LASIK is a quick surgical procedure that can improve vision by reshaping the cornea to correct nearsightedness (myopia), short sightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. After treatment, many patients have their 20/20 vision restored.
Using the accuracy of the excimer laser and the benefits of keratoplasty, it has helped millions to recover their eyesight. It is minimally invasive and is associated with very little pain.
Dr. Semel performs a physical evaluation of your eyes, takes your medical history, and consults with you about your eyesight to determine whether LASIK is the appropriate procedure for you.
The ideal LASIK candidate:
Some diseases or conditions that could impair the procedure or the healing process may make patients unsuitable for LASIK.
First, Dr. Semel puts you under local anesthesia with numbing eye drops. When the procedure begins, an instrument called a microkeratome is used to create a flap in the cornea. The cornea is then painlessly peeled, and the corneal tissue is reshaped using a different laser. This is so the cornea can focus light on the retina, correcting the eyesight. Then, Dr. Semel reseals the flap.
LASIK can take as little as 15 minutes per eye, but we don’t rush our patients in and out of the office. After the procedure, your eyes become dry, so you are given eye drops to keep them moist. Dr. Semel also provides you with prescription eye drops that can prevent infection and inflammation. For the first day after surgery, your vision may be blurry, but this subsides within the first few days.
As a follow-up after surgery, you need an evaluation within one to two days, with regular follow-ups for six months.
If you want to have a frank discussion about whether LASIK surgery is right for you, contact Dr. Semel today. She’ll be able to find the right course of treatment for your vision.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!