Lasik Eye Surgery
LASIK is a safe and effective surgical procedure to reduce or eliminate nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism by reshaping the front surface of the eye (the cornea) with a laser.
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The goal of LASIK is to decrease or eliminate your dependence on eyeglasses and contact lenses for everyday visual tasks.
The Laser Vision Corection Process begins with a consultation with your doctor where a patient can learn about the technology and the procedure. An evaluation follows to assess a patient’s overall health and to measure and create a detailed and unique map of their eyes. Once it’s confirmed that an individual is a good candidate for laser vision correction, the procedure can be scheduled.
LASIK does not treat a visual condition called presbyopia, which affects us all. Presbyopia is the normal age-related loss of near focusing ability that occurs after age 40. After LASIK, you may still need eyeglasses for near work when you become presbyopic.
If you are nearsighted and wear bifocals for presbyopia (or will soon need them), you may want to have one eye corrected for distance with LASIK and have the other eye remain slightly nearsighted. This will reduce your dependency on reading glasses after LASIK. Dr. Carlson will discuss this option with you during your pre-operative exam.
After LASIK, it is normal to experience the following as the cornea heals: dry eyes, fluctuating visual acuity, and glare (especially at night). These symptoms are most noticeable immediately following surgery.
LASIK, like any surgical procedure, involves some risk. Risks and potential complications are listed in the Informed Consent document you will receive prior to surgery. Read the Informed Consent document carefully before proceeding with LASIK.