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Considering LASIK Eye Surgery, here are the updates | Long Island Eye Doctor

Dr. Amy Chang

Eye surgery for the correction of nearsightedness (myopia) is a common elective correction for the eyes.  Here are the updates, and answers to the most common questions.

LASIK is the most popular form of refractive surgery today.  It stands for Laser-Assisted in SItu Keratomileusis.

LASIK uses a laser to reshape the front of the eye in order to improve visual acuity. It is a painless procedure that takes approximately 15 minutes,  it usually takes place in the eye surgeon’s office, rather than a hospital, and you leave the same day.

The improvement in vision is seen immediately, and you will take eye drops for the next week or so.

Frequently Asked Questions ?

Am I a candidate for Laser corrective surgery?

Here are some of the basic requirements,  you have to be at least 18 years of age.  Your prescription has to be unchanged for at least 12 months.  This is to protect you, because the last thing you want is to have the surgery, and then have your vision change a year later.  Your cornea has to be healthy, this is something that you will not be able to know, but the doctor will take a measurement of your cornea and make sure there is no disease.  And lastly your prescription needs to be within a certain range.  This range is large and the most people will qualify.

What is the difference between LASIK and PRK  (Photorefractive keratectomy)?

PRK is a similar procedure to LASIK but it has a longer recovery time.  The initial improvement in vision (right after surgery) is typically not as clear as LASIK, but with time the vision will improve and the final outcome is the same.  PRK can be performed on patients whose corneas are thinner, or if they have a higher prescription.

I never had to wear glasses, but now I have to wear reading glasses to read, can I have LASIK?

Most likely not, your reading glasses is the result of the muscles of your eye getting weaker (the muscles that control eye focusing)  Unlike people who have worn glasses all of their life, your prescription is only necessary for reading.  If you really are not convinced, look at your TV, or something far away with your reading glasses on, I bet you would not like to see like that full time.

The best way to see if you are a candidate for refractive surgery is to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor.

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