If your eyesight is less than stellar and you’re tired of wearing spectacles and contact lenses, you may have thought about LASIK eye surgery and wondered if this would be the right choice for you. You’ll have to consult with your eye doctor first to be sure, but we can tell you a little bit about the process and what to expect.
In many cases, yes. LASIK surgery greatly reduces the need for all kinds of eyewear, including contacts. Its purpose is not to restore 20/20 vision in all patients, but many do, or even to 20/15. This surgery isn’t always perfect, though. Two-thirds of patients still must wear glasses or contacts occasionally and in some capacity. About 80 percent of patients say they are fully satisfied with their experience.
The surgeon will make a small incision with a laser across your cornea, which leaves a flap over its surface. Once that flap is lifted, they will use a second laser to reshape the cornea as desired so it can better retract light along the retina, situated at the back of the eye.
While you may have been scared off from the procedure after hearing that lasers are used in the process, it’s really not as scary as all that. It’s not painful, either. This is the very reason LASIK is so popular these days, as it’s associated with little pain and discomfort, if anything.
Your surgeon will give you numbing drops prior to surgery, just like prescription or over-the-counter eye drops you may be used to. They contain a local anesthetic that helps to numb the eye. Once you blink after the drops are put in, they start to infiltrate your whole eye. But ONLY your eyeball will feel numb, not your face or even your eyelids
The one thing you may feel during the procedure is when the surgeon uses a speculum to open your eye.
A quick and painless procedure: this is what you can expect. It takes just less than a minute. After he or she is done, the surgeon lowers the flap and you can go home. No stitches, bandages or pain meds, and no restrictions on normal activity.