Common Questions for LASIK
Patients suffering from a vision disorder often seek vision correction. Patients who have glasses or contact lenses usually seek a laser vision correction procedure. The most common laser vision correction procedure is LASIK but not all patients are LASIK candidates. At Feinerman Vision Center in Newport Beach, Dr. Gregg Feinerman receives numerous questions about LASIK in Orange County from potential patients. Below you will find answers about common LASIK and Laser Vision Correction procedures.
1) How Do I Know If I'm a Candidate For LASIK?
The only way to truly determine if you are a LASIK candidate is to schedule a consultation with a board certified ophthalmologist. Dr. Gregg Feinerman has years or experience performing LASIK on patients and during a consultation he will thoroughly examine your eyes to make sure you are a strong candidate for LASIK. If for some reason you are not a LASIK candidate then Dr. Feinerman will suggest an alternative procedure.
2) What Should I look For in Choosing My Surgeon?
Deciding to have surgeon is a big step in itself but you want to make sure your surgeon has the skills and experience to perform the procedure. When choosing a LASIK Surgeon in the Los Angeles / Orange County are you should look at their experience. LASIK surgeons who have performed thousands of procedures have the experience and skills needed to perform a successful procedure. LASIK is a permanent and you want to make sure your in good hands with your LASIK surgeon.
3) What is Involved in LASIK? How Long Does It Take?
Depending on the type of LASIK procedure you are having the time varies. Regardless of the type of LASIK procedure, all patients will have topical anesthetic place onto their eyes because you will be awake during the procedure. A corneal flap will be created, after the flap has been created a laser will be used to make the correction directly on the cornea. After the correction has been made the corneal flap is set back into position. Dr. Feinerman will discuss the differences between each type of LASIK and how long each procedure takes.
4) What about recovery?
Recovery from LASIK is very rapid considering the nature of the procedure. The first couple of hour after surgery the eyes may feel irritated. Vision is typically blurry during this time but will improve over the next day. The day after surgery your eyes may still feel somewhat irritated but your vision will be remarkably better.
5) I hate to have anything in my eye. What if I am really nervous?
A mild sedative will be made available prior to surgery to help relax any nerve or Anxieties about the surgery. Dr. Feinerman and the technicians in the room will speak with you during the surgery to help keep you at ease.
6) Will I need glasses after the surgery?
Like all medical procedures, there are no guarantees that a patient will not need glasses after LASIK. Not all patients will achieve perfect vision but their vision will improve. LASIK does not eliminate the need for reading glasses down the road. Most people in their 40's will develop presbyopia, a condition that makes it hard to read newspapers or menus. Reading glasses will be required. LASIK cannot correct presbyopia.
7) Will LASIK interfere with my lifestyle?
LASIK will only interfere with your lifestyle for the first two weeks following surgery. It is important that your eyes are fully healed before resuming sports. Swimming, hot tubs and saunas should also be avoided for the first two weeks. Dr. Feinerman will discuss with you what you can and cannot do following surgery. Once your eyes are fully healed you will notice an improvement in your lifestyle.
8) How long will the correction last?
LASIK is a permanent procedure that has irreversible results. Some patients may require additional enhancements following their initial procedure. As your eyes age after LASIK, glasses or contact lenses may be necessary.
9) Is it true that it takes six months to improve vision after LASIK?
Fluctuation can occur, but most visual improvement takes place immediately following the procedure. Most patients note that major fluctuations have stopped after two weeks. At the same time, it may take additional time for all of the swelling in the eye to resolve and fluctuations to cease. Many patients do have healing that may continue to improve over six to nine months.
10) How safe is the procedure? Are there complications?
The LASIK procedure is very safe, and that is why it has been accepted by so many worldwide. With any surgical procedures, however, complications may arise. Vision-threatening complications do exist, but they are extremely rare. These include infections (an incidence of 1 in 5,000) and irregular healing processes that can lead to something called "irregular astigmatism" that glasses cannot correct and contact lenses or further surgery may be required to improve. There are also complications, which may lead to temporary blurriness, temporary dependence on glasses or contact lenses or a need for additional surgery. In most cases, the patient can still do well and recover with good vision. It is for this reason that LASIK patients should confirm the experience of their surgeon to determine if he or she has specialized training in cornea surgery. Because LASIK is performed on the cornea, knowledge of the healing properties of the cornea and management of any complications are critical to the patient's well being. Knowing how to handle a complication, should one occur, can make a significant difference in the patient's outcome.
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