3 LASIK FAQs To Consider

3 LASIK FAQs To Consider

October 29th, 2018

Smiling Young Woman after LASIK Surgery

So you’re looking into getting LASIK, but you have a lot of questions. This is normal and completely expected! After all, you’re looking into a life-changing procedure.

It’s natural to have questions that you want to be answered before you make a decision. Here are some frequently asked questions about LASIK to help you get started on your journey!

Does LASIK Hurt?

LASIK is a painless surgery. Your eyes get numbed before the surgery using a localized anesthetic in the form of eye drops. These prevent your eyes from feeling the incisions or any pain.

At most, you may experience a slight pressure on your eyes when they are being held in place. This may be uncomfortable, but it is not painful at all. During recovery, your eyes may feel irritated or scratchy, but this goes away after a few days.

Is LASIK Safe?

LASIK has a success rate of over 96%, making it very safe!  It is, in fact, one of the most well understood and successful surgeries in any medical field.

New technology is always under development, making it even safer and more reliable. We are proud to use cutting edge technology at Laser Eye Center in Huntsville, AL! This ensures the safety and success of all our patients!

How Does LASIK Fix My Eyesight?

We are able to see because our eyes interpret light that bounces off of objects like images. This light passes through the clear covering over our pupils called the cornea.

From there, the light passes through a focusing lens inside the eyes. This is then bounced onto light-sensing tissue at the back of the eye known as the retina.

You may think that LASIK fixes the lens, but the lens is only responsible for some focusing power. In fact, the cornea does most of the focusing! When your cornea is misshapen, it is not able to refract light into the eye.

Instead, it will sometimes bring light into focus in front and behind the retina. When light focuses in front or behind the retina, images are not seen properly.

This is what causes nearsightedness and farsightedness. this is nearsightedness and farsightedness.

LASIK reshapes the cornea using lasers and computers to guide them. First, a flap gets created in the upper layer of the cornea, called the epithelium.

This flap is then lifted up, exposing the thicker middle layer of the cornea.

In the thicker middle layer of the cornea, there is more tissue to work with. This is where a small amount of corneal tissue is removed to reshape the cornea.

By reshaping the cornea, it becomes more uniform. The flap is placed back down and left to heal on its own- no stitches are necessary!

You may have many more questions about LASIK. Get all your questions answered by scheduling a LASIK consultation today at the Laser Eye Center in AL!

Aren’t you ready for a clear vision journey that will change your life? Contact us today and find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK!