Over the last 22 years, laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis – known everywhere as LASIK – has become an alternative...
What is LASIK?
LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a type of refractive surgery used to treat nearsightedness, astigmatism and farsightedness by reshaping the cornea’s curvature. If you have one of these three conditions, you have blurry vision because when light enters your eye through your cornea, it fails to focus clearly on the back of the eye (retina). LASIK restores good eyesight by focusing light clearly on the retina.
An outpatient procedure, LASIK has gained popularity due to its short recovery time and limited postoperative pain. You heal rapidly, reducing the need for prolonged medication and allowing both eyes to be treated at the same time. Most people experience about 12 hours of mild irritation after LASIK, similar to the feeling of dirty contact lenses. One dose of Tylenol is typically all most people need. Most patients return to work within 48 hours.
Horizon Eye Care began performing corneal refractive surgery in 1985, followed by Laser Vision Correction in 1993 and LASIK in 1997. We offer you exceptional care and results with our fully equipped LASIK center, dedicated solely to performing this procedure.
Are you a good candidate for LASIK?
If you wear glasses or contacts, you could be a candidate for LASIK. Horizon Eye Care offers free initial LASIK screenings and consultations. A LASIK screening consists of a thorough examination and testing of your eyes to ensure that LASIK is right for you.
If your doctor determines you are not a candidate for LASIK, you may be more suited for PRK. Learn more about PRK.
Tests to determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK include:
- Dry eye testing
- Detailed refraction
- An assessment of your vision
- Measurement of your pupil size in low and medium light, corneal topography (shape) and corneal thickness
- A comprehensive eye exam
Once the pre-operative testing is complete, you and your LASIK doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure. Your doctor will answer any questions that you have. Your Horizon Eye Care specialist will walk you through the procedure step by step and review important postoperative instructions.
Intacs for keratoconus
Intacs corneal implants provide a unique new option to improve vision and defer a corneal transplant in most patients. Intacs are indicated for the correction of nearsightedness and astigmatism as well as for keratoconus, in which contact lenses and glasses no longer provide clear vision.
The Visian ICL is an implantable Collamer lens that works with the eye to correct vision. Unlike traditional contact lenses that go on the surface of the eye, the Visian ICL is positioned inside the eye between the iris (the colored part of the eye) and the natural lens, where it stays indefinitely. If your vision changes dramatically, however, it can be removed from the eye.
Following your LASIK procedure, you will receive a topical steroid to make you more comfortable and an antibiotic to prevent infection. Any additional medications may be provided on an individual basis.
Trust Horizon Eye Care specialists
In 2009, Sightpath Medical named Horizon Eye Care as a Top 25 practice in the U.S. for continued surgical excellence, exceptional patient care, and demonstrating surgical expertise through a high volume of refractive surgeries.
Make an appointment
If you have thought about LASIK or would like to learn more about what it is, call 704-367-8133 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for a free consultation with one of Horizon Eye Care’s LASIK specialists. Online, use our LASIK Consultation Request form or Horizon Eye Care’s Patient Portal. Embrace visual freedom and a new active lifestyle.
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