LASIK Eye Surgery
Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is a type of refractive eye surgery that can improve visual acuity without the aid of corrective lenses. It is a safe, common and generally effective surgery.
William F. Beegle Optometry offers LASIK consultations, referrals, and co-management of surgery. We can assess your candidacy for the procedure, and if LASIK is the best option for you we will refer you to a qualified local eye surgeon and assist with all pre and post-operative care.
Our friendly, knowledgeable and experienced team of eye professionals are here for you every step of the process to ensure you are comfortable and achieve optimum vision.
What is LASIK?
Instead of correcting vision by bending (refracting) light rays with glasses or contacts, refractive eye surgery reshapes the curvature of the cornea by using a laser to remove tiny amounts of the corneal tissue. LASIK can potentially correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
- Nearsightedness (myopia) – one can see objects up close clearly but distant objects appear blurry. This occurs when cornea curves sharply or the eyeball is a little longer than normal.
- Farsightedness (hyperopia) – one can see objects far away clearly but objects up close appear blurry. This is caused by a cornea that is too flat or the eyeball is a little shorter than average eye.
- Astigmatism – focus of distant and near is impaired. This is from a curve or flattening of the cornea that is uneven.
Is LASIK Right For Me?
LASIK is most appropriate for people with mild to moderate degree of refractive error. People with mild nearsightedness experience the best results, while those with a high degree of nearsightedness or farsightedness along with astigmatism have less predictable results. Some patients who have had LASIK performed still need glasses for reading or driving at night.
It is ideal to have laser eye surgery performed when vision is stabilized. It is not recommended for people experiencing changes to their prescription or whose eyes are still changing (for example minors, or adults with presbyopia), as well as individuals with temporary fluctuating vision due to pregnancy, breast-feeding, or use of steroids.
If you have good sight most of the time, only needing glasses or contacts occasionally, the risks of eye surgery may not be worth the vision correction gained.
Certain conditions increase the risk of complications or substandard surgery results:
- Eye injury
- Eyelid disorders
- Eye infections including keratitis, uveitis, and herpes simplex of the eye
- Dry Eyes
- Large pupils, particularly if in dim light.
- Eye diseases that progressively deteriorate vision
- Family history of keratoconus
- Diseases that affect the immune system, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, HIV and other autoimmune disorders.
- Chronic pain conditions including migraines, IBS or fibromyalgia
Possible Complications and Side Effects of LASIK
Complications resulting in vision loss are rare. Other minor complications can be fixed with a follow up procedure to address issues such as under-correction, overcorrection, astigmatism.
The most common side effect is dry eyes. This condition typically clears up after a few months. During that time a patient may be advised to use eye drops to alleviate dryness.
Another reported side effect is temporary night vision problems like halos and glare, or even double vision. This usually subsides after a few days to a few weeks of healing time.
Most patients wake up the morning after the surgery with significantly clearer vision. In some cases a few days or weeks is needed to achieve desired, stabilized results.
If you are curious if LASIK surgery might be right for you, and you live in the Eatontown NJ area, call us at (732) 460-1001 to schedule your LASIK consultation.