LASIK, also known as laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is a laser procedure which enables a patient to be less dependent on glasses and contact lenses. Myopia is a common refractive error in which patients are able to see things up close, but struggle to make out images or objects that are far away. Lasik for myopia is an excellent option for patients to improve their vision without having to use glasses or contacts. Myopia may also be referred to as nearsightedness, since individuals are able to see near images better than far away. Lasik and nearsightedness, can provide patients with the freedom to live life without the daily dependence on glasses and contacts.
Myopia, often referred to as Nearsightedness, is a condition of the eye in which the light that enters the eye does not directly fall onto the retina, but in front of it. This abnormality causes the images in the distance that are being looked at to be out of focus, as the image or object moves closer, the image becomes clearer. People who are myopic often complain of blurred and distorted distance vision, squinting, eye fatigue, and headaches. Individuals who are nearsighted may experience all or some of these myopia symptoms.
There are several ways in which a patient can choose to address their myopia diagnosis. Lasik is a procedure to correct myopia and to give patients the freedom of not having to rely on glasses and contacts to see clearly. By using a laser to reshape the cornea, Lasik eye surgery for myopia is a useful and effective way to cure myopia.
Dr. Colman Kraff has been committed to providing safe and effective treatments to his patients over the past 3 decades. Here at the Kraff Eye Institute, we utilize the most advanced technology to deliver the best results!
The Lasik procedure works by reshaping the front surface of the eye, called the cornea, so that when light and images enter the eye, they fall directly onto the retina instead of in front of it. To determine if you are a candidate for Lasik to treat myopia, the first step is to come in for a no cost, no-obligation consultation. During your consultation you will have a series of preliminary measurements to determine your eligibility, they include:
Your doctor will review the measurements taken, and determine if Lasik is indeed an option for you.
If you decide to move forward with surgery you will need to be out of your contact lenses for a short period of time leading up to your dilated pre-operative exam and surgery. The measurements obtained at your initial consultation are meant only to be a screening evaluation to see if you fall within treatable perimeters for surgery. At your pre-op, we will gather all the precise measurements that will be used on the day of your surgery. Dr. Kraff will review these measurements in addition to looking at the internal health of your eye. He will then confirm if surgery is still a safe option for you and will be glad to answer any additional questions you may have.
On the day of surgery, you should plan on being in the office for about 2 hours. Prior to surgery, you will be given an oral sedative to help relax you during the procedure. During surgery, you will be given several sets of topical numbing drops to ensure a pain-free experience! You will also need a way of getting home without driving yourself or taking public transportation alone.
Once you and your doctor determine Lasik for myopia is right for you, the procedure involves the following steps:
The flap, over the next several days, will naturally readhere to the cornea and work as a bandage to help expedite the healing process. With LASIK, most patients have a highly functioning vision and can resume most of their normal activities within 24 hours.
One of the benefits of having LASIK surgery is the quick recovery time! Immediately following your LASIK procedure you will be encouraged to go home and try to sleep for as long as possible. You will be given oral pain medication to help manage and minimize any discomfort you may experience. Patients may feel some discomfort following the procedure, here a some of the things you might experience:
These can range from very intense to very mild, and each patient can have very different experiences. Most patients have highly functioning vision within 24 hours and resume most of their normal activities.
LASIK eye surgery can be used to treat mild to moderate nearsightedness, in individuals that have healthy eyes. LASIK for extreme nearsightedness is also highly effective. LASIK has been shown to work very well to reduce an individual's myopia or nearsightedness. Almost everyone has an improvement in their vision, with most people finding they are significantly less dependent on glasses and contact lenses. LASIK eye surgery is a safe option for individuals who meet the criteria for the procedure, your surgeon will determine at the time of your consultation if LASIK is the best option for you.
There are many factors that go into determining if an individual would be a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery. The best way to establish whether or not LASIK is a safe option for you, is to come in for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. During your consultation you will have several tests and measurements of your eye, including but not limited to:
If all of these measurements fall within the parameters of performing the procedure safely, your doctor will recommend the procedure to you. LASIK eye surgery can be a suitable option to fix your nearsightedness.
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Many people with myopia, also have astigmatism. The LASIK procedure can correct both refractive errors at the same time by smoothing out the corneal irregularities that cause astigmatism along with the irregularities that cause myopia. In the majority of cases, the LASIK procedure has been highly effective for treating astigmatism and nearsightedness.
LASIK Eye surgery for nearsightedness can cost between $4600 and $6400 for a bilateral LASIK procedure. Dr. Kraff will recommend the procedure that will provide you the greatest success, while offering the highest levels of safety.
To determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK with high myopia, it's best to consult your doctor. Dr. Kraff will evaluate your high level of myopia along with other factors to determine if you fit within the parameters of safety and success.
In a very small number of people, age-related changes may cause a person to develop blurry vision after a few years of having the LASIK procedure. Dr. Kraff can discuss your risk for regression at the time of your no-cost consultation.