LASIK eye surgery, in Arizona and across the country, is the most commonly performed and well-known vision correction surgery. Using an excimer laser, the doctor re-shapes the cornea (the stationary refractive element at the front of the eye) so that images are focused properly on the retina (the light receptor of the eye). The success rate with this procedure is excellent, with most patients achieving 20/20 vision or better upon completion.
If you wish to reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts, or just want to greatly improve your eyesight, visit us in Yuma, Arizona, to find out if LASIK eye surgery could be the solution. Request an appointment or call (928) 782-1980 to speak with one of our eye care professionals.
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LASIK, which is an acronym for laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is frequently used to correct several vision conditions, including:
To find out if you may be a candidate for this procedure, visit our LASIK Eligibility Evaluation page. Individuals who do not qualify for LASIK surgery may be better suited for an alternate laser procedure known as PRK.
During your procedure, the doctor first administers eye drops containing a local anesthetic to reduce discomfort. A speculum is then placed over the eye to prevent blinking. Next, the surgeon cuts an extremely thin flap from the outer layer of the cornea, using a microkeratome (a small blade specially designed for this purpose). The flap is folded to the side, and the excimer laser (programmed with the individual map of the patient's eye) removes excess tissue with quick pulses of concentrated light. This process usually takes less than a minute. Once finished, the doctor folds the flap back into place and surgery is complete.
The LASIK procedure itself involves little or no discomfort (or pain) both during the procedure and throughout the recovery process. Also, eyesight improvement is almost immediate and maximum vision is typically achieved within a few days.
Most individuals go home shortly after the procedure; however, someone else must drive or alternate transportation must be arranged. You will be asked to get plenty of rest, avoid any strenuous activities, and avoid rubbing the eye area for a period of time. There are follow-up appointments with the doctor 24 to 48 hours after the procedure, and periodically over the next few weeks and months. Vision should dramatically improve in the first few days following surgery. Most return to work in a day or two, although it is best to take a few days off to ensure a smooth recovery.