Corrective lenses (eyeglasses or contacts) have been the traditional way to treat refractive errors like farsightedness. However, they are notoriously inconvenient, uncomfortable, and not easy to maintain. They can also be expensive, as you need to change them regularly.
If you’ve been living with farsightedness (hyperopia) for a while now and you’re looking for a way to reduce your reliance on corrective lenses or stop using them altogether, consult your eye specialist about whether LASIK surgery is right for you.
Read on to get a basic idea of how the procedure works and what you can expect afterwards.
LASIK for Farsightedness
Your eye surgeon will start the procedure by giving you medications to help you relax and administering numbing drops in your eye. Your doctor will then use an eye speculum to hold your eyelids open. They will then proceed with the first laser to create the corneal flap. During this time, you will likely feel slight pressure, and your vision may dim a bit.
Your doctor will then lift the flap away from the front of your eye then fold back the flap to gain access to the part of your cornea that needs reshaping. Your eye surgeon will then use a programmed laser to reshape the area/s of your cornea, removing a tiny amount of corneal tissue with each pulse of the laser beam. During this time, your doctor will ask that you focus on a point of light to keep your eye steady while they reshape your cornea with the laser.
Once they’re done reshaping your cornea, your surgeon will then lay the flap back into place. If you need the procedure done in your other eye, your surgeon can do it on the same day.
Immediately after your procedure, you will likely experience slight itching or burning sensation in your eye and blurry vision. Other side effects of LASIK include dry eyes, glares, and halos. These are temporary, and usually, clear up after a few weeks.
Your eye surgeon will give you pain medications and eye drops to keep you comfortable after your procedure. They might also recommend that you wear a shield over your operated eye at night until it fully heals.
You’ll have to see your eye surgeon for a follow-up check-up the day after your surgery then one week. This is when they will check how well your eye is healing and ascertain there aren’t any complications.
You will notice a significant improvement in your vision the day after your procedure as well each day after. It’s worth noting that this partly hinges on how good your vision was prior to your procedure.
Qualifications for LASIK
You may qualify for LASIK surgery if you meet the following criteria:
- You are 18 years or older.
- You have no active eye disease, including glaucoma (increased pressure within the eyeball).
- You have a stable lens prescription for at least two to three years.
- Your pupils must not be too large, or your cornea too thin which will be determined during your complimentary consultation.
- You are not pregnant or lactating.
- You must be in good overall health, not suffering from any type of degenerative condition or autoimmune disorders, such as Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes.
Your eye surgeon will determine your eligibility for LASIK through a comprehensive eye exam and thorough review of your medical history.
LASIK Surgery in Coral Gables, FL
At Laser Center of Coral Gables, our highly credentialed eye surgeons have performed tens of thousands of successful LASIK surgeries over the course of their career, so you know you can trust in their expertise and commitment to delivering the best possible treatment outcome for you. 98% of all LASIK cases performed at the Laser Center of Coral Gables are 20/20 or better.
To consult one of our eye surgeons about LASIK surgery, call us today at (305) 461-0003. You may also fill out this contact form, and one of our staff members will get in touch with you as soon as possible to confirm your appointment.