Putting on and removing contact lenses and eyeglasses every day can become a nuisance, but thankfully, there are excellent alternative options to maintain eye care. LASIK eye surgery is one such option that can fundamentally change the way you see the world – literally. If you are seeking top-quality laser vision surgery in Long Island, then look no further than Dello Russo.
How the LASIK Procedure Works?
LASIK surgery, which is formally called laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, consists of a two-stage process. The first step involves altering the shape of the cornea via the use of an ultraviolet (UV) light beam that is based on your pre-surgical eye exam. Then, a surgeon at a laser vision correction center will cut a flap in your cornea and “flip it open” to your eyes’ central area.
This type of procedure can correct one of three types of vision issues:
- Nearsightedness (myopia): Objects that are close appear clearly, but things that are far away don’t. This is due either to the eyeball having a slightly greater-than-average length or to a cornea curving very sharply.
- Farsightedness (hyperopia): Objects that are far away are clear, but near things seem blurry. This is due to either a flat cornea or a shorter-than-normal eyeball.
Astigmatism: This is marked by an uneven flattening or curvature of the cornea. Astigmatism affects the focus of both distant and near vision.
Who Are The Right Candidates For LASIK?
According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), certain studies reveal approximately 54.5 individuals per 100,000 people (1 in 2,000) in the United States are diagnosed with keratoconus. This is a progressive eye condition marked by the clear tissue on the cornea bulging outward to take a cone-like form. If you have this type of condition or another eye disorder like cataracts (clouding of the lens) or interstitial keratitis (chronic, non-ulcerative infiltration in the cornea’s deep layers), you may be advised against undergoing LASIK surgery.
Risks & Complications Of LASIK
LASIK eye surgery remains an extremely safe operation that leaves many patients satisfied with their results. Experts estimate that there is less than 1 percent risk of complications that result from this procedure.
LASIK Recovery Time & Side Effects
The estimated average recovery time for LASIK is approximately one day to open your eyes and three days for normal vision to return. Your eyes will be dry and irritated for the first few hours and days after LASIK surgery. You will also be sensitive to bright lights (including screens) and may also struggle to see at night for several weeks or even months post-surgery. Special glasses and various types of eye drops (anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, wetting drops, etc.) will typically be provided to you post-surgery.
Side effects of LASIK include dry eye, halos, glare, double vision, and starbursts. However, the American Refractive Surgery Council (ARSC) reported in 2017 that the FDA conducted several studies in recent years that revealed only between 5 and 10 percent of participants reported experiencing these symptoms, which disappear over time.
Contact Us For More Information
Speak to the experienced professionals at Dello Russo Laser Vision correction center in Long Island to learn more about the benefits and risks of LASIK eye surgery. We have performed more than 165,000 LASIK procedures since the 1990s. Call us at (646) 650-4338 or contact us online to make an appointment or for more information.