Am I Candidate?
The ideal candidate for LASIK:
- has not had a change in their glasses prescription for a year (has a stable refractive error)
- is within the correctable range
- is free of eye disease
- is at least eighteen years old
- is willing to accept the potential risks, complications and side effects of LASIK.
LASIK Appointment Expectations
The Consultation: Your first appointment is a consultation with the doctor to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK. The doctor may examine your eyes and the health of your cornea. Houston Eye Associates doctors recommend that you be over the age of 18 and that your prescription for eyeglasses or contacts has not changed. Patients with certain medical conditions or women who are pregnant may not be good candidates.
The doctor will take measurements of your cornea to determine if you are a candidate, then you and your surgeon can discuss your treatment options based on your exam.
The Surgery: Once you are prepared for surgery, the surgeon will numb your eye and then place a lid speculum in your eye to prevent blinking.
The doctor will use an instrument (a microkeratome) or the IntraLASE laser to create a flap in the cornea. The patient usually feels a little pressure but not any pain. You will look into the laser beam as it reshapes your cornea, which takes less than a minute. The protective flap is then placed back in its original position. The flap does not require stitches.
Some patients experience some discomfort after LASIK surgery but this usually goes away within 24 hours.
Post Operative care: Patients customarily come back within 24 to 48 hours after surgery and then routinely visit the doctor every three to six months. You will need to wear a shield to sleep for five nights, and you will need tear drops and possibly other drops immediately following surgery.