LASIK stands for laser assisted in situ keratomileusis. It is a type of laser vision correction in which a laser reshapes your cornea to improve vision.
Only a qualified eye care professional can determine if LASIK is right for you. By performing a comprehensive preoperative exam, which includes tests, measurements, and a review of your medical history, we can learn if you are a good candidate for LASIK.
LASIK may actually be especially well suited for you. This is because the ovular cornea that defines your astigmatism is reshaped by the procedure.
You should be aware that LASIK is surgery, but it is a quick surgery. Most LASIK procedures take about ten minutes per eye.
LASIK systems are extremely accurate and use high-speed video imaging to track your eye position, moving at a speed 10x faster than you can react. If you move, it moves. Here at Eye Associates of South Texas, we use the WaveLight® EX500 Excimer and FS200 Femtosecond laser technology.
LASIK is laser vision correction, and most people think of heat when they think of lasers. But our surgeons use “cool-beam,” high-energy lasers that vaporize only targeted tissue.
You may notice clearer vision immediately after your procedure. However, your vision will continue to improve in the months to follow.
Although all surgery has risks, most people who undergo LASIK treatment do not suffer from serious side effects. Risks and side effects associated with LASIK include: infection or issues with healing; permanent vision loss that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or further surgery; debilitating visual symptoms, such as glare, halos, or double vision that can seriously affect nighttime vision; under- or over-treatment, necessitating further refinement to reach the intended correction; and severe dry eye syndrome.
Some people feel slight pressure or mild discomfort during LASIK. But because anesthetic drops are administered to your eye before the procedure, the surgery tends to be painless.
After the surgery, we recommend a follow-up schedule of the first day after surgery, then again at one week, one month, and three months. These examinations watch for infection and to monitor healing.
Insurance providers don’t often cover the cost of LASIK, but some do offer assistance and discounts through employee health plans and Flexible Spending Accounts. Check with your individual insurance carrier(s) to learn more. Financing is available and can bring the cost of this life changing procedure to around $100/month.