A LASIK consultation is the first step to take when considering undergoing LASIK eye surgery. This is the stage wherein the eye doctor evaluates your eye health and condition to see if you qualify for a LASIK surgery.
The consultation’s main objective is to find out whether a laser eye surgery is suitable for a particular patient. It also determines which procedure would work best. Patients would be evaluated based on prescription or individual circumstances.
In a LASIK consultation, our best optometrist in Jacksonville, FL, educates the patient about the pros and cons of the surgery. The eye doctor then enumerates the benefits together with the risks involved with regards to the procedure.
Results arising from this specific procedure are also discussed by the doctor in order to satisfy the curiosity of patients looking to undergo corrective eye surgery.
Another thing to note is that after a LASIK consultation patients are not obliged to go on with the surgery.
Let us swiftly walk you through a LASIK procedure.
A LASIK Consultation is not a typical eye exam. It involves a thorough examination of the health of your eyes to see if you are indeed a good candidate for LASIK vision corrective surgery.
WHAT IS LASIK
Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, otherwise known as LASIK surgery is a procedure that treats severe degrees of myopia, astigmatism, and a moderate degree of hyperopia or farsightedness. It aims to lessen a patient’s dependency on using contact lenses or eyeglasses. Other types of LASIK surgeries include custom LASIK and bladeless LASIK.
This procedure is done to reshape the cornea so that light can enter the eye and focus towards the retina in order to achieve clearer vision. The process for both eyes can be completed within the span of 15 minutes and the best thing to note is it is absolutely painless. In less than 24, hours, a patient may have improved vision without the aid of glasses or contact lenses.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A LASIK SURGERY
During the LASIK procedure, the Ophthalmologist (a specialized eye surgeon) may use either a femtosome laser or a microkeratome in creating a thin, spherical flap in the cornea. Then, folds back the flap to gain access to the cornea to remove corneal tissues with the use of excimer laser. The excimer laser is a specialized laser that uses cool UV light beam that removes the corneal tissues and reshapes it to enable light to go through the retina.
For farsighted patients, it acts to create a steeper cornea while it flattens the cornea for nearsighted patients. Patients with astigmatism have irregular corneal shape that’s why the excimer laser works to smoothen out that shape to get back into normal form.
The eye surgeon lays back the flap in place after reshaping the cornea. Laying it back covers the area where the tissues were previously removed. The cornea then heals naturally. LASIK eye surgery only needs a topical anesthetic drops. No stitches or bandages are required.
However, LASIK is not for everyone’s consumption.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR LASIK SURGERY
A candidate for a LASIK procedure must be 18 years old or more. And must be in top shape where health is concerned.
Must be free from health conditions such as autoimmune or collagen disease, uncontrolled diabetes, or not having taken any medications or possess certain conditions that challenges immune response.
Conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, keratoconus, or corneal disease disqualifies a patient to undergo LASIK procedure. Those who have optic nerve and retinal diseases, herpes zoster, and herpes simplex also make a patient ineligible for the surgery.
Dry eye, eye infections or injuries may be indications that LASIK is not a good solution for a patient’s eye health.
A candidate must have a stable vision for a year prior to the surgery.
Pregnant or nursing mothers are disqualified from undergoing this procedure.
A candidate must have a corneal thickness of around 0.5mm at least which is determined during a LASIK evaluation process.
Your eye doctor should be made aware of your eye health history during consultation
Patients are asked to stop wearing contact lenses a few days or weeks before evaluation
Eye doctors also count strabismus, lazy eye, or recurring active or residual eye issues as conditions that may affect healing
There are several risks you have to be aware of before and after surgery
If you are considering LASIK eye surgery, please visit us for your LASIK Consultation to discuss your next steps.
Trillium Eye Care does not perform surgery but performs pre-operation and post operation eye care for patients as part of our LASIK Consultation. We work side by side with our health care partners to provide personalized care for our patients.
POST-OP CARE: HOW WE DO IT
After surgery, we continue to meet with our patients on a regular basis. This is to ensure that your eyes are healing properly and that post surgery risks and complications are minimized. Your post-op follow up checking begins the day after the procedure.
Our eye doctor will give recommendations for the next several months, prescribe you with eye drops that you can self-administer, and various eye exams across a period of six months.
After a year, we ask our patients to come back and receive another comprehensive eye exam. This is to evaluate the progress and results of the procedure. During this time, your eye health and vision are again checked.
If you are interested in learning more about LASIK, book an appointment for a LASIK Consultation with our eye doctor today!