You’ve heard of lasik eye surgery before. You may even know some friends or family members that have had this surgery done, but do you really know what it entails? Many patients who are eligible for this type of surgery don’t look into it any further because they fear the stories they have heard. In decades past, we’ve heard of people waking up blind the next day, having permanent light sensitivity, or even having their vision get worse. Of course there are always risks that come along with surgery, but modern lasik and similar surgeries have become so perfected that any negative side effects have gone way down.
To prepare for lasik eye surgery you will have to refrain from wearing contacts for a few weeks. Your eyes will need time to adjust and for any swelling, irritation, or inflammation to die down. The eye should be in its healthiest state for surgery so that everyone goes well. You will likely have to go in for a lasik consultation at least once before surgery to be sure that you are an ideal candidate. To determine this, some testing might need to be done. Once all preparations have been made and your eligibility has been determined, you can schedule the big day. Set aside the entire day and possibly a few days after that so that you can recover. Don’t plan anything that would make you move around a great deal. Truly, after this surgery you will just want to sleep and rest your eyes, so don’t make big plans. Just before your lasik eye surgery you will likely be given a vicodin to take the edge off, but it’s not required.
For the surgery itself, you will be lying on your back looking up at the laser device. Numbing drops will be administered so that you won’t feel any changes happening to your eyes. You may slightly feel the cornea flap move back, but it has mostly been described as just “uncomfortable” rather than painful. The corneal flap is created when a laser drills several small holes into the outer layer of the cornea. Then a circular metal knife is used to slice the thin cornea. The flap is pushed aside so that another specialized laser can probe into the inner stromal layer to correct the vision. After the inner layer has been reshaped and smoothed out, the corneal flap is put back into position. The flap naturally adheres to where it once was and over the next days and weeks it heals. So, that’s the whole process, extremely simplified. When you have decided that there is nothing to fear and that in just a few days you could have perfect vision without glasses, schedule your consultation with Mile High Eye Institute and get on your way. They are highly experienced with this type of surgery and will make you feel at ease. There are no more excuses left, just look into it and see what your life could become.