Let Us Explain Your Laser Eye Surgery Options
Laser eye surgery is a big decision; one you don’t take lightly. You want to be sure you fully understand all your options and are familiar with the process. Bluebird Family Eye Care wants to put you at ease.
We’ll take the time to make sure you feel comfortable making a choice, offering compassionate care before and after your procedure. Contact Bluebird Family Eye Care and let us guide you through your laser eye surgery experience.
LASIK was designed to reduce recovery time and risk of infection. It has since become the most popular refractive surgery in the world.
The doctor makes a small flap in the outer tissue of the cornea, folding it back to reveal the inner corneal layers. They’ll then reshape your cornea from the inside, correcting your refractive error. Once the cornea is reshaped, the doctor will replace the flap, covering the altered tissue.
Although your vision should be totally clear within 24 hours, it’s not a bad idea to take a day off to relax and let your body heal. We’ll contact you to see how you’re feeling and check your vision for over or under correction. You must not drive or operate machinery until we’ve checked your vision and told you it’s safe to do so. To avoid any flap complications, you should not engage in strenuous exercise for a few weeks after surgery. You must also remember not to rub your eye.
LASEK combines the best benefits of LASIK and PRK. Like PRK, it’s safe to perform on patients with thin corneas. But like LASIK, it uses the flap method which cuts down on the risk of infection. Rather than cutting the flap the way LASIK does, LASEK involves floating the very thin top layer of the cornea away from the eye, exposing the middle layers for reshaping. The top layer is then replaced.
Your vision will stabilize after about a day, but it could take a few weeks for you to see totally clearly. You’ll have to try not to rub your eye and should avoid strenuous physical activity for a few weeks after surgery to lower the risk of flap related complications. We’ll follow up with you after your surgery to make sure you’re healing properly and you don’t need any further correction. You must not drive or operate machinery until we’ve checked your vision and told you it’s safe to do so.
In the 1980’s, the first ever laser eye surgery was used to correct a refractive error. This surgery was named PRK and is still used today. Many people consider it to be the safest refractive surgery available, as it works for patients with very thin corneas.
The doctor uses a laser to reshape the cornea into a sphere, allowing light to focus directly on the retina.
It’s best to take a few days off after PRK to rest and give your body time to heal. Your eyesight will stabilize within a few days and will be completely clear within a week. We’ll contact you after your surgery to make sure you’re healing well and to test your vision to make sure your eyes haven’t been over or undercorrected. You must not drive or operate machinery until we’ve checked your vision and told you it’s safe to do so.
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