This painless procedure conducted by a Board- Certified eye doctor usually takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes per eye with the entire office visit probably lasting for 90 minutes. After a mild sedative is given pre-op, you will remain awake while eye drops will be instilled to numb each eye. Your eyelids will then be cleaned, and your eye will be held open with an eye speculum. A very small “flap” will then be made in your cornea using a bladeless excimer cool laser system. Once a flap is created, it is then lifted back to expose the underlying corneal tissue for ultimate treatment.
In select cases, because of occular issues determined in your preoperative evaluation, you may be a better candidate for surface based treatment called PRK( Photorefractive Keratectomy).
In both methods, an examiner laser is then used to remove a pre-determined and computer-controlled amount of corneal tissue to reshape the cornea. Then, the flap is replaced back over the area where the corneal tissue has been removed. In case of PRK, a special contact lense is placed over the eye for about 5 days to allow it to heal. These procedures will flatten the cornea to correct nearsightedness, steepen the cornea for farsightedness and smooth the cornea for astigmatism.
Who Would Be a Good Candidate for LASIK?
Good candidates for the LASIK procedure include those with myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and those with astigmatism (irregular cornea.)
How can Our Ophthalmologist Determine if You’re a Good Candidate for LASIK?
At Eastside Eye Physicians, our ophthalmologists will take a complete and thorough medical and occular history and comprehensive eye exam to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK. Your eye doctor will determine the shape and thickness of your cornea, your pupil size, and your refractive error. Your tear film and corneal topography will also determine if you’re a good candidate for LASIK. Unfortunately, we do sometimes find some people are not ideal candidates for LASIK or PRK refractive surgery.
How Can an Ophthalmologist Help You After Surgery?
After your LASIK surgery, your ophthalmologist may prescribe eye drops for any post-op burning or watering of the eyes that you may have. A post-op exam is usually conducted 24-48 hours after your LASIK procedure to treat any post-op issues you may have.
Call Us Today for an Appointment for Evaluation for LASIK Surgery
Call us today for an appointment at either our St. Clair Shores or Shelby Township offices with a skilled and experienced ophthalmologist for a LASIK consultation. Our St. Claire Shores office is located at 25511 Little Mack Ave. St Claire Shores, MI 48041 Tel 586-774-2020. Our Shelby Township office is located at 47100 Schoenherr Rd. Shelby Township, MI 48315 Tel 586-247-2020.