Basically, there are three ways to correct refractive errors in your vision: prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, or eye surgery. LASIK surgery has been highly effective at correcting visual refractions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The following FAQs from Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman, & Hunter provide more information about this surgical procedure.
How Safe Is LASIK Surgery?
LASIK was initially approved by the FDA in 1995. Since that time, eye doctors around the country have been performing LASIK eye surgeries with few complications. Although there’s always some risk when it comes to surgical procedures, overall, LASIK is considered a safe and effective means of correcting refractive errors and improving your vision.
How Do I Qualify for LASIK Surgery?
If you’re interested in LASIK, talk to your eye doctor about the qualifications. If you come to us, our ophthalmologists will review your medical history and conduct a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate your eye health and visual acuity to see if you would be a good candidate for this procedure.
In general, to be eligible for LASIK surgery, you must be at least 21 years of age, have good eye health, have a stable eye prescription for one year prior to surgery, and have no medical conditions requiring medications that can interfere with your healing. LASIK should also not be performed on pregnant or nursing women due to hormone fluctuations that affect their vision.
Is LASIK Surgery Painful?
No. Your eye surgeon will put anesthetic drops in your eyes prior to your procedure to ensure you feel no pain. If you feel discomfort after the procedure, we can prescribe drops to minimize your discomfort and expedite your healing. Most patients feel fine within a few days.
Will LASIK in Tucson Give Me 20/20 Vision?
We cannot guarantee every patient will attain 20/20 vision after LASIK surgery. However, most patients attain substantial improvement in their visual acuity, making it unnecessary to wear glasses or contacts for optimal sight.
Are There Restrictions after a LASIK Procedure?
We recommend not swimming or playing contact sports for the first few weeks after surgery. Other than that, you can resume your normal lifestyle and schedule. Patients usually experience visual clarity one to two days after the surgery. Your vision will continue to improve in the months ahead.
Are LASIK Results Permanent?
LASIK results will reduce or eliminate your dependence on contact lenses or glasses for optimal sight. Over time, you may experience age-related changes to your vision, and there is a possibility you may need reading glasses. We provide ongoing care and can offer enhancements and treatments to age-related changes if necessary.
Give Us a Call to Learn More about LASIK
To learn more about LASIK, or to see if you qualify for this procedure, contact Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman, Hunter & Associates in Tucson and Oro Valley at 520-293-6740, or request an appointment on our website.