Many who consider LASIK are afraid to follow through with the procedure. We get it — the idea of having a laser near your eye can be a little frightening. The good news is, LASIK is a safe, painless eye surgery. Keep reading to learn more about the most popular form of laser vision correction in the world!
What is LASIK Surgery?
LASIK is a form of refractive surgery to correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. The procedure involves the use of laser energy to create a small “flap” on the cornea. The laser removes small amounts of tissue to reshape the surface of the cornea and change how light refracts through your eye, which results in clear vision.
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What does LASIK feel like?
You won’t be “put to sleep” during LASIK, but your eyes will be treated with a local anesthetic. The anesthetic requires no needles or injections, as it is administered through eye drops. A couple of drops will be applied to each eye, then you’ll be asked to blink to spread the liquid over the cornea. Your eyes will be numbed nearly instantly, thus ensuring no pain during the procedure.
Creating the Corneal Flap
Here at Nielsen Eye Center, we use the Allegretto Wavelight Laser to reshape the cornea during LASIK. This is the fastest laser available on the market today — creating the corneal flap takes less than 15 seconds per eye! Precise eye-tracking technology also ensures predictable results, as the procedure is customized to the unique size and shape of your cornea.
You may feel a small amount of pressure as your surgeon applies the laser. Some patients describe this sensation as uncomfortable, but not painful. Since LASIK is an extremely short procedure, any discomfort you experience is temporary.
LASIK Surgery Recovery
In general, LASIK recovery is short. The majority of patients are back to work a few days after surgery. After LASIK, your eyes may feel a bit irritated, itchy, or as if there’s grit in them. This is perfectly normal and should go away after a day or two. Any discomfort you experience can be easily treated with prescription eye drops or over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Your eye doctor will also schedule several follow-up visits to ensure your eyes are healing properly after LASIK.
LASIK Surgery, Boston
Nielsen Eye Center is the premier provider of LASIK in the greater Boston and South Shore areas. Our team of board-certified surgeons are experienced eye care professionals with years of training in ophthalmology. At the Nielsen Eye Center, all patients receive a complimentary LASIK consultation. This is a great opportunity to have your questions answered and see if you’re a candidate for the procedure.
Ready to ditch your glasses and contacts for good? Contact the Nielsen Eye Center today to schedule your free LASIK consultation in the greater Boston and South Shore areas!