LASIK eye surgery can be done on people with astigmatism, far-sightedness or near-sightedness. During the procedure, Dr. Patel uses a laser to reshape the patient’s cornea, which is the part of the eye that helps focus light coming into the eye. Eye problems like near-sightedness are often caused by a misshapen cornea.
What Happens During the Procedure?
LASIK eye surgery is an outpatient procedure performed in the comfort of our office in Wichita. Dr. Patel uses a laser to cut a small flap in the cornea’s surface to gain access to the underlying tissue. After using a laser to reshape the tissue so it can focus light properly, Dr. Patel replaces the flap.
Some of the Main Advantages of LASIK Eye Surgery
One of the biggest advantages of LASIK eye surgery is its efficacy: about 85 percent of patients gain 20/20 vision or better, and 95 percent gain at least 20/40 vision. LASIK’s results are essentially permanent, so there is no need for any follow-up procedures. Barring disease or old age, LASIK’s improvements will last the rest of the patient’s life.
LASIK eye surgery also boasts a quick recovery time, and most patients can go back to work or otherwise resume their usual activities after just days. The patient will have to use eye drops to keep their eyes moist and prevent infection.
LASIK eye surgery reduces the need for corrective lenses. Many patients won’t need glasses or contact lenses at all, while others may still need reading glasses. This is particularly true of patients over 40, who are prone to developing a condition called presbyopia that affects the lens of the eye.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
The ideal candidate will be a healthy adult with no eye diseases and realistic expectations. People who engage in contact sports like boxing that involves repeated blows to the head or eyes need to be able to stop during the healing period.
The best way to determine your candidacy for LASIK eye surgery is to consult with Dr. Patel and her team at Wichita Vision Institute in Wichita. She would be happy to review the details of the procedure with you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started!