LASIK, also known as laser eye surgery or laser vision corrective therapy, is a kind of refractive surgery mainly for the treatment of myopia, hyperopic, and astigmatism. It is the latest development in vision correction that uses a laser beam to reshape the cornea of the eye by sculpting the microscopic stroma, or the eye tissue. The procedure involves making microscopic incisions in the cornea to allow the surgeon to remove tissue which causes the lens to deviate from spherical form. This surgery can be done either under local or general anesthesia depending on your surgeon’s preferences.
LASIK usually takes two weeks for recovery and can resume normal activities in three months. However, patients are required to avoid bright lights and see lights when wearing contact lenses for at least two weeks after the procedure. The patient is also advised to use sunglasses or dark glasses to protect their eyes from ultraviolet rays. The patient cannot drive or perform any task that requires a lot of movement of the eyes for at least four days after surgery. And after using corrective eye wear for more than two weeks, the patient is not allowed to wear contacts for at least six weeks.
LASIK may be covered by some insurance policies. Before deciding whether this procedure is right for you, it is important that you consult with your eye doctor who is an expert in this field. You should be aware of all the pros and cons of this procedure before deciding whether it is appropriate for you or not. You should also find out from your doctor what are the possible risks and complications that you can expect during and after the treatment. Although, before you make a decision regarding whether LASIK is the right laser vision correction procedure for you or not, you should be completely aware of its pros and cons and the extent of its success rate.