LASIK Surgery – Austin, Texas
LASIK Surgery (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is the most common elective procedure to treat nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. The procedure has an amazing success rate at reducing or eliminating the need for eyeglasses and/or corrective lenses.
In most cases, the LASIK procedure is pain-free and is completed in under 15 minutes. The results are immediate, and most patients sit up from the surgical bed with improved vision. Although there may be some visual fluctuation, most patients are able to return to driving and working in as little as 24 hours.
*As of 2017, LASIK has received over 45 FDA Approvals and there have been more than 19 million procedures performed in the US. [*American Refractive Surgery Council]
LASIK Surgery: What to Expect
Most patients who have had LASIK will testify that the results are remarkable and even life changing. In one nationwide survey of more than 1,800 LASIK patients, 99% reported being satisfied or very satisfied with the results.
In another clinical study done for the FDA, 98% of patients who underwent Wavefront Guided LASIK could see “20/20 or better” without glasses or corrective lenses following the procedure. In the same study, 100% of patients were able to see “20/40 or better”, which is enough to pass a driver’s license vision test in most states.
Millions of people all over the world are completely free or less dependent on glasses or corrective lenses thanks to LASIK. The procedure is safe, extremely effective and permanent with minimal risk of side effects or complications.
LASIK Surgery: The Procedure
BEFORE LASIK SURGERY DAY:
A comprehensive evaluation will be performed on your eyes to measure corneal thickness, pupil size and refractive lens power (myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism). Corneal topography will analyze the eye shape and screen for other eye conditions. The evaluation will also measure your tear film, as sometimes precautionary treatments are recommended to reduce the risk factor of developing dry eyes after your LASIK procedure.
You will be advised to stop wearing contact lenses for a period of time leading up to both your exam and surgery (typically around two weeks), as contacts can alter the shape of your corneas.
LASIK SURGERY DAY PREP:
Plan to arrive at the LASIK Surgery Center approximately 1 hour before your LASIK procedure to allow for the check-in process. Once the check-in process is complete you will be offered a sedative to help you relax. The area around your eyes will be cleaned and a drape will be placed around them. You will be given numbing eye drops to prevent any discomfort during the procedure. There is no need for injections or needles with LASIK.
THE LASIK PROCEDURE:
The LASIK procedure is a refractive surgery to reshape the cornea (the dome-shaped transparent tissue at the front of the eye), which enables light to enter the eye in a way that it is properly focused onto the retina to produce clear and sharp vision.
For nearsighted patients, the cornea itself is too steep or the globe of the eye is too long so the cornea needs to be flattened.
For farsighted patients, the cornea is too flat or the globe of the eye too short so the cornea needs to be steepened.
For patients with astigmatism, an irregular cornea is smoothed to create a more consistent shape.
To reshape the cornea, a thin flap is first created using either a femtosecond laser or a microkeratome blade. This thin flap is then held back so some of the underlying corneal tissue can be reshaped using an excimer laser. The flap is then laid back into place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was reshaped.
AFTER LASIK SURGERY:
Once the procedure is complete the patient will take a short rest, and then undergo a brief post-operative exam. Since the patient is given a sedative prior to the procedure they will require someone to drive them home where we recommend that they rest for the remainder of the day. You will need to visit our office the day after surgery for a follow-up exam.
LASIK SURGERY RECOVERY:
Your vision is normally blurry for the first few hours after your procedure and you may experience some burning and stinging.
Please note the following is not uncommon after LASIK Surgery:
- Vision fluctuation early on in the recovery process
- Dry eyes for the first few weeks following surgery
- Use of antibiotic eye drops for 1 week following surgery
- Use of steroid eye drops for 2 weeks following surgery
Post LASIK surgery care:
- A protective shield is required during sleep for 2 weeks following surgery
- Protective glasses are recommended during the daytime for 2 weeks following surgery
- Avoid rubbing your eyes for the first 2 months following surgery
- Avoid strenuous exercise for at least 1 week following surgery
For more information about treatment details and the technology behind our LASIK Surgery procedure, please visit our WaveLight® FS200™ page.
To learn more, or to find out if you are a candidate for LASIK Surgery, please Call (512) 528-1144 or Contact Us.