LASIK Eye Surgery

There are actually several types of LASIK eye surgery. Traditional LASIK procedures, though a great option, are lagging behind some of the technological strides being made in what is now called advanced, premium, or customized LASIK.

In traditional, non-customized LASIK procedures, your surgeon works solely off of a vision prescription to perform your procedure, which treats your eyes the exact same as countless other eyes with similar vision problems. But in customized LASIK, like OptiLASIK® Laser Vision Correction, new techniques and devices allow surgeons to map the specifics of your eyes for the best results possible.

OptiLASIK® Laser Vision Correction utilizes the advanced diagnostic technology of the WaveLight® Analyzer, actually creating a "map" of your eyes for your own personal vision profile, capturing the one-of-a-kind quirks and characteristics that make your eyes special. By using the map as a guide, your surgeon can better personalize your LASIK procedure.

Your eyes are special; they deserve special attention. Why treat them to the exact same procedure that everyone else gets when you can customize your procedure?

Am I the Right Candidate for LASIK Vision Correction?

Laser vision correction is a proven procedure that has given life-changing results to millions of people, but that doesn't mean it's right for everybody.

  • Start with a consultation. A surgeon can tell you if you and your eyes are ideal candidates and within the laser's range. Educate yourself first and go in armed with questions to ask your doctor so you don't feel overwhelmed by the options available. Sometimes, the initial consultation is even free of charge.
  • Make sure your vision prescription has been stable for at least the past year. If your vision is still changing, you may want to wait. Also, you must be at least 18 years old, and in some cases 21, to consent to the LASIK procedure.
  • Go over your medical history and any medications you may be taking with your doctor, as they may affect surgery. Certain eye conditions, such as thin corneas   Cornea: The clear, curved surface at the front of the eye through which light enters the eye. Along with the sclera, the cornea provides external protection for the eye.   or dry eye syndrome, can affect your surgical options and need to be discussed.

How to Prepare for LASIK Surgery

Once you've decided on LASIK eye surgery, and have chosen a doctor, you will have an initial consultation to discuss the pre-surgery details and follow-up care. This is the time to get to know your doctor and get firsthand answers to your questions. It's also your opportunity to learn what outcomes you can realistically expect from your LASIK eye surgery.

Your doctor will probably ask you to follow a few simple directions leading up to your LASIK eye surgery, including:

  • If you currently wear contact lenses, you will likely be asked not to wear them for 2 to 4 weeks prior to your procedure. Contact lenses can change the shape of your corneas, so you'll want to keep them out long enough for your corneas to assume their natural shape.
  • Keep your eyes free of debris. Your doctor may ask you to avoid using creams, makeup, or perfumes at least a day in advance of the procedure.1
  • Your doctor may recommend that you wash the area surrounding your eyes with a mild cleanser (such as baby shampoo) for a few days prior to the procedure.

When you're ready to make that initial consultation for a LASIK procedure, be sure to print and bring Questions to Ask Your Doctor.

A surgeon can help you decide not only if LASIK is right for you, but also which type of procedure would work best—like a premium LASIK, such as OptiLASIK® Laser Vision Correction—or if the time is even right for you.

Next: What to Expect Before and After LASIK Eye Surgery

References

  1. LASIK Eye Surgery. www.lasikeyesurgery.org/. Accessed October 18, 2010.