What is LASIK?
LASIK is an elective procedure that can correct certain refractive errors in patients eyes. In less than 10 minutes, the LASIK procedure can treat a vast range of refractive errors such as, nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The LASIK procedure corrects these refractive errors by reshaping the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, so that light passing through is properly focused on the retina located in the back of the eye. The best way to determine if you are a potential LASIK candidate is from a diagnosis within completing a dilated eye exam. At Bucci Laser Vision, Dr. Bucci offers FREE consultation screening exams to anyone considering CustomVue Bladeless LASIK.
Benefits of LASIK
- Around 90% of patients acquire their desired vision after LASIK. Your vision is corrected within the first 24-48 hours after LASIK. Individual results depend on your specific refractive error and other factors. In some cases an enhancement may be required within the first year. Studies have also shown that 8 out of 10 patients who have chosen and completed their refractive procedure are no longer dependent on their distance glasses or contacts for the majority of their lifestyle activities. Your results may vary depending on the severity of your refractive error and the experience of your surgeon.
- There is virtually no pain involved with LASIK; however, some patients find the procedure to be slightly uncomfortable. This feeling is usually from the slight pressure from the speculum which holds the eye open during the procedure. Anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye just before surgery begins and patients are usually given a mild sedative to relax. No bandages or stitches are required after a patient has LASIK. Following the procedure, you may feel a foreign body sensation or slight irritation in your eye for a few hours. This sensation is often described as a feeling of a single grain of sand or dust particle is in your eye, however, most patients are very comfortable shortly after completing the LASIK procedure. If these feelings of discomfort are present, you should contact your surgeon as soon as possible to address and solve these issues.
- LASIK can save you money over time, especially if you are someone who wears contacts. According to CareCredit, the national average cost of Bladeless LASIK is around $2,500 per eye. This may seem steep to the patient, however, when compared to purchasing contact lenses or Toric lenses, which help correct astigmatism, purchasing a $25 to $80 box of lenses multiple times a year can add up to hundreds of dollars annually quite rapidly. LASIK is a onetime procedure that can correct your distance refractive errors. Some ophthalmic practices such as Bucci Laser Vision offer LASIK enhancements and post operative visits for up to a year which is included in the price of the LASIK procedure.
Risks associated with the LASIK procedure
- Although LASIK is extremely successful, there are some risks associated with the procedure. There have been 5,000,000 and counting Americans that have had LASIK and according to the Eye Surgery Education Council (ESEC), less than 1% of patients who had LASIK have experienced serious complications. Dr. Bucci is very aggressive in treating the health of the eye prior to, as well as, after LASIK with preventative drops. If these instructions are followed by the patient, the risk of infection is minimal. Most complications that arise from LASIK can be treated and corrected. It is believed by many ophthalmologists that there is a greater chance of complications that result from wearing contact lenses over the patients lifetime than the procedure of LASIK.
- Night Vision may be impaired temporarily. After having your LASIK procedure completed, some LASIK patients have reported halos at night time, overtime (a few weeks) this will likely diminish. Advancements in technology, such as CustomVue and IntraLase/Bladeless have also greatly reduced this from occurring.
- Flap Related Risks are a possibility. During the LASIK procedure, а flap iѕ created in the cornea bу the surgeon using a laser. A normal flap ѕhould hаvе a suitable thickness аnd evеn edges. Occasionally, a flap that is tоо thick or doеs nоt hаvе еvеn edges is created. The experience and degree of knowledge your surgeon has along with the type of equipment being used is often a factor in determining results. Another cause may be the patient rubbing or disturbing the flap during their first night after surgery. This is why Bucci Laser Vision provides post-op goggles and recommend that the patient relax and take it easy for the rest of the day following their surgery; however, complication has bеen reduced to almost zero with thе use of advanced Bladeless LASIK technology, such as CustomVue Bladeless LASIK.
Although thеrе аrе risks that can arise with LASIK , knowledge of your surgeons experience, medical equipment and advancements іn medical science is encouraged. Compare surgeons on their experience, equipment, and the technological advancements provided by the practice before having LASIK. The increased knowledge and quality of your surgeon will have a great impact on reducing complications.
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