Pre and Post-Operative Care for LASIK Patients
If you dream about achieving reduced dependency on corrective eyewear, LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileusis) may be right for you. During LASIK surgery, an eye surgeon uses an excimer laser to carefully reshape your corneas, correcting the way light refracts within your eyes. At Sather Eye Clinic and Optical, we can facilitate all of the preparation and follow-up care relating to your LASIK surgery. While Dr. Thomas Sather does not perform LASIK at his Bozeman clinic, he can help you along every step of the way, working hand-in-hand with some of the most trusted local LASIK surgeons. If you are considering LASIK, contact us today.
What Is LASIK?
Nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism are conditions caused by improper refraction of light within the eye. When light reflects off of an object and enters your eye, it is refracted twice: once when it passes through the cornea and once when it passes through the crystalline lens that lies behind the cornea. The light then reaches the retina at the back of the eye, which creates nerve impulses. These impulses travel through the optic nerve to your brain, allowing you to perceive images. Common vision aberrations occur when the cornea has an abnormal shape, and is unable to properly refract light.
During LASIK, your surgeon will create a hinged flap on the surface of your cornea, using either a keratome or a laser. Your surgeon then will use a powerful excimer laser to reshape the inner layers of your cornea so that it can properly refract light upon your retina. The doctor will lay the flap back over the surface of your eye to facilitate healing. The vast majority of LASIK patients achieve dramatically improved vision, and a reduced or eliminated need for glasses and contacts.
LASIK is a safe and highly effective procedure. However, not all patients are candidates for the surgery. Dr. Sather can provide a comprehensive screening to make sure that this procedure is right for you. Your appointment will last approximately an hour and a half. Dr. Sather will review your complete medical history and ask you about any health conditions such as diabetes or autoimmune diseases. He will also check to make sure your corneas are thick enough for LASIK, and screen for any retinal abnormalities that could complicate the procedure. If you have especially thin corneas, you may be a better candidate for PRK surgery. To perform the screening, Dr. Sather will dilate your eyes. Some patients feel uncomfortable driving home after this dilation, so you may want to consider bringing a friend or loved one to your appointment.
We maintain relationships with TLC Laser Eye Centers® and the Restore Vision Centers® of Boise and Spokane, where some of the area's top surgeons perform LASIK and PRK for our patients.
Dr. Sather provides three to six post-operative checkups to minimize your risk of complications and treat any issues that may arise. Any side effects patients experience after surgery are usually minor and temporary, but it is important to have a skilled doctor monitor your recovery. Dr. Sather can help reduce your risk of complications like infection, halos, glares, and corneal flap issues. One of the most common side effects of LASIK is dry eye, which can last up to three months after the procedure. Dr. Sather can provide both over-the-counter and prescription eye drops to treat dry eye.
If you are considering LASIK, contact our office today to secure outstanding pre- and post-operative care.