LASIK (Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis) is currently one of the most frequently performed elective procedures in North America. It is a highly effective outpatient procedure designed to correct multiple levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism and reduce reliance on corrective eyewear. LASIK uses a cool beam of light from the excimer laser to gently reshape the front surface (cornea) of your eye. It offers the least discomfort and the fastest recovery time of any laser vision correction surgery.
The Custom LASIK Approach
- A greater chance of having 20/20 vision;
- The potential for better vision than is possible with contacts or glasses;
- Less incidence of glare and halos; and
- Potentially better overall vision, even at night.
Better Quality Vision with Laser Eye Surgery
Wavefront Custom Bladeless LASIK
In custom LASIK procedures, a flap of corneal tissue must be created and then folded back. The cornea is the transparent dome-like structure that covers the iris and pupil of your eye. By creating a flap in the cornea, the surgeon is able to perform the laser vision correction treatment on the inner layer of the cornea, allowing for a rapid visual recovery.
Most LASIK patients notice dramatic visual results within the first few days following their procedures. However, the speed of visual recovery depends on personal healing patterns, and patients with higher prescriptions may recover more slowly.
Many patients return to work within a day or two of the procedure. You will need to follow the post-surgery restrictions mentioned below. Otherwise, as long as you follow your doctor’s instructions, you should be free to resume all your normal activities.
- Wait one full day before taking a shower.
- Wait one day to one week, as your doctor advises, before resuming driving.
- Wear sunglasses for the first few days.
- Read and watch TV in moderation the first few days.
- Do not wear eye makeup for four days.
- Do not rub your eyes for one week.
- Do not exercise for one week.
- Avoid swimming, hot tubs and whirlpools for one week.
- Avoid gardening and dusty environments for one week.
- Avoid contact sports that could result in an eye injury for one month.
- Smoking is allowed, but you will probably find smoke very irritating.
If LASIK is not right for you, there are alternatives forms of treatment such as PRK, intraocular lens and others that may be appropriate for you. NVISION doctors are very thorough in determining if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction and will be happy to discuss the potential outcome and risks involved for a patient with your particular prescription.