LASIK is a well-known eye surgery. According to the American Refractive Surgery Council (ARSC), it remains the most popular vision correction procedure in the U.S. At Lotus Vision, Dr. Nemi performs some of the best LASIK Atlanta has to offer, so a person can live life ahead free from the hassle of wearing glasses or contact lenses.
What Is LASIK?
LASIK is laser eye surgery performed to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism (deviation from a spherical curvature in the eye or lens causing distorted images). All these conditions are caused by focusing errors that can be corrected by changing the shape of the cornea (the transparent layer forming the front of the eye).
A cornea that is too steep causes myopia. A cornea that is too flat causes hyperopia. A football-shaped cornea is called an astigmatism.
LASIK Vision Correction in Alpharetta, GA
As an Alpharetta LASIK surgeon with extensive training and experience, Dr. Nemi can reshape the cornea using a laser. After creating a protective flap of tissue in the outer layer of the cornea, he uses the laser to remove cells in the layer underneath. When cornea reshaping is complete, he replaces the flap, which serves as a natural bandage protecting the eye as it heals.
How Good Is LASIK Today?
ARSC reports that, in a review of more than 4,400 clinical studies of LASIK between 2008 and 2015, researchers found that patients are experiencing better than ever visual outcomes. This data pool also showed that the LASIK procedure has improved over time, and, with technical advances, it ranks among the safest and most effective surgeries today. This scientific review also found that global patient satisfaction with LASIK has increased to more than 98 percent.
Is LASIK Surgery Painful?
Laser eye surgery may seem like a scary prospect, but our LASIK in Atlanta is a virtually pain-free procedure. Some people experience mild discomfort from a vibrating sensation or slight pressure, but most report feeling no pain at all. Before treatment, we administer anesthetic drops to numb the eye and intravenous sedation to make treatment more comfortable.
How Long Does a LASIK Procedure Take?
LASIK is not a lengthy procedure. The average time for this treatment, including prep, can range from 60 to 90 minutes. The laser vision correction itself only takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
What Is Recovery Like after LASIK?
You may have irritation or a foreign body sensation in the eye for a few hours after surgery. For most people, LASIK recovery time is minimal. Most patients are able to resume many of their normal, daily activities within a day or two after the procedure and return to work within two days.
Although side effects are minimal and dissipate quickly, full recovery after LASIK surgery can take between three and six months. Post-op follow-up visits begin within one to two days after surgery and continue throughout the recovery process.
Reasons to Have LASIK
Thousands of people are having LASIK today for a variety of reasons, including:
- Demand for high-quality vision that only LASIK can provide
- Convenience of corrected vision always available without the bother of glasses or contacts
- Lifestyle choices among athletes and outdoor enthusiasts when glasses or contacts might get in the way
- Professional necessity for first responders such as police officers for whom the ability to see clearly can mean the difference between life and death
Who Is a Good Candidate for LASIK?
LASIK is a successful surgery for patients who meet certain criteria. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if:
- You have healthy eyes, with no injury, infection, or conditions such as dry eye syndrome or conjunctivitis
- Your cornea is thick enough. A cornea that is too thin, extremely irregular, or misshapen could compromise results in LASIK surgery.
- Your pupils are not overly large. Large pupils can increase the risk of side effects such as glare, halos, and starbursts in low light.
- Your prescription for correction is within certain limits. If your prescription to correct myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism is very high, you may not be a good candidate for the procedure.
- You are 18 or older. As the eyes keep changing into early adulthood, it makes sense to not have LASIK before age 18.
- You have had stable vision for at least two years. Refractive errors should be stable for a minimum of 24 months before refractive surgery is performed.
- Your general health is good. People with certain conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and Type 1 diabetes should not have LASIK surgery.
- You are not pregnant. Hormonal changes can alter the shape of the cornea. Wait until pregnancy and nursing are complete and your hormones have returned to normal before undergoing LASIK.
What to Look for in a LASIK Surgeon
LASIK is a proven, popular procedure with a long and successful track record. Nevertheless, it is important to choose the right surgeon to perform the procedure. Traits that make a good LASIK surgeon include:
- Extensive experience
- Advanced technology
- Excellent communication
- Board certification
Dr. Nemi at Lotus is a board-certified, fellowship-trained LASIK surgeon serving Alpharetta and the greater Atlanta, Georgia area. He has extensive training and experience and a practice focused on laser vision correction, cataract surgery, and comprehensive eye care. Dr. Nemi also has a warm, compassionate approach and always takes the time to listen to and communicate with his patients.