What is LASIK surgery?
LASIK is a refractive surgery procedure that uses an excimer laser to reshape your cornea so that light can properly focus on the retina. It is a very safe and effective method to correct refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.
Are there different types of LASIK?
Yes. No two people have the same exact eye condition. Different refractive errors require different approaches and techniques for correction. Therefore, there are a variety of procedures to correct the refractive errors in your vision. LASIK variations include:
- IntraLase LASIK
- Wavefront- guided Custom LASIK
- PRK (Photorefractive Keratotomy)
- CK (Conductive keratoplasty)
At your initial consultation, Edison ophthalmologists Dr. Hitesh K. Patel and Dr. Himanshu S. Shah will perform a thorough eye examination to determine the best procedure for your unique condition.
Am I a good candidate for LASIK?
Not every person who wishes to undergo LASIK will qualify. Patients with corneas that are too steep or too thin may benefit from an alternative procedure. At Patel Eye Associates in Edison, New Jersey, we will evaluate and diagnose your vision condition using the latest technology to determine if you are an ideal LASIK candidate for. Based on our evaluation, we will recommend the appropriate procedure to provide you with the best possible results.
Is LASIK painful?
New Jersey LASIK surgeons, Dr. Patel and Dr. Shah will administer numbing drops to minimize discomfort. The corneal flap created for every LASIK procedure takes only seconds to create, and you will likely feel only a few seconds of slight pressure. In general, patients rarely experience more than mild discomfort through the entire procedure.
Will I still need glasses or contact lenses after LASIK?
That depends on the severity of your refractive error. The majority of patients do not need corrective lenses following their procedure. However, you may need glasses or contact lenses after LASIK if you suffer from presbyopia or if your prescription prior to surgery is very strong. Even if you require corrective lenses following your procedure, you will find that your vision has been substantially improved.
What are the benefits of LASIK?
LASIK offers numerous benefits. You can expect improved vision immediately following your procedure with little to no discomfort. For many patients, the greatest benefit of LASIK is a freedom from relying on glasses or contact lenses.
Please contact our laser vision correction office in NJ , serving Edison, New Brunswick, and Middlesex County, New Jersey, to schedule your initial LASIK consultation.