7 Interesting Facts You May Not Have Known About LASIK Laser Eye Surgery

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by Dougherty Laser Vision

Have you been contemplating getting LASIK because you are tired of wearing contacts or glasses? Maybe you have put it off because you think the LASIK laser eye surgery will be uncomfortable or require you to take a long time off work? You will be surprised after you check out these interesting facts about LASIK that just might have you scheduling your LASIK consultation today!

1. How Long Is the LASIK Procedure/Surgery?

It takes longer to prepare someone for LASIK eye surgery than go through the LASIK procedure itself. Once you are situated, the entire process is fairly quick. In most cases, it takes just a few minutes for each eye. Most people are quite surprised that their entire LASIK surgery is finished in about 10 minutes or less.

2. How Long Is the Recovery Time After LASIK?

The recovery time after LASIK is not as restrictive as you might think. You do have to give your eyes time to heal before resuming various activities like sports, swimming, exercising, and so on. Your laser eye surgeon will review these with you before your surgery.

Many people can return to light-duty activities within a few weeks after their laser surgery. Other types of activities will have to wait until given the “all clear” by your eye doctor. In general, it takes about two months for the eyes to completely heal.

3. What Makes Me a Good Candidate for LASIK?

LASIK has certain requirements to determine whether you are a good candidate for this type of laser eye surgery. For example, you will want to have a stable vision prescription that has not changed in the past two years. You also need to have healthy eyes. You must also be 18 or older to get LASIK surgery.

LASIK is a great choice for people with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, although your prescription must not be higher than +6.00 or lower than -12.00.

4. Can I Return to Work the Next Day After My LASIK Procedure?

Most people can return to light work duties within 24 to 48 hours after their LASIK eye surgery; however, it will depend on the type of work you perform. You want to give your eyes time to rest and avoid using electronic devices and computers for a few days, as these can cause digital eye strain and affect the healing processes.

5. How Probable Is It That I Will Have Complications After LASIK?

The likelihood of complications after LASIK is little to none. Yet, some people do experience post-LASIK complications. Some people might experience dry eye, minor eye soreness, redness in the eyes, and other such minor issues while their eyes are healing. These issues typically go away by the time the eyes are completely healed.

Your laser eye surgeon will review the potential complications before your procedure so that you are fully aware of them. The best way to minimalize complications associated with LASIK is to choose an experienced laser eye surgeon that uses the latest technologies and equipment.

6. How Likely Will I Get 20/20 Vision After LASIK?

Approximately 95% of all LASIK patients achieve at least 20/40 vision. About 90% of LASIK patients will achieve 20/20 or better vision following their LASIK eye surgery. So, there is a high probability that you will have 20/20 vision, but it cannot be guaranteed.

7. What Is the Likelihood That Something Might Go Wrong During My LASIK Procedure?

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It will depend on the laser eye surgeon you select and the equipment they use. At Dougherty Laser Vision, we have the latest advanced technologies and equipment. As such, even the slightest movement of your eye during the LASIK procedure will stop the procedure immediately. So, the likelihood that something might go wrong at our laser eye center during your laser eye surgery is relatively small.

We hope you were surprised by these interesting facts about LASIK laser eye surgery. If you have other questions or concerns or would like to schedule a FREE LASIK consultation, please contact Dougherty Laser Vision at (805) 422-7939 today!