LASIK Eye Surgery is currently the most popular type of laser eye correction surgery for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The procedure is completely blade-free and uses only lasers to reshape the lenses of your eyes for improved vision in all light conditions. The procedure is effective, painless, and involves very little recovery time.
Before LASIK Eye Surgery, patients will be instructed to stop wearing contacts lenses anywhere from 5 to 21 days before the surgery, though this number may be longer for patients who have worn hard contacts for many years. All patients undergo a very thorough eye exam to determine the thickness and measure the contour of the patient’s corneas, and a map of the patient’s eye is created. This way, Dr. Khodabakhsh can evaluate the model of the eye and decide how to reconstruct it in order to obtain the best vision possible for the patient. The patient will also most likely be given an antibiotic prescription to begin taking before the LASIK Eye Surgery, to reduce risk of infection.
The LASIK operation itself involves creating a flap in the eye, reconstructing the surfaces under the flap, and then reattaching the flap over the newly constructed cornea. This is all done by laser while the patient is awake, but the patient is given anesthetic eye drops, and usually a mild sedative to help them relax.
After the LASIK Eye Surgery, patients will be given antibiotics and anti-inflammatory eye drops to use in the weeks following the surgery. Patients should get a good deal of rest, both to speed the healing process and to keep the eyes closed and relaxed for as long as possible. When going out in the sun, patients must wear dark glasses, and should avoid all other forms of bright light. Patients may also be instructed to wear goggles at night to prevent them from rubbing their eyes in their sleep.
LASIK Eye Surgery has been widely successful, with a 92% – 98% satisfaction rating worldwide. The most common complications associated with LASIK Eye Surgery are dry eyes, overcorrection, undercorrection, visual acuity fluctuation, halos or starbursts around light sources at night, light sensitivity, ghost images, or double vision.
Contact Beverly Hills Vision Institute today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Khodabakhsh. He will perform a thorough eye examination and discuss whether LASIK Eye Surgery is right for you.