophthalmologist with extensive LASIK experience for your surgery, especially one who works with your regular eye doctor.
At ICON Eyecare, an advanced ophthalmology practice in Denver, we look forward to answering your questions. We know that, as the best choice for cataract and LASIK eye surgery in Colorado, we can help you see clearly without glasses or contacts and enjoy our wonderful Rocky Mountains. Give us a call to make an appointment and explore your options for great vision.