With the start of a new year, many people have already made a few resolutions for this year – losing weight, quitting smoking or drinking, going for an adventurous expedition, and more.
For many people, their resolutions probably wouldn’t include visiting an eye specialist, heart specialist, dentist, or any other healthcare professional for regular checkups.
For example, you might have already been experiencing some vision problems from the previous year, and put off seeing an eye specialist. Many people might have recommended undergoing eye surgery. If you’re one of them, then it’s time to take your eye health seriously.
Did you know a few years ago people with shortsightedness and long-sightedness used to depend on glasses or contact lenses to see better? However, thanks to LASIK eye surgery, millions of people can improve their eyesight without undergoing any pain. Hence, with LASIK eye surgery, you don’t have to worry about experiencing any pain during the laser eye procedure.
LASIK laser eye procedures have helped many people with their vision, and we believe it is essential that patients know the following before deciding to undergo LASIK laser eye surgery.
What is LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK, commonly known as laser eye surgery, is a surgical procedure used to correct various eyesight related problems, such as nearsighted, farsighted, and astigmatism.
How does LASIK eye surgery work?
When it comes to LASIK surgery, it works by reshaping the cornea, which is the transparent front part of the eye. An experienced and board-certified eye surgeon performs this surgical procedure. Your doctor will use topical anesthetic drops before starting the surgical procedure. This type of surgery doesn’t require any bandages and stitches.
What are the LASIK surgery risks?
Like any other surgical procedure, LASIK surgery also has short-term and long-term complications and risks. Although the treatment suits well to almost everyone, a few people may have more complicated cases. Less than 1% (percent) of people experience severe complications after LASIK surgery.
- Mild risks- Some of the less serious risks after the surgery include glare, halos, and haze.
- Severe risks- In rare cases, people may experience more serious complications, such as chronic dry eye, vision problems, and an eye infection.
How much does LASIK eye surgery cost?
The cost of LASIK eye surgery usually varies by practice and the region. However, the average cost of LASIK eye surgery is $1,500 to $3,000 per eye. You may expect some variations in the price of eye surgery, depending on the surgeon you hired, the type of surgery you’re undergoing, and the region of the country.
What to expect during LASIK eye surgery recovery?
- Once the surgical procedure is complete, you may experience temporary itching and a burning sensation in your eyes.
- You can’t drive until your LASIK eye surgeon gives permission. Therefore, you should either call a family member or a friend to drive you home after the surgery.
- You can expect haziness and blurry vision at least the first 24 hours after the surgery. However, the clarity of your eyes may start to improve by the next day.
- Over the next few days or a few weeks, your eyes may continue to improve and heal.
- It would be best if you avoided any strenuous exercise until your eyes heal completely.
As compared to any other surgical procedure, LASIK surgery has a higher success rate. However, it is always important to discuss with your LASIK eye surgeon about the associated risks and whether you’re an ideal candidate or not. If you’re looking to improve or correct your vision, feel free to call us – (201) 374-8900.
A new year comes with new hopes, dreams, and resolutions. With this note, we, at New Jersey Eye Center, wish you a healthy and happy new year.