Are you interested in LASIK?
We co-manage LASIK surgery with a trusted network of LASIK surgeons in the Austin area. As your primary eye care provider, we are the first step in your LASIK journey. Our goal is to make sure you have the knowledge and resources to determine if LASIK is the right choice for your eyes and vision correction needs. If you decide have LASIK performed, we will provide your pre and most of your post-operative care in a seamless experience with your surgeon.
Is LASIK right for me?
As the most commonly performed type of elective refractive surgery, LASIK, or Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, is a precise and safe surgical procedure where a laser is used to shape the cornea in order to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.
While millions of people have undergone LASIK and the procedure continues to improve, there are many factors to consider before choosing to have LASIK. Our skilled optometrists will make recommendations based on your age, eye health, and visual requirements. The ideal candidate is over 21 years old, nearsighted, and has healthy eyes.
Many people inquire about LASIK as a solution to wearing reading glasses over 40 years old. The condition that causes us to lose our focusing ability over time is called Presbyopia. Presbyopia is caused by changes to the lens and focusing muscle inside the eye. Since LASIK shapes the cornea, or the front of the eye, it is not the ideal procedure to correct Presbyopia. There is a technique called monovision that can use LASIK to correct one eye for best distance vision and the other eye for better near vision. Our optometrists can review this option with you to see if you are a good candidate for this method.
How does LASIK work?
On your surgery day, your eyes will be numbed with topical anesthetic before the procedure. The surgery is performed in two steps. The first step is to create the corneal flap. This was traditionally done with a precision blade called a microkeratome. As technology has progressed, the flap is now made with a laser. The surgeon then folds the flap back and ablates (shapes) the cornea with a different laser to correct your vision. After this second laser is used, the flap is then gently placed back in place by the surgeon and adheres back to the eye naturally with no sutures or additional steps needed.
How long is the recovery period after LASIK?
That’s what is so wonderful about the LASIK procedure, recovery is fast with minimal discomfort. Your vision will be better than it was before the procedure instantly, but may be slightly blurry the first day. For the first 24-48 hours your eyes may feel scratchy and light sensitive. You will wear sunglasses outside and eye shields at bedtime. You will also be prescribed an antibiotic and steroid eyedrop for use the first week after LASIK. Vision typically stabilizes rapidly after the first week and most people report excellent comfort and vision after the eye has healed from surgery.
What is Custom Wavefront LASIK?
Custom Wavefront LASIK or Wavefront-guided LASIK uses an extremely precise measurement of your visual system to program the laser to achieve optimal visual results. Before Wavefront LASIK, the laser was programmed using your spectacle lens prescription for vision correction. With Wavefront LASIK, a “fingerprint” or precise mapping is used from your entire visual system to correct refractive aberrations to a higher level than what can be achieved with eyeglasses. For this reason, we highly recommend Wavefront LASIK for the best visual outcome.
What are the risks associated with LASIK surgery?
Millions of people have undergone LASIK with wonderful, life changing results. It is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures. As with any surgery, there is always a possibility of less than optimal outcomes. It is possible that the vision will not be corrected to the level that you are able to achieve with your best eyeglass prescription. There is also a possibility for increase dry eye symptoms or halos around lights at night, although these have been minimized with recent LASIK advances.
Where should I have my LASIK procedure performed?
We realize that every person’s vision and situation is unique, and there are many very highly qualified LASIK surgeons in Austin. For that reason, we co-manage LASIK surgery with several different laser centers. This way, we can help you select the surgeon that offers the best procedure for your eyes, budget, and geographic location.
If you are an existing patient of ours and are interested in LASIK, please let us know so we can review your chart. If you are a good candidate for LASIK, our optometrists will make a recommendation and our staff can help you schedule an initial appointment with the LASIK center. If you are not yet a patient of ours, we invite you to schedule an eye exam with us and let us know that you are interested in LASIK so we can address any related questions during your examination.
We look forward to helping you in your LASIK journey!