Laser-Assisted in situ keratomileusis, or LASIK, is a type of refractive surgery developed to correct common eye and vision problems including myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. It has been an increasingly popular procedure for patients who are looking for alternatives to wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses. Similar to photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), LASIK is a corrective procedure, but allows for faster patient recovery. If you are considering LASIK surgery to get rid of blurred vision, difficulties in focusing on distant objects, near or farsightedness, make sure to familiarize yourself with the procedure as well as the surgeon to get the most out of your surgery.
Prior to LASIK, the patients are asked to stop wearing contact lenses 3 to 20 days. Their corneas are measured before the procedure to determine the location and the amount of corneal tissue to be removed. During the procedure, the patients’ eyes are numbed with a local anesthesia and will be given a mild sedative. Dr. Khodabakhsh will then use the laser to create a flap over the cornea and to reveal the stroma, or midsection of the cornea. LASIK in Beverly Hills involves the use of an excimer laser to reshape the corneal stroma. Once laser modeling is completed to the surgeon’s liking, he will reposition the flap over the newly improved eye and the healing process will begin. While the procedure may sound painful, it is actually pain free and just takes minutes per eye.
Following LASIK in Beverly Hills, the patient will be given antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drops to reduce the risk of irritation or infection. Patients can typically return to their daily activities the next day – without wearing lenses! If you are interested in LASIK to correct your vision, visit Dr. Khodabakhsh at the Beverly Hills Vision Institute to restore crystal-clear vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses!