What is the difference between LASIK and PRK?
The surgeons at DMEI have found that the LASIK procedure provides a more rapid recovery of vision for most patients, and the healing process is more comfortable.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for LASIK?
Most people who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism can benefit from laser or surgical vision correction. Based on a thorough evaluation of your eyes, your doctor will make a specific recommendation about LASIK. His/her decision will be based on many factors, including your age, vision stability, overall eye health, your current prescription and your expectations for the results.
How long does the LASIK procedure take?
The actual procedure takes less than ten minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis. You will be at the surgery center for about three hours on the day of your procedure.
What is the ideal age to have LASIK eye surgery?
The ideal LASIK candidate is generally between the ages of 21 and 50. More important than age is the health of the eyes. Some patients under the age of 21 have not finished growing, so their vision may not have stabilized. For patients in their 50 and 60’s LASIK is still safe and effective, but other factors, such as possible cataracts, that start appearing at this age, must be evaluated. In the event of a cataract LASIK will not improve vision and cataract surgery should be considered.
Is any anesthetic used before the procedure?
The eye is anesthetized with numbing drops at the start of the procedure to ensure a painless experience.
How soon will I notice an improvement in my vision?
Most patients experience a dramatic improvement in vision within 24 to 48 hours after the procedure, allowing them to resume most normal activities. Most people return to work within a day or two, and some professional athletes have competed within a few days after LASIK. However, it may take several weeks for vision to completely stabilize.
Are there risks involved with LASIK?
Like any medical procedure, LASIK has some potential risks and side effects that will be explained by your surgeon. Specific end results can never be guaranteed. We can, however, closely predict your surgical outcome based on our experience of thousands of refractive procedures at DMEI.