Marina Del Rey Optometry
Optometrists located in Marina Del Rey, CA
The possibility of putting away your eyeglasses for good may be all the motivation you need to consider LASIK surgery. Plus, 91% of patients are still satisfied with their LASIK results five years after surgery. The doctors at Marina Del Rey Optometry have extensive experience performing LASIK surgery and improving their patients’ vision. If you’d like a pre-screening exam to see if you’re a good candidate for LASIK, call their office in Marina Del Rey, California, or schedule an appointment online.
What is LASIK surgery?
LASIK, or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, corrects vision problems using a cool beam of light to reshape the cornea. The laser may be used to remove a small amount of the cornea, steepen the cornea, and/or smooth out irregularities, depending on the vision problem being corrected.
LASIK is commonly used to improve refractive vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.
What should you expect from a preoperative evaluation?
The doctors at Marina Del Rey Optometry talk with you about your expectations and whether LASIK can deliver the results you want to achieve. They also make sure your eyes are healthy enough for LASIK surgery and that your vision problem will respond to the procedure.
The doctors perform a thorough pre-op evaluation, using multiple tests designed to provide an in-depth picture of your eyes.
Advanced technology available at Marina Del Rey Optometry allows your doctor to perform a test called corneal topography. This test provides a detailed map of the curvature, or topography, of your cornea, which is essential in planning LASIK surgery. The procedure also reveals eye conditions that require treatment before LASIK can be performed.
What should you expect during and after LASIK surgery?
Prior to surgery, your doctor at Marina Del Rey Optometry explains the procedure and coaches you throughout, so you’ll know what to expect every step of the way.
LASIK surgery is not painful and it only requires topical anesthetic drops to numb your eyes. You may be in the room for about 30 minutes, but the actual laser treatment only takes 10-60 seconds.
It’s common to experience sensitivity to light, have watery eyes, feel like there’s an eyelash in your eye, or have mild discomfort following surgery. You’ll need to plan some recovery time, as it may take a few days for post-op symptoms to go away.
Your doctor provides specific post-op care instructions to speed healing, and you may need to avoid reading, working on the computer, and strenuous activity for a short time.
When will your vision improve after the LASIK procedure?
Most patients experience hazy vision for a short time after surgery. Otherwise, your vision improves almost immediately and it continues to improve gradually as your eyes heal from the LASIK procedure.