If you are looking for an alternative to eyeglasses and contact lenses to see well, you should consider LASIK surgery. LASIK is a laser surgical procedure that helps light to enter properly in your retina by reshaping your cornea. Our excellent team of optometrists and staff at Mead EyeCare & EyeWear in Woodbury, MN, can determine if LASIK is right for you with an eye exam and can refer you to a local eye surgeon who can perform this laser surgery.
What Refractive Errors Do LASIK Treat?
LASIK can treat three common refractive errors: myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. To be a good candidate of LASIK, your prescription must fit within the following parameters:
- Myopia: Up to -11.00 diopters
- Hyperopia: Up to +5.00 diopters
- Astigmatism: Up to 5.00 diopters
At What Age Can I Get Lasik?
Your eyes need to have reached maturity, which usually occurs around 18 years of age. The reason being is that at this age, your condition is less likely to worsen after the LASIK procedure, increasing the chances of keeping your eyes stable.
What Conditions Make Me a Poor Candidate?
There are a few factors that would make you a poor candidate for this procedure, such as:
- Autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren’s syndrome
- Being pregnant or nursing
- Taking certain prescription drugs like steroids that could interfere with your healing
- Dry eye
How Long Does the Surgery Take?
The entire LASIK procedure lasts about 10 minutes per eye. Depending on the amount of correction you need, the laser portion can take 20 to 50 seconds to correct your refractive error.
Does LASIK Hurt?
Before your eye doctor begins the procedure, they will use numbing drops so that you don't feel anything. You may feel a bit of pressure, but you won't feel any pain.
Are There Restrictions After the Procedure?
The day of your procedure, your eye surgeon may recommend that you go home and take a nap. Your doctor may also suggest that you avoid reading, using the computer, or looking at your phone for long periods. Any strenuous task, eye rubbing, and water activity must be avoided for a while.
Are You Interested? Contact Us Today For a Consultation
While we do not perform LASIK, we do offer exceptional before and after surgery care, and we can refer you to one of the best eye surgeons in the Woodbury, MN, area. If you are interested in this procedure, schedule a consultation with our optometrists at Mead EyeCare & Eyewear today by calling 651-735-9550.