LASIK eye surgery helps correct refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, reducing or eliminating your need for corrective lenses. If you’re considering LASIK in Wichita to improve your vision, contact Wichita Optometry, P.A., for a consultation. The answers to the following LASIK FAQs from our Wichita eye doctor provide more information about this surgical procedure.
What Is LASIK Surgery?
LASIK is a laser surgical procedure designed to reshape the cornea of your eye in order to enhance your vision. If you’re nearsighted, your eye doctor uses a laser to flatten the cornea to give you better sight. If you’re farsighted, laser surgery steepens the cornea to improve sight. For astigmatism, laser surgery smooths out irregularities in the cornea to improve your vision. By altering the shape of the cornea of your eye, LASIK surgery can give you better visual acuity.
How Safe Is LASIK surgery?
LASIK surgery has received FDA recognition for being a safe and effective optometry procedure. No surgical procedure, however, is completely risk free. By working with a qualified LASIK surgeon who has ample experience in this field, you increase your chances of having a safe, successful surgery.
Will LASIK In Wichita Give Me 20/20 Vision?
LASIK surgery will undoubtedly improve your vision. Eye doctors, however, cannot guarantee that the procedure will give you 20/20 vision. Most patients are able to perform daily tasks such as driving, reading, watching TV or playing sports without using prescription eyewear.
Should I Have LASIK on Both Eyes at the Same Time?
Yes, when scheduling the procedure, your eye surgeon will likely inform you that both eyes will be done at the same time.
Does LASIK Hurt?
No. Your eye doctor will put anesthetic eye drops in each eye before performing the surgery. The actual laser treatment takes less than 60 seconds. The procedure from start to finish may take 15 minutes or so for each eye. Your eyes may be a bit sore for a few days after the surgery. If so, we’ll prescribe pain medications to alleviate your discomfort.
Am I Eligible for LASIK Surgery?
After a review of your medical history and thorough evaluation of your eye health and vision, we’ll let you know if you’re a good candidate for LASIK in Wichita. In general, LASIK candidates must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be free of eye infections and conditions
- Be free of degenerative or autoimmune diseases
- Have a stable prescription for at least one year before the surgery
If you’re pregnant or nursing, we may recommend you wait until your hormones stabilize before having surgery.
See Your Wichita Eye Doctor for LASIK
To schedule a consultation for LASIK in Wichita, contact Wichita Optometry, P.A., at (316) 942-7496.