You Can Choose to See Clearly
Laser in-situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a popular procedure to correct vision for people with astigmatism or nearsightedness. LASIK surgery replaces the need to wear contact lenses or glasses if you are considering it. It takes thought and evaluation before you make the decision to have LASIK surgery. Talk to your eye doctor about whether LASIK or another similar refractive surgery is the best option for you.
Our Nashville LASIK eye center can help you get rid of bifocals and reading glasses. Contacts and cataracts are also eliminated.
It’s Possible Because It Is
LASIK is the most common and well-known laser refractive procedure to correct vision issues. Laser-assisted, in situ keratomileusis can be used as an alternative to contact lenses or glasses. Eyes with normal vision have the cornea bend (refract) light onto the retina. Blurred vision can result from nearsightedness, hyperopia, or myopia. Normal vision is where an image is focused sharply onto the retina’s surface. Hyperopia, or farsightedness, means that your cornea doesn’t properly reflect light and the focus point falls behind the retina. This causes close-up objects to appear blurry. However, reshaping your cornea will also provide the required refraction.
LASIK Eye Surgery Procedure
Our Nashville Lasik eye center doctor will meet you before and after LASIK. He will discuss what to expect during the procedure. We will ask you about your medical history, and perform a complete eye exam. These may include testing to determine the thickness and refraction of your corneas, as well as eye pressure. The surgeon may also map your corneas or dilate your pupils. Any questions you might have will be answered by the surgeon. Next, schedule an appointment to have the surgery.
The process of LASIK eye surgery in Nashville is basically a two-step one. Step 1 involves the surgeon using a laser program to create a thin flap on the cornea’s surface. Step 2 involves the surgeon lifting the flap and using another laser to shape the cornea. This allows light to travel through the cornea and hit the retina.
During LASIK, the surgeon creates a flap in the cornea — the transparent, dome-shaped, surface of the eyes that controls a significant portion of the eye’s bending and refracting power. The surgeon then uses a laser to reshape and correct the refraction issues in the eye.
A special laser cutting tool is used during LASIK surgery to modify the shape of the cornea (cornea), which is the clear dome-shaped tissue in front of your eyes. This helps to improve vision. Laser surgery for LASIK is performed using a laser program that removes a specific amount of tissue from a portion of your cornea.
LASIK is typically completed in less than 30 minutes. You will lie down on your back in a recliner chair during the procedure. To help you relax, medicine may be administered. Your doctor will place numbing drops in your eyes and then use an instrument to open your eyelids. The suction ring that is placed on the eye before you cut the corneal flap can cause pressure and cause vision to dim. During surgery, you will be asked to fix your eyes on a single point of light.
A laser is used by your eye surgeon to remove a small hinged flap from your front eye. Your doctor can access the cornea by folding back the flap. The eye surgeon can reshape parts of your cornea using a programed laser. A tiny amount of corneal tissue will be removed with each pulse of the laser beam. The laser will reshape your cornea while you focus on the light. As the corneal tissue is removed, you may sense a distinct smell. Some describe the odor as burning hair. The surgeon then places the flap in its new position after reshaping it. The flap heals normally without the need for stitches.
Your eye may itch, feel gritty, or burning immediately after surgery. Blurred vision is likely. You will usually feel very little to to no pain and your vision will normally return to normal quickly.
Benefits of LASIK eye surgery
This procedure can be used to treat patients with myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness). Recent technological advances have allowed us to treat patients with high amounts of astigmatism. LASIKNASHVILLE uses the most advanced customized technology to help our eye center achieve high-quality results.
Clear sight is possible in a matter of minutes. Patients who have had LASIK will see a significant improvement in their vision within a matter of hours. You will usually see a difference in the next day. Normal activities can be resumed within 48 hours. LASIK is performed using a laser that removes a specific amount of tissue from the cornea. Your specific refractive error, along with other factors, will affect your results. Refractive surgery is most successful for people with low nearsightedness. Refractive surgery results are less predictable for people with high nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Most people are prompted to have surgery because of a change in their lives. People realize that they are tired of wearing contacts due to dry dyes, or they want to be able to ride their bikes without the need for eyeglasses.
LASIK patients can regain 20/20 vision. Don’t expect to see with superhuman vision. Our Lasik Nashville eye clinic will help you evaluate the risks and benefits of each patient. It’s not a difficult decision for some.
There are risks associated with LASIK eye surgery
It is very rare to have vision loss or complications. However, side effects such as dry eyes or temporary visual problems like glare are not uncommon with LASIK eye surgeries. They usually disappear within a few weeks to months and are not considered a serious problem.
LASIK surgery may result in a temporary drop in tear production. Dry eyes can occur after LASIK. During the first six months after surgery, your eyes might feel dry. Dry eyes can affect the quality of your vision. However, eye drops can be used to treat it. Nighttime glare, double vision, and halos are uncommon side effects. After surgery, you may experience difficulty seeing at night. This usually lasts for a few days to several weeks. Sometimes, surgery can lead to under-correction. This could mean that you will need to have another procedure in order to correct the problem.
Most people see their eyes gradually return to normal after surgery. This slower return in normal vision could be due to hormonal imbalances, abnormal wound healing, or pregnancy. Sometimes, this vision change can be caused by another eye problem such as a cataract. Fortunately, the risk of developing cataracts is now much lower and technology is better. The treatment zone now covers the entire cornea.