Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis or LASIK is a common procedure that corrects refractive eye errors. This treatment involves creating a thin flap in the cornea and removing corneal tissue under the flap. Patients with myopia have their cornea flattened while patients with hyperopia undergo LASIK to have a steeper cornea.
Benefits of LASIK
Our eye doctor serving families from Alexandria, VA can recommend LASIK to correct different refractive errors. It can also correct astigmatism by reshaping the cornea. By changing the focusing power of your eyes, you do not have to wear prescription glasses or contact lens. This makes daily activities easier, especially if you have an active lifestyle.
LASIK is also an FDA-approved procedure with high success rates. In fact, the American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that 9 of 10 patients reported 20/20 or clear vision after LASIK surgery. This procedure is also used to treat military patients with low vision.
Things to Ask Before Undergoing LASIK
Keep in mind that not all patients are ideal candidates for LASIK. You need to schedule an eye exam in Rockville, MD, first to determine whether you are fit for this procedure. Here are some things you should ask your eye doctor when choosing this procedure:
- Is my refractive error within the FDA-approved range?
- Am I old enough to undergo the procedure?
- Are my lifestyle choices compatible with LASIK?
- How long does the procedure take?
- What adjustments should I make for the procedure?
- Are my medications going to affect the LASIK procedure?
- Do I have health conditions that may prevent me from taking LASIK?
- Are there any side effects? If so, how can you treat them?
Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care can determine if you are a good candidate for this type of laser eye surgery in Washington, DC. If we find that you are not an ideal candidate for LASIK, we can offer other treatments such as clear lens extraction, radial or astigmatic keratotomy, or intra-ocular lens implantation.
To learn more about LASIK and our other care eye services, you can call us at (301) 859-4060. You can also schedule an appointment by filling out our contact form.