Millions of people contemplate having LASIK eye surgery so they can correct their vision problems. Choosing the right surgeon is just as important as knowing what to expect during the surgical procedure. Knowing what lies ahead and learning more on LASIK here will make the surgery and journey a lot better.

Before the patient goes into the surgery room, they will undergo testing with an optometrist. The tests let the surgeon know what type of work the cornea needs to have done to best improve vision. The test serves two purposes; assessing the eyes and eyesight to see what situations are fixable with the LASIK surgery.

The patient should stop wearing his or her contacts a few weeks before testing. Contact lenses temporarily change the cornea shape, and the doctor needs to see them in a natural state. This helps the optometrist have an accurate measurement of the cornea to know how much needs removing for the best vision results possible.

The second reason to visit the doctor before surgery is to assess the patient’s healthy history to make sure he or she is a good candidate for the LASIK procedure. The doctor looks for changes in the eye prescription within the last year, any history of a thin cornea or glaucoma as well as any prior eye injuries.

After the patient interviews possible surgeons and chooses a doctor he or she feels comfortable with and completes all the testing, the next step is surgery. When the patient goes into the surgery room, he or she will be sitting in a recliner type of chair. This is the position the patient stays in during the entire procedure.

The surgeon uses a machine attached to a computer, microscope and a laser. The patient is given a numbing eye drop, and the eye is then cleaned. After cleaning, the eyelid is held open with a speculum that prevents blinking. A ring gets put over the cornea which then has pressure applied to left off the cornea.

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When the cornea is in the right position, the surgeon cuts it open to have laser access to the patient’s eye. Now, the laser does its job. When the testing was performed in the office, the exact measurements of how much should be removed to reshape the eye correctly were programmed in the system. The computer will stop the laser automatically when the exact amount of tissue is removed. After the computer is done, LASIK surgery is complete.

The eye doctor will place a patch over the patient’s eye to help the cornea heal. Most people return to work and normal activities in just a couple of days.


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