Baton Rouge Eye Physicians is excited to offer LASIK eye surgery for the treatment of common refractive errors. LASIK has been FDA approved since 1999 and can improve nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism with advanced laser technology. This procedure uses state-of-the-art systems to change the curvature of the cornea to enable light to focus properly on the retina for clearer vision. With LASIK, results are almost immediate and are long-lasting. It can also decrease or completely eliminate your dependency on glasses and contacts. Plan a visit at our Baton Rouge, LA office today to sit down with one of our experienced ophthalmologists to learn if laser vision correction is right for you.
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how is LASIK performed?
LASIK is a remarkably quick vision correction treatment and takes about ten minutes from start to finish. First, the eyes will be numbed and a special ring will be placed over each eye to prevent blinking. Then, we will use the advanced laser instrument to create a thin corneal flap. Then, we delicately fold the flap out of the way to use the laser to correct the contour of the underlying corneal tissue. Once this is complete, we will adjust the flap back into its correct position where it can then self-heal with no stitches. Patients will need to use antibiotics and lubricating eye drops for 2 – 4 weeks following their surgery.
After the procedure, patients should go directly home and try to sleep for several hours. This is necessary because the anesthetic will start to wear off and patients will feel a stinging sensation or like there is dirt in their eyes. Napping is the best way to keep from blinking during this hardest part of the recovery period. It's imperative not to rub the eyes as they heal. Many patients notice better vision immediately after the procedure; however, many patients have inconsistent vision for about a day or so. For the most part, eyesight is noticeably better within 24 hours, and the results will continue to progress further over the next several weeks. Patients can also experience spells of fuzzy vision, night vision issues, and glare while in their healing periods. These side effects are to be expected and usually dissipate over the next six months.
Are LASIK results permanent?
Following your surgery, you will have a brief recovery period. Generally, it takes the eyes 6 – 8 months to settle into their new prescription. After your eyes stabilize, your results will last a long time. Any new prescription changes occur because of the natural aging process, which happens to everyone.
Does LASIK prevent me from getting other eye diseases?
LASIK does not stop the development of cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, or other eye conditions. Ophthalmologists often call LASIK "disease neutral" because it doesn't cause other diseases, doesn't prevent future diseases, or doesn't stop ophthalmologists from treating potential diseases.
How soon can I drive after LASIK?
After your LASIK procedure, you can generally start driving within 1 – 3 days. However, this depends on if you have one or both eyes treated at the same time. The Department of Motor Vehicles allows individuals to drive with 20/40 or better vision. Around 90% of all men and women who receive LASIK surgery have this level of eyesight by the first day following their treatment.
Long-Term Clear Vision Today
Remarkable developments in LASIK technology are allowing more and more people to take advantage of laser refractive surgery. If you have been told years ago that you wouldn't be a candidate for LASIK, plan a consultation at Baton Rouge Eye Physicians to check on whether that's still true. Patients who aren't ideal candidates for LASIK might be candidates for a different refractive surgery option, including PRK. Our team is here to help our Baton Rouge, LA patients achieve their best eyesight possible.
Can I Get LASIK Eye Surgery Twice?
It’s safe to have a second LASIK procedure, though it’s generally 5 – 10 years after the first treatment.Read
Am I Too Old For LASIK Eye Surgery?
There is no age limit for LASIK eye surgery. But certain factors, including age-related factors, may preclude individuals from getting LASIK.Read
How Long Does Blurry Vision Last After LASIK Eye Surgery?
What to expect during LASIK recovery and how hazy, cloudy, or blurry vision afterward is a common, temporary side effect.Read
How Long Do the Results of LASIK Last?
While LASIK does improve vision, your eyes can still change over time based on a number of factors, altering the results of LASIK eye surgery.Read