Life without glasses or contact lenses
If you often imagine what life would be like if you didn’t have to wear glasses or contact lenses, then LASIK eye surgery may be an ideal option for you. Waking up to a clear view of the alarm clock, traveling without contact lens solution, and enjoying a day at the beach without having to clean your glasses are just a few of the benefits you will experience after undergoing LASIK.
LASIK eye surgery can help you correct refractive errors in vision such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. The procedure uses a state-of-the-art laser to reshape your cornea so that it focuses light properly. The end result is clearer, sharper vision.
However, it is important to understand that your results depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of your prescription prior to surgery. Patients with very strong prescriptions may still require glasses or contacts for actions such as driving or reading following LASIK. In addition, age-related conditions such as presbyopia may impact your vision down the road, causing you to need reading glasses.
One of the greatest lifestyle benefits of LASIK is that you will be able to wear non-prescription sunglasses. You will no longer have to switch back-and-forth between your regular eyeglasses and your prescription sunglasses when going in and out of buildings. LASIK also makes it easier to participate in your favorite athletic activities. Skiing, cycling, swimming, and many other sports are much more enjoyable when you do not have to deal with corrective eyewear.
You may achieve a boost in self-confidence after your LASIK procedure. Many of our LASIK patients comment to us that they no longer feel like their face is hidden behind glasses.
Other benefits of LASIK include:
- Extremely high success rate – over 90% of patients achieve their desired vision following LASIK, and many more achieve excellent vision with a simple enhancement procedure
- LASIK is virtually pain-free
- You will see clearly almost immediately following your LASIK procedure
We have been performing LASIK procedures for patients in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area since the technology received FDA approval in the 1990s. In fact, our LASIK surgeons have performed thousands of procedures over the years.
Our ophthalmologists will perform a free comprehensive LASIK consultation to ensure you are an ideal candidate for the procedure. We will perform all the necessary tests to be certain that you are not just a candidate, but an excellent candidate for LASIK.
Because of the large number of specialists in our practice, we are able to perform any alternative procedure that may more effectively meet your vision correction needs. Our ophthalmologists regularly achieve excellent results with PRK as well as LASIK. Dr. Patrick McGraw can perform a Visian ICL procedure for patients who are not ideal candidates for LASIK. He is one of the only doctors in Northeast Pennsylvania who is qualified to perform this procedure.
- Over the age of 18
- Have a stable prescription for at least one year prior to undergoing LASIK
- Healthy eyes that have not suffered an infection for at least one year
- No corneal scarring
- Does not suffer from dry eye syndrome
- Not pregnant or nursing
Does not suffer from an autoimmune disease which may impact your ability to heal
In addition, you must have corneas of average thickness or better in order to maintain the shape of your eyeball after your procedure. If your corneas are too thin, it may result in LASIK complications.
Our ophthalmologists have extensive experience performing a variety of LASIK alternative procedures as well. If you are not an ideal candidate for LASIK, you may still be able to dramatically improve your eyesight with a procedure such as PRK.
People who enjoy swimming, water skiing or scuba diving often find LASIK to be extremely beneficial since it allows them to see clearly when enjoying their favorite hobbies. However, you will need to avoid these activities for at least a week following your procedure to prevent infection.
Skiing, mountain climbing, and other high altitude activities are also much more enjoyable after LASIK. However, a common problem experienced during high altitude activities is dry eye. Since dry eyes are often a temporary complication following LASIK, you may want to refrain from these activities during the healing period.
It is important to mention any health conditions you have and any medications you take during your initial consultation. Our ophthalmologists will need this information in order to determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK and anticipate any potential risks that may arise due to these conditions. If you have a problem with dry eyes, make sure to tell our ophthalmologists during your consultation since this condition may impact your LASIK candidacy.
- Irregular astigmatism — In rare instances, your cornea may warp due to scarring. This occurs when the laser is not properly centered on your eye. Symptoms such as double vision or “ghost images” are commonly associated with this complication.
- Diffuse lamellar keratitis — This complication may occur if debris gets lodged behind the corneal flap. Symptoms may include light sensitivity, blurry vision, pain, or a sensation that something is trapped in your eye.
- Overcorrection/undercorrection — This complication may impact your results and require you to wear corrective lenses after LASIK.
- Dry eyes — Almost 50% of LASIK patients experience dry eyes during the first six months after their procedure. However, this generally subsides as your eyes heal. Our doctors may prescribe artificial tears or dry eye medication to help alleviate any discomfort until your dry eyes go away.
Keep in mind that these complications are very rare and their risk can be reduced even more by working with a highly skilled and experienced LASIK surgeon.