Is LASIK the same as PRK?
PRK is the original procedure in which the excimer laser was used. The PRK laser surgery involves the ablation, or scraping, of corneal tissue beneath the cornea, as well as the cornea itself. Corneal “sculpting” achieves the improved vision by achieving the optimal refraction of light. LASIK is used to correct astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness by reshaping the inner layers of the cornea with laser light. After gently folding back the top layer of corneal tissue, reshaping is carefully carried out with the laser. Reshaping allows the optimal focus of light rays onto the retina. Because the corneal surface is largely undisturbed, LASIK patients report a high degree of post-surgical comfort as well as an immediate improvement in the sharpness of vision.
I wear corrective lenses. Does this make me a good candidate for LASIK?
The LASIK procedure is well suited to many people who wear glasses. Most degrees of nearsightedness can be successfully improved with this procedure, as can mild to moderate degrees of farsightedness and astigmatism. Severe vision impairment may be best treated with the replacement of an unhealthy lens. Additionally, there are specific criteria that must be discussed before we begin planning the LASIK procedure.
Is LASIK painful?
Before commencing treatment, numbing medication is administered for optimal comfort. Most patients report feeling very little if any discomfort following their procedure. What you may feel after LASIK is the sensation of grittiness or scratchiness. Eyes may also water more than normal for a short time.
Can LASIK be performed on both eyes in the same procedure?
Yes. We treat both eyes during the same visit.
What will my vision be like right after surgery?
LASIK often produces an immediately noticeable improvement in visual acuity. The day after the procedure, many patients report they no longer need their corrective lenses. As tissues heal, the vision continues to improve over the course of about a week.
Will I need much time off from work?
In most cases, it is possible to return to normal activities within 24-48 hours after LASIK surgery. Dr. Salib will discuss factors that may require extended time off work or other activities after comprehensive consultation and examination of your eyes prior to surgery.
Will results from LASIK last?
While refractive surgeries are considered permanent, LASIK does not minimize the risk of conditions such as cataracts or presbyopia, which are related to age rather than the shape of the cornea.
We are happy to answer your questions about LASIK or our other vision correcting treatments. Call (949) 441-5444 to schedule your consultation with Dr. George Salib.