Posted by: Eye Surgeons of Indiana in LASIK

As the new year begins, many people look for ways to improve their lives. One excellent option is to consider LASIK eye surgery. 

Are you tired of relying on glasses and contact lenses? If so, LASIK could be life changing. 

No more scrambling for spectacles on the nightstand or fiddling with contact lens cases and solutions every morning. Imagine simply opening your eyes and being able to focus instantly on the world around you. 

Clear, unaided vision is what millions of people worldwide have achieved thanks to LASIK. If you are hoping the new year brings you a better quality of life, clearer sight, and simple conveniences that feel anything but small, LASIK might be the resolution to usher in 2024 with.

Keep reading to learn more about how you can start the new year off right with LASIK!

What is LASIK?

LASIK, which stands for Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis, is a popular refractive eye surgery that uses a laser to reshape the cornea and improve vision. It is one of the safest and most precise procedures available today.

During LASIK, a surgeon creates a thin flap on the surface of the cornea and then uses an excimer laser to gently reshape the underlying tissue. This corrects refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

Refractive errors occur when the shape of your eye prevents light from focusing directly onto the retina, causing blurred images. Nearsightedness causes close-up objects to appear clearly while distant objects seem blurry.

Farsightedness is the opposite: distant objects may be clear, while close-up objects appear out of focus. Astigmatism causes stretched and distorted vision at all distances due to an irregularly curved cornea.

During LASIK, the excimer laser can precisely sculpt the cornea to help normalize its shape and curvature to bend light correctly onto the retina for crisper vision. This can significantly reduce or eliminate refractive errors that previously necessitated glasses or contacts.

The main goal of LASIK is to reduce your dependence on visual aids to increase your visual freedom. By correcting these common focusing deficiencies, LASIK allows you to see clearly on your own.

What Are the Benefits of LASIK?

There are many advantages to getting LASIK surgery. The most obvious is freedom from glasses and contact lenses. 

Waking up with clear vision and not having to deal with inserting contact lenses or finding your glasses is life-changing for most people. 

LASIK has an excellent success record, with over ninety-six percent of previous LASIK patients happy with their decision.

What Happens During LASIK?

The LASIK procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning patients are able to return home the same day as the procedure. The length of the surgery is approximately ten to fifteen minutes

To begin, topical anesthetic drops are instilledto numb the eye in preparation for the procedure. Your LASIK surgeon will use a femtosecond laser  to create a flap on the surface of the central cornea.

The cornea is the transparent outer layer of the eye that helps focus light. By creating this protective flap, your LASIK surgeon can access the underlying tissue of the cornea. 

An excimer laser is then utilized to reshape the innermost layer of the cornea, correcting refractive errors based on the patient’s specific prescription measurements. Finally, the corneal flap is repositioned to its natural position.

Most patients experience improved visual acuity soon after the LASIK surgery. The femtosecond laser allows for precise and controlled corneal flap creation, while the excimer laser reshapes the cornea to optimize the cornea’s refractive power. 

This outpatient procedure efficiently corrects common vision disorders through advanced laser technology and surgical skill.

How Do I Know if I am a Candidate For LASIK?

The best way to determine if you can get LASIK is to schedule a consultation. Every eye is unique, so you need an exam at Eye Surgeons of Indiana LASIK Center to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK.

During your LASIK consultation, your eye doctor will measure your eyes and discuss expectations so you can make an informed decision. Some basic criteria include being at least eighteen years old and having healthy eyes.

It is important that Your vision has been stable for one to two years before surgery..

Schedule your LASIK consultation today and start the new year with clear vision! This life-changing procedure takes just minutes but delivers lasting, freeing results.

Do you want to learn if you might be a good candidate for LASIK? Schedule a LASIK consultation at Eye Surgeons of Indiana LASIK Center in Indianapolis, IN, today!