LASIK FAQs Answered by a Cupertino, San Jose, Los Gatos, and San Cruz Optometrist
People who want optimal vision without the hassle of contacts or glasses may benefit from LASIK eye surgery. The procedure is very common and has minimal side effects. Spectrum Eye Physicians, serving Cupertino, Los Gatos, San Jose, and Santa Cruz, provides patients with the procedure in their office, and it's much less entailed than you may think.
What's LASIK eye surgery?
We perform LASIK in San Jose, Cupertino, Los Gatos, and Santa Cruz using an excimer laser. During the procedure, we use the laser to correct the shape of your cornea in order to correct vision problems caused by light not reflecting on the retina correctly. This helps with vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
What can you expect during a LASIK Eye surgery procedure?
During a LASIK surgery procedure, our eye doctor will give you a local anesthetic to numb your eyes via an eye drop. Using a laser, our eye surgeon creates a flap on your cornea and then folds the area back. Based on your particular needs, our surgeon removes thin layers of your cornea to reshape it. After the correction, our surgeon will place the flap back in place. The entire process takes about thirty minutes, possibly less. We only perform surgery on one eye at a time.
Does everyone qualify for LASIK surgery?
You may get LASIK in San Jose or any of our clinics if you have good overall eye health. For instance, you may not have retina problems or glaucoma. You may not undergo the procedure if you don't have enough corneal tissue or have other problems with your cornea. We only perform the procedure on those who are over the age of 18.
What kinds of results can you expect for LASIK surgery?
Most patients achieve 20/40 vision or better. Although it's not common, some patients still require corrective eyewear, but it's not as strong of a prescription.
What are the side effects of LASIK surgery?
Generally, patients don't experience any side effects from the procedure. In the first few days though, you may notice your vision is a bit a blurry as your eyes are healing. Your vision may fluctuate at first. Some people see a glare or halos around objects, but this tends to go away over time. You might have difficulty driving at night. Dry eye is possible. In some instances, patients need a second surgery to fully correct their vision.