Are you considering getting vision correction surgery in North Richland Hills so that you can see clearly without the need for prescription glasses or contacts? If you are LASIK eye surgery may be for you. The acronym stands for laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis.
Understanding Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis Eye Surgery
Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis involves cutting a flap in your cornea and removing tiny pieces of corneal tissue in order to reshape the cornea so that it focuses light correctly onto the back of your eye. It is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, and it can be used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Once your cornea has been reshaped, the flap is placed over the surgical site where it self-heals. This means that laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis does not require any stitches. Instead, a protective shield is placed over the eye while the cornea heals.
Good Candidates for Laser Eye Surgery
Good candidates for laser eye surgery are over 18 years of age or older. Your eyeglasses prescription must also not have changed within the preceding 12 months. Your eyes must be free of any conditions that would hinder their healing after the eye surgery. This means that if you have any eye infections or scratches, those would need to be healed prior to surgery. If you have dry eye, your symptoms must be under control as LASIK eye surgery can cause symptoms of dry eye, and since the procedure involves cutting a corneal flap and removing tissue in order to reshape it, your cornea must be thick enough to handle the procedure.
Getting Evaluated for LASIK Eye Surgery in North Richland Hills
Our optometrist at Advantage Eyecare in North Richland Hills can evaluate your eyes to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery. Your evaluation will include testing your visual acuity to make sure your prescription has not changed during the last 12 months. Your cornea will be measured to ensure it is a sufficient thickness to be able to handle the procedure, and you will be asked about any chronic health conditions you have that might affect the healing of your cornea. Individuals with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease or Sjogren’s syndrome or not typically good candidates for laser eye surgery.
If our optometrist determines that you are a good candidate, you will be referred to an eye surgeon for the procedure. After you have your eye surgery, our optometrist can perform all of your follow-up care to make sure your eyes are healing normally.