Refractive surgeries are meant to improve your eyesight by correcting common vision problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. They help reduce dependence on traditional eyeglasses or contact lenses. One of the most popular types of refractive surgery is LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis). This is a laser procedure that helps reshape the cornea to allow light to be properly focused onto the retina, thus correcting common refractive errors.
In today’s post, your optometrist from Alderwood Optical shares how LASIK surgery co-management with a trusted eye doctor can lead to improved long-term results after the procedure.
Refractive Surgery Eligibility
Your eye specialist will discuss your vision goals and assess your eye health to determine whether you are eligible for LASIK. They will then suggest a pre-operative evaluation, which involves counseling on refractive surgery options, eye dominance testing, reviewing of eye history and corneal assessment.
What to Expect During the Procedure
To for refractive surgery, it’s important to understand how the procedure works. LASIK involves using an excimer laser to create a flap on the cornea and access the underlying tissues that are causing your irregular eye shape. The surgeon will then put the flap back in its original position.
To undergo the procedure, you should at least be 18 years old. Your optometrist or eye doctor will also check your visual acuity to make sure it has remained consistent for at least the past year.
Dry eye syndrome is common after LASIK, making your eyes red, watery and irritated. Your eye care specialist may suggest anti-inflammatory medications, eye drops, and pain relievers to ease eye discomfort. They may also recommend wearing sunglasses for at least a week after undergoing the procedure and avoiding activities that could hurt your eyes.
Alderwood Optical offers LASIK surgery co-management services. Our optometrist can also help you choose the right eyeglasses and contact lenses that can help correct your vision. Call us today at (425) 771-8472 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Bothell, Lynnwood and Shoreline, WA.