- Does LASEK hurt?
Although you are awake during the procedure, anesthetic eye drops administered before surgery help to reduce pain during LASEK. The procedure may be slightly uncomfortable, but this will be temporary. Following the procedure, patients may experience sensitivity, but this will also subside shortly after the healing process is complete.
- How long is LASEK recovery?
We require you to have a friend or family member drive you home after your procedure. Once home you should rest your eyes to allow the healing process to begin. On average, the healing process is 5-7 days total. Antibiotic eye drops will be prescribed to use following the surgery, along with other over-the-counter medications such as Vitamin C, flax seed oil and ibuprofen. Pain medication is prescribed as needed.
- What are the risks of LASEK?
All surgeries have some element of risk…and LASEK is no exception. Potential LASEK risks can include:
- Need for glasses or contacts
- Dry eye syndrome
- Cloudy vision
- Sensation of foreign object in the eyes
- Vision loss (in rare cases)
Choosing an experienced surgeon with an excellent track record of success will help reduce your chance of complications after LASEK. Complications often occur because the procedure was performed on patients who were not good candidates in the first place. Learn everything you can about your own eye characteristics, LASEK technology and your surgeon’s experience before having the procedure. The more you know, the better chance you will have a successful outcome.
- Will I ever need glasses again after LASEK?
LASEK is a permanent procedure that can help some people with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism achieve 20/20 vision. However, no doctor can guarantee 20/20 vision. Even if you do achieve crystal clear vision, your eyes will continue to change as you age. Around age 40 you may start to develop a condition called presbyopia which is the normal aging process of the eye. The eye lens loses flexibility, making it difficult to focus on things up-close. Reading glasses often become necessary to read small print.
- Will LASEK work for me?
Every set of eyes is completely unique. Simply having the same vision prescription as a family member or friend who has had successful LASEK does not mean your eyes are right for the procedure. A free LASEK Consultation with our refractive surgery specialists can help identify you as a good candidate. He will check your corneal thickness, eye measurements and overall eye health to pinpoint any conditions that may interfere with healing.
Here are some general criteria for good LASEK candidates:
- Between 21 and 65 years of age
- Stable vision prescription for at least one year
- Good eye health
- No health issues that may affect your eyes
- Tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses