More than 700,000 people get LASIK surgery each year. If you are considering the procedure, but are still unsure if it is right for you, our team at Sina J Sabet MD PC in Alexandria can help. We have gathered some of the questions that we run into from our patients regarding LASIK.
What exactly is LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK is an eye surgery used to help patients focus images onto the retina, allowing them to see more clearly. The patient is awake during the procedure, however, the eye surgeon will typically provide a sedative to help the patient remain calm. The typical length of a LASIK procedure is about 20 minutes.
Who is a candidate for LASIK?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved LASIK eye surgery for adult patients struggling with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Ideal candidates for LASIK should not have an autoimmune disease, not be pregnant, and have healthy eyes with no history of cataracts, glaucoma, or a chronic dry eye condition.
Is LASIK eye surgery painful?
This eye surgery is not painful. However, you may feel a slight itching or burning sensation in your eyes after the procedure, but it should go away quickly.
Is it difficult to recover from LASIK?
The recovery period is not difficult for LASIK surgery. You will not be permitted to drive home from the procedure. You will need to go to your follow-up examination with our ophthalmologist the day after the surgery, so we can review the results of the surgery and clear you to drive. It is also recommended that you take a day or two off post-surgery to rest. Refrain from strenuous activities for the week after surgery, otherwise, you run the risk of hindering the healing process.
Are there risks associated with LASIK?
With any surgery, there are potential side effects. For LASIK, these side effects include dry eye, inflammation, impaired nighttime vision, and infections. Furthermore, as you age you may require reading glasses.
Learn More About LASIK in Alexandria, VA
If you are in the Alexandria area and interested in LASIK, contact Sina J Sabet MD PC to learn about our options. Call our team today at (703) 370-9411 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.