LASIK Eye Surgery
The ophthalmologists at Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman & Hunter Eye Care and Surgery Center have special education and skills in the field of eye care and specifically in Refractive Eye Surgery. During your consultation, your doctor will take into consideration refractive errors of the eye such as astigmatism which can be treated via LASIK eye surgery.
Definition of LASIK
LASIK eye surgery is effective for people who have nearsightedness or farsightedness caused by a refractive error. This particular type of eye disease classifies conditions that cause light to improperly shine on the retina, which causes issues with vision. Those who have nearsightedness are able to see close up, but objects in the distance are hard to see or a person can't see them clearly. Light in patients who have nearsightedness is focused in front of the retina rather than actually on it. People who are farsighted are able to see far away clearly but aren't able to see close up. This refractive error occurs because the light shines behind the retina rather than actually on it. Astigmatism occurs when the eye isn't shaped like a ball like a normal eye is. Those who have astigmatism have a football-shaped eye, which causes light to bend in more than one direction, making objects appear blurry, wavy or distorted. Most commonly, an ophthalmologist will reshape the cornea using a laser, so light shines on the retina properly.
Side Effects of LASIK
LASIK is a non-invasive, yet complex procedure, and patients are able to go home the same day of their procedure. Side effects are uncommon and typically aren't serious. It's possible for a patient to have blurry vision and experience discomfort in the first 24 to 48 hours after the surgery. Patients may experience glare, see halos, have difficulty driving at night or have fluctuating vision. Some patients experience dry eye after the surgery. These symptoms tend to subside over time, although some people will have these symptoms for the rest of their lives.
Results of LASIK
A majority of people have 20/25 vision or higher after the surgery, although some people receive results such as 20/40 vision. In some cases, people still require glasses or contacts only with a weaker prescription. Over time, you may need glasses to read or drive at night, even if you undergo the procedure and have optimal results. Patients don't always see the full results of the surgery right away.
Visit our office to have a complimentary screening!
We offer a complimentary screening to determine if LASIK or other Refractive procedure options are a good fit for you. To schedule an appointment for a LASIK screening, contact our Refractive Coordinator at 520-293-6740.
Refractive Surgery- LASIK and Beyond