LASIK is a laser surgical procedure that can correct refractive errors, including myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The word LASIK is an acronym for laser-assisted in sit keratomileusis. This procedure reshapes the cornea, which allows light to enter the eye correctly and fixing your refractive error. If you are considering about having LASIK, our optometrists at The Eye Center in Bixby, Okmulgee, and South Tulsa can conduct an eye exam to see if you are a good candidate for LASIK.
Before you can have the procedure, you will need a consultation. During this appointment, our eye doctors will perform an eye and vision exam to determine if you are a good candidate. Some circumstances can prevent you from having LASIK surgery.
- Your Prescription: LASIK is only effective for certain prescription parameters. If you are nearsighted, your prescription cannot be higher than -11.00. If you are farsighted, your prescription cannot be above than +5.00. If you have astigmatism, your prescription can be no higher than 5.00.
- Your Health: You must be healthy to get LASIK. If you are pregnant or nursing, you would be a poor candidate. The same is true if you have lupus, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Also, certain medications can prevent you from healing after the surgery.
- Your Eye Health: Your eyes need to be mature to be a good candidate for the surgery. This occurs when you are 18-years-old. Your eyes must also be free from diseases. If you have cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, or dry eye syndrome, you would be a poor candidate. Finally, your vision needs to be stable to have the procedure.
Preparing For the Procedure
You will need to stop wearing your contacts two weeks before the procedure. Your cornea needs to be shaped naturally for the procedure to be effective. You are going to need a ride on the day of your surgery. When the procedure is complete, you won't be able to see well, therefore, it is not safe for you to drive.
After the Procedure
When the LASIK surgery is completed, your eye doctor will give you dark sunglasses to wear home. This will protect your eyes from the sun. Your eye doctor may recommend that you go home and take a nap, and avoid any strenuous activity. The more rest your eyes get, the faster they can heal. You should avoid doing any close-up work, including reading and using the computer for the rest of the day.
If you are considering LASIK, our doctors of optometry at The Eye Center provides pre- and post- LASIK exams. Our optometrists treat patients in Okmulgee, South Tulsa, Bixby, and surrounding areas. To schedule a consultation, give either of our optometry centers a call today. To reach our Bixby office, call 918-369-3937. For our Okmulgee office, call 918-756-0316.