Alderwood Optical and Canyon Park Vision Clinic offers co-management for laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and refractive surgery as part of our premier eye care services. LASIK is a speedy, cost-efficient, and long-lasting solution to refractive errors. In today’s post, our expert optometrist in Bothell, WA, discusses basic things to know about this procedure.
Vision Problems It Can Correct
This method uses innovative laser equipment to reshape your cornea, and is thus a leading choice for people who are nearsighted or farsighted, though it works best for people with mild to moderate refractive errors. It also has a high success rate in managing astigmatism and presbyopia.
A stable eye structure is a major factor in determining the success rate of LASIK. This is why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends the use of lasers or laser-assisted procedures only for individuals 18 years and above. General good health is another key element; if you have an impaired immune system, dry eyes, or glaucoma, we may suggest other options, like photorefractive keratectomy (PRK).
Our experienced optometrist in Shoreline, WA, will perform a comprehensive eye exam to assess your current visual health. If you qualify for LASIK, we will coordinate with our expert surgeon, who will explain the process in detail and answer all questions you may have. We will work hand-in-hand to ensure the procedure’s success.
An anesthetic drops are applied on your eyes for your comfort. Once they take effect, the excimer laser is used to create a thin flap on your corneal surface, which the surgeon will retract to allow easy access to your cornea. Then excess tissue is removed to allow for better light entry and improved near and distant vision.
LASIK can reduce or eliminate your need to use prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses afterward. That said, you may still experience blurred vision and mild eye irritations for a few days. Our reliable optometrist in Lynnwood, WA, may recommend taking pain relievers and steroid eye drops to minimize your discomfort. We will also remind you of your next checkup schedule.
If you have any further questions about LASIK, call us at (425) 771-8472 (Alderwood Optical) or (425) 485-0430 (Canyon Park Vision Clinic). You may also complete our form to schedule an appointment.