or Lasik (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a type
of refractive laser eye surgery performed by ophthalmologists for
correcting myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The procedure is
generally preferred to photorefractive keratectomy, PRK, (also called
ASA, Advanced Surface Ablation) because it requires less time for the
patient's recovery, and the patient feels less pain overall. However,
there are instances where a PRK/ASA procedure is medically justified as
being a better alternative to LASIK.
Many patients choose LASIK as an alternative to wearing corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses.
My Day for Lasik Surgery
This story is for my family and friends who wonder what it is like to go through a Lasik vision correction procedure. I've shared my experiences with one or two colleagues at work that have also had Lasik done, and there are enough variations to give insight to those who are trying to choose between different Lasik physicians or different Lasik centers.
First, my Lasik procedure was scheduled for 4 PM in the afternoon, which was fine with me. One of the directions for patient that has just had a Lasik procedure was to go to sleep as soon as possible, in order for the healing process to begin as quickly as possible. And usually by the end of the afternoon I am too tired after working all day to be very nervous. Well, usually anyway.
I had only been there a few minutes when I was called into a room to prepare me for the Lasik procedure, and to get instructions (again!) on how to care for my eyes once the Lasik vision correction has been done. They offered me some Ativan, which is a mild sedative just to keep me calm during the Lasik process.
The lasers themselves monitor any head or eye movement and turn themselves off when it occurs, so it isn't that the sedative is for anything other than psychological reasons. I took it anyway. All of my colleagues at work also took it, though none of us really felt any different than we did before. Apparently it is a VERY mild sedative.
My eyes were prepared for the Lasik procedure by being dosed with eye numbing drops and some kind of medication. I cannot be sure of the other pre-operative steps, as I think I was trying very hard not to think about either Lasik or my eyes. Perhaps the sedative was a bit stronger than I imagined it was.
At this point I was escorted into another room for some time, where I sat back, listened to the piped-in music, and awaited my turn in the Lasik operating room. There were two other people waiting with me in this room, so apparently my doctor different setup for his Lasik patients than my colleagues. Both were alone in their pre-op rooms until they were escorted into the room where the Lasik procedure was actually performed.
the Lasik procedure itself, all of us have similar memories from this
procedure. Each of us felt some pressure when the various Lasik
implements were used on our eyes, though there wasn't any real
discomfort or pain. There was a blurring of vision for the eye being
worked on, but the real sensation was mainly audio - the whirring and
clicks of the machine.
One of my colleagues also remembers a distinct smell, somewhat reminiscent of hair burning. There may have been a slight smell during my Lasik procedure, but it wasn't significant enough for my attention to be focused on it.
After a short amount of time, my Lasik physician said he was done and that I had been a good patient. In all of our Lasik experiences, the operation itself was much easier than all of our worries about it beforehand. I hope this helps those of you considering having a Lasik procedure done.
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... eye infection or injury for at least a year, and must have no scarring on the cornea of the eye. In addition, they must not have any recurring eye problem, such as a history of herpes infection in the eyes. The medical history of a prospective Lasik client also plays an important part. Some chronic conditions, ...
... using the laser for 20 seconds, 5 seconds to go, procedure done for this eye. Very successful." In this way I was reassured that the Lasik operation was going quickly and according to plan. I followed all my Lasik physician's instructions to the letter after the procedure, and I am so happy with the results! ...
... for the Lasik physician to determine how to reshape your eye to give you the clearest post-operative vision possible. This eye exam will do several things. Your eyes will be dilated in order to see if there are any irregularities within the eye itself. The thickness of the cornea will be measured, and ...
... given a mild sedative to relax them and make sure that they are comfortable. Though a small pressure to the eye may be felt during the Lasik procedure, the process itself is relatively pain free. The surgeon does use a laser in the eye to help reshape the cornea during the Lasik procedure. Many folks ...
... as IntraLasik, or bladeless Lasik) or a small blade known as a microkeratome. This flap is then opened to allow the cornea to be reshaped by the Lasik system.The excimer laser actually reshapes the cornea, which is the crucial part of the Lasik procedure. In order to determine exactly how to reshape it, ...
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