LASIK is an acronym for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. LASIK is a type of laser vision correction in which a laser reshapes the cornea to improve vision.
A thin, hinged flap is created on the surface of the eye using a laser beam. This flap is gently lifted to expose the cornea. A laser beam is then used to gently reshape the cornea. The flap is brought back into place and serves as a natural bandage.
Some people feel slight pressure or mild discomfort, but because anesthetic drops are administered to your eye before the procedure, the surgery tends to be painless.
At Jenkins Eye Care we will perform a comprehensive preoperative examination, which includes tests, measurements and a review of your medical history to decide if you are a good candidate for LASIK.
During LASIK a very thin flap of corneal tissue is created and lifted for the laser treatment. The flap is then replaced and healing takes place within 24 hours.
During PRK the cornea’s outer layer is removed with a diluted alcohol solution to access the treatment area and no flap is created. The healing process is slower but the results are the same. This procedure is better for patients with thin corneal measurements.
Immediately after your procedure, while your cornea is still healing, you may be sensitive to bright light. Your vision may also be slightly blurry. However, most LASIK patients say their eyes feel normal the day following their procedure and are very pleased with their vision. Your vision will continue to improve in the months following the procedure.
We recommend taking the surgery day and following day off. The majority of LASIK patients can return to work in 24 to 48 hours. For PRK, we recommend taking the surgery day and the following 3-4 days off for recovery.
LASIK does not guarantee total freedom from glasses or contact lenses. The vast majority of patients have excellent day-to-day vision. Patients with high degrees of refractive errors to begin with cannot expect the same results as those with low to moderate error. Remember too that as you approach the age where reading glasses may be needed (mid-40s), you will most likely still need to use them to read or work at close range.
Most insurance companies will not cover LASIK or PRK, since it is considered an elective procedure.