If you wear glasses or contacts but want to enjoy clear uncorrected vision, LASIK is an effective, simple procedure with life-changing results. Dwight Thibodeaux, OD, and Paul Tachau, OD, at Accent Vision Specialists provide co-management of LASIK surgery, including assessment and pre- and post-surgical care. To find out if LASIK is right for you, call the Santa Fe, New Mexico, office to schedule an appointment online today.
LASIK is a laser eye surgery to correct refractive errors, including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.
LASIK is an alternative to wearing glasses and contact lenses. After LASIK, most people can see clearly enough that they no longer need corrective lenses for most activities.
When you undergo LASIK, the laser reshapes your cornea. Vision problems are usually the result of unevenly shaped corneas, which don’t bend light properly and produce blurry images.
After you get LASIK, your corneas are more even, so they refract light properly and produce sharper vision.
In rare cases, people continue to experience vision issues after surgery. Some people’s refractive errors return years after the surgery, though usually, it’s far milder than before LASIK. Rarely, people have improved but with somewhat blurry vision after the procedure.
If people develop blurry vision after LASIK, they may be able to undergo enhancement, which is essentially a touchup.
A LASIK enhancement is in many ways the same procedure as an initial procedure but far less dramatic. Your eye surgeon does only minimal additional changes to your corneas, which are usually enough to achieve the desired vision.
The great majority of patients who undergo LASIK are satisfied with their results. In the off chance you experience some vision problems after the procedure, you can choose not to have an enhancement procedure. You may find it satisfactory to wear corrective lenses in certain situations like driving or reading.
In addition to being effective, LASIK is very safe and carries minimal risk of long-term complications.
The doctors at Accent Vision Specialists provide pre and post-op care in LASIK surgery. They determine if you’re an appropriate candidate for the procedure. Most adults with refractive errors, as long as they have good eye and overall health, can safely undergo LASIK.
Once your doctor at Accent Vision Specialists determines that you’re a good candidate for LASIK, they refer you to a LASIK specialist, who does the procedure.
LASIK is a simple procedure and takes about 10 minutes to do both eyes. Usually, the surgeon operates on both eyes in one session. Before the procedure, you receive numbing eye drops and a sedative pill, so you remain awake but are relaxed and don’t feel pain.
After you undergo LASIK, your optometric physicians at Accent Vision Specialists help you take proper care of your eyes and adjust to your new, clear, uncorrected vision. This includes protecting your eyes from contamination and ultraviolet exposure.
To schedule a LASIK evaluation, call Accent Vision Specialists today.