If you wear glasses or contacts, you’ve likely considered laser eye surgery at some point. After all, the idea of never having to struggle with contact lenses or deal with the hassle of uncomfortable eyeglasses can be tempting!
At Lemon Grove Optometry, we provide laser eye surgery consultations and surgical co-management for LASIK procedures. While we don’t perform the actual surgery at our clinic (you’ll be referred to a trusted ophthalmologist in your area), we take care of the pre-surgical testing and monitor your healing progress. Consider us your touchpoint for all your LASIK-related questions! If you’re curious about LASIK, wondering if it’s right for you, or simply want to know more about it, please reach out to us today! We’re always here to answer your questions.
LASIK is usually completed in 30 minutes or less. Before the procedure, numbing drops are placed in your eyes to keep you comfortable, and you may be given medication to help you relax. A special instrument will also help keep your eyes open and prevent you from blinking during the procedure.
Your surgeon then uses a small cutting laser or blade to create a flap in your corneal epithelium. This flap is folded over to expose the corneal stroma. Using a programmed laser called an excimer laser, your corneal stroma is reshaped by removing tiny amounts of tissue.
The flap is then placed back over your freshly reshaped cornea and is left to heal on its own.
Your eyes may be watery or feel gritty after the procedure, and your vision will be blurry. Make sure you arrange for a ride home and take it easy for the rest of the day. Your vision will improve over the next few weeks as your eyes heal.
We’ll ask you to come to our clinic for a series of follow-up appointments so your optometrist can monitor your healing progress. Many side effects of LASIK are temporary but can be irritating. Our optometric team is here to ensure your vision improves, your eyes remain healthy and comfortable, and any errors or complications are treated.