What to Expect with LASIK Eye Surgery
Dr. Steven Nielsen of The Nielsen Eye Center highlights the benefits of LASIK eye surgery and discusses candidacy for this effective vision correction procedure.
Boston, MA – For many years, patients seeking to mitigate the inconveniences of wearing glasses and contact lenses have been receiving LASIK eye surgery to dramatically improve their vision. As technology has advanced in recent years, even people who were previously ineligible for the surgery are now able to take advantage of this vision correction procedure. Boston LASIK surgeon Steven Nielsen, MD has performed over 25,000 successful laser procedures during his career, and he recently authored a pair of blog posts to educate prospective patients on the realities of LASIK surgery today.
In a post titled, “Is LASIK Surgery Right For Me?,” Dr. Nielsen explains that due to innovations in the field of vision correction, even patients who have undergone cataract surgery may now be candidates for LASIK surgery. “For example,” he notes, “if a patient did not achieve perfect vision with the IOL [implanted during cataract surgery], LASIK could be performed to further improve their eyesight and achieve 20/20 vision.” He adds that these previously implanted lenses are unaffected by the LASIK procedure, since the surgery is only performed on the cornea’s surface.
According to Dr. Nielsen’s post titled, “How Does LASIK Surgery Work?,” the LASIK procedure itself takes hardly any time to complete and involves very minimal activity restrictions afterward. “LASIK surgery works by re-sculpting the cornea (the front part of the eye) so that the focal point of the eye is changed, helping to improve the clarity of your vision,” says the Boston eye surgeon. He adds that at his practice, two lasers – the IntraLase™ Laser and the Wavelight® laser – are used to make a tiny flap on the surface of the cornea and to remove a small amount of tissue to reshape it, helping to refocus light to the back of the retina.
Using the All-Laser LASIK technique, Dr. Nielsen says each procedure lasts approximately 15 minutes from start to finish, and patients typically notice results immediately. Additionally, he states that the vision of the patient will often continue to improve over the course of the following days. Ultimately, Dr. Nielsen stands firmly behind the effectiveness of the surgery, noting that four of his five children have even received LASIK surgery.
About Steven A. Nielsen, MD
Dr. Steven Nielsen earned his medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Doheny Eye Institute at USC. He is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist and an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS), among other medical organizations. Dr. Nielsen is also the President of The Nielsen Eye Center, Medical Director of the Cataract and Laser Center, and Medical Director of the Quincy Laser Eye Center.