What is LASIK?
LASIK, or ‘laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis’, is a normal refractive surgery procedure. The reason for its popularity is that the patient usually experiences significant improvement in vision as soon as the day after surgery. The treatment uses a laser to remove very tiny pieces of corneal tissue in your cornea to help reshape it. This can help you whether you are near or farsighted. Once complete, light will be focused more accurately into your eye and onto the retina, resulting in clearer overall vision.
The goal of the procedure for people with nearsightedness is to fractionally flatten the cornea while for farsighted it is the opposite. The big advantage of LASIK treatment is that it does not require any time in the hospital. In fact, the procedure itself only takes around 15 minutes for both eyes at the surgery center, although you will need to allow at least an hour so that post operative tests can be performed.
When you can open your eyes and see well enough to walk without glasses you are released. But it is the standard to have someone who can drive. Over the next week or so, you will need to apply medicated drops several times a day which will help protect your eyes and aid in the healing process.
Post LASIK Treatment
For the first few days, you should also avoid straining your eyes. This means wearing 100% UV sunglasses if outside and keeping the lights in your home dimmed. You will also need to come back to see us during this time so Dr. Bettner can ensure that everything went as planned. With over 20 years of optometry experience, Dr. Bettner specializes in the treatment and management of ocular diseases and treatment. Call our office or visit our website today to schedule a time to speak with us about LASIK surgery in our north Colorado Springs office.