What Is LASIK Exactly?

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LASIK is also known as Laser Assisted Integrated Keratomileusis. It is a method of laser eye treatment that can treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia, and astigmatism.

LASIK eye operation is one the most widely-used elective surgical procedures in the nation. It is an FDA-approved procedure, which is very safe. This procedure was first introduced to the US market in the late 1980s/early90s. The proven success of the procedure has seen it grow in popularity exponentially.

Laser eye surgery is performed by using a laser to reshape the cornea. The cornea is the transparent front layer of the eye that covers the iris and pupil. The cornea is what determines if you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. 

How Does LASIK Surgery Work?

LASIK works in two steps. First, a thin circular corneal flap is created. This can either be done using a laser (Intralase Femtosecond Laser) or a blade (“microkeratome”). The blade or laser creates the corneal flap, which is lifted to expose the corneal tissues underneath. The second step involves the use of an Excimer laser to reshape and shape the cornea.

The microkeratome is used for the first step. It is also known as conventional LASIK (or traditional LASIK) because this was originally the only method to reach deeper layers of the cornea. Nowadays, however, most surgeons use Intralase to create the corneal flap. This procedure is also known as Intra-LASIK or blade-free.

Expert will meticulously map your eyes during your consultation, as everyone’s eyes look different. Wave scan machines can be used to map the cornea, which will help determine your personalized treatment.

The corneal flap will be replaced by Expert. The epithelium is allowed to heal by itself, which can take up to three days. Over the following weeks, your vision will stabilize as the cornea heals. This process can take from several weeks to several months depending on how extensive the treatment was and what your healing rate is.

Expert only uses the non-blade, all-laser procedure. Expert can help you make the right decision for your specific needs and lifestyle.

How Much Does Laser Eye Surgery Price?

The cost of LASIK can vary depending on how the equipment and surgeon are used, as well as where they live. Avoid paying lower fees than advertised. These may be bait and switch methods, which may involve unreasonable conditions, restrictions, or older, less-reliable technologies, such as the microkeratome-blade.

Expert uses the most modern technology and equipment. Your procedure will cost one flat fee, which covers all pre-operative examinations, surgery, and follow-up care. This will allow you to make small monthly payments over a set period in line with your budget.

The LASIK Lasers

Expert ophthalmologist Expert uses state-of-the-art technology when performing laser eye surgeries. Expert uses technology that is self-stabilizing with an iris registry. This allows the laser to track and follow the eye even if it moves during Lasik surgery Phoenix Arizona. The result is quick, safe, and highly effective.

Before Surgery

Before the surgery, contact lenses must be removed for a minimum period of two to six months. As you may not be able to drive yourself home after the procedure, you need to arrange to have a driver accompany you. Avoid wearing perfume or makeup and wear loose, comfortable clothing. An adult responsible must accompany you the day before surgery.

After Surgery

It will be prohibited for you to drive on the day of your operation. Therefore, you must arrange for someone to drive to pick you up after the procedure. Eye irritation and tearing may occur within the first few hours after the procedure. This is because your eyes are producing excessive tears. You may notice a slight reddening of the white part of your eyes for a few more days. Your eyes could also be sensitive. You may need to use a shield for your eyes when you sleep or for the first few nights. Also, your eyes should not be rubbed for many months. Prescription eye drops must be used to prevent infection. Make sure to keep your appointments to check on your eyes to make sure they are fully healed.

Your LASIK Result

After surgery, patients will experience a temporary dry feeling in the eyes. Patients should not engage in any physical activity for several weeks after surgery. Certain sports and activities could lead to the corneal flap being dislodged. Vision fluctuations can occur for a few weeks, but these will usually resolve in time. Expert will check with patients to ensure that they have a chance of seeing 20/20 within a few months.

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