According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there were over 800,000 LASIK procedures performed in the US in 2010 alone. This number has continued to rise, freeing more and more people from their dependence on glasses or contact lenses, with over 30 million recipients worldwide.
The LASIK Procedure
LASIK is an acronym for Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. The procedure reshapes the cornea, which is the round, clear section on the front of your eye, to correct refractive errors. Dr. Patel forms a flap in the cornea using either a microkeratome or a femtosecond laser before lifting the flap and reshaping the corneal tissue. The flap is then repositioned for optimal visual acuity. Better vision occurs almost immediately after surgery, and healing is usually quite quick if all post-surgery protocols are followed.
Who Is a Candidate?
Good candidates are over 18 years of age and have a stable prescription. In addition, a good candidate is also free of cataracts and uncontrolled glaucoma. There are many factors that can have an effect on an individual’s surgical outcome. For this reason, Dr. Patel will conduct a careful eye examination to determine if LASIK is the right choice for you.
The Benefits of LASIK
LASIK can correct most common refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Even if you are unable to completely give up your eyeglasses or contact lenses, your prescription could be greatly reduced. This can make daily life much more comfortable. Dr. Patel will be able to advise you as to the level of vision correction you can expect from LASIK before your procedure. This will allow you to make the best decision possible for yourself.
An Adaptable Procedure
With LASIK, there is no such thing as being too old! While 18 is the minimum age, people well into their elderly years can reap the benefits of the sharp, crisp vision often enjoyed after undergoing this procedure. LASIK can also be done on your schedule. You decide when to have it done, allowing you to choose a time in which you will be relaxed and have plenty of free time to recuperate. Finally, you can also decide your final results. Dr. Patel will be happy to explain all of these possibilities to you in detail during your appointment.
At the Wichita Vision Institute, we pride ourselves in finding the right treatment for each individual. If you’re tired of poor visual acuity and are ready to consider a permanent solution, LASIK may be the right choice for you. If you reside near our office in Wichita or in Maize, Park City, Goddard or the surrounding area, feel free to contact us for a consultation.