Whether you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, LASIK eye surgery can be a great alternative to a lifetime of wearing glasses or contact lenses. While not everyone is a candidate for LASIK surgery, the accomplished team at All About Eyes of Sayville provides helpful evaluations so you can see exactly what your eye-care options are. If you’re in the area of Sayville, New York, call the office now or set up an appointment online.
LASIK eye surgery is a surgery that can be an effective alternative to glasses, contact lenses, and most other forms of vision correction. These surgeries use a highly specialized laser to reshape your cornea — the clear, dome-shaped tissue at the front of your eye.
LASIK can remedy the most common eye problems, including:
If your cornea curves slightly too sharply, myopia — nearsightedness — occurs. You’ll be able to see objects close to you but have trouble seeing things farther from you.
If your cornea is too flat you could experience hyperopia — farsightedness — where you can more easily see objects when they are farther from you, but up close they appear blurry or unclear.
Unevenly curved or flattened corneas cause astigmatism or blurry vision, which disrupts things both close to you and far away.
Your doctor will need to perform a careful exam to make sure that you are a candidate for the procedure. This is done to ensure that the effects of the surgery are lasting and that the risks are not overly high.
Your doctor will evaluate your vision and ask you a standard series of questions about your medical and visual history.
Your doctor will look for signs of eye infection, dry or inflamed eyes, large pupils, high eye pressure, and any other eye conditions that could raise the risk of surgery or interfere with the results.
Finally, your doctor will determine exactly how much of the cornea needs to be reshaped and where. Usually, this is done with a scanner that creates an extremely detailed picture of the eye, almost like a map of a mountain range, to tell exactly where corneal tissue needs to be removed or reshaped. This is usually a quick and painless procedure.
Your doctor will then provide instructions about how to prepare for your LASIK surgery and will usually ask that you refrain from wearing contact lenses or eye makeup in the lead-up to your surgery.
If you’re interested in LASIK and would like to be evaluated, call the office or set up an appointment online today.