Answers to Your LASIK Concerns
While LASIK Surgery is an extremely safe and precise method of laser vision correction, many people are apprehensive about undergoing the procedure. After all, vision is undoubtedly one of our most precious gifts, and the quality of one’s vision is intimately connected to the quality of one’s life. At North Shore Eye Care, our vision specialists are dedicated to helping patients feel safe and comfortable throughout the entire treatment process. We are always available to answer any LASIK questions during consultations at our Riverhead or Smithtown, Long Island office location. In addition, we’ve compiled answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about LASIK to help current and prospective patients fully understand the procedure and its benefits.
LASIK, or Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, is a laser vision correction procedure performed to treat astigmatism, myopia, and hyperopia, as well as higher-order refractive errors. North Shore Eye Care has been providing eye care to Long Island-area patients for more than 50 years, and utilizes the latest technology and treatment techniques to produce high-quality results for its patients. In addition to traditional LASIK, North Shore Eye Care offers iLASIK™ (bladeless LASIK) and photo-refractive keratectomy (PRK), which is often ideal for patients with particularly thin corneas.
The advanced techniques utilized by the experienced physicians at North Shore Eye Care make LASIK surgery a safe, pain-free, and relatively quick procedure. At the beginning of the procedure, the surgeon administers eye drops to numb the eye. While this may cause mild irritation, patients will not experience any discomfort during the procedure. In an effort to maximize the comfort of our patients, we have recently opened a LASIK suite at our Smithtown location. The designated LASIK area is outfitted with soothing amenities and the latest technology to foster the best patient experience possible.
The ideal candidate for LASIK is over the age of 18 with a prescription that has been stable for at least a year. He or she should also be free from any infections or chronic eye conditions such as dry eye. During a consultation at our Smithtown or Riverhead location, our surgeons will evaluate your candidacy and answer whatever LASIK questions you may have.
Thanks to advances in laser technology, LASIK surgery can be completed in about 15 minutes. After the procedure, patients of our Smithtown location can relax in our state-of-the-art LASIK suite and recovery area.
According to the American Association of Professional Eyecare Specialists, 55.3 percent of LASIK patients achieve 20/20 vision following surgery, while 92.6 percent obtain 20/40 vision or better. An overwhelming 97 percent of patients state that they would recommend the procedure to a friend or relative. The physicians at North Shore Eye Care have been recognized as being among the most skilled and experienced laser vision correction surgeons in the nation. Through the use of advanced technology such as CustomVue™ and WaveScan™, they are able to achieve consistently superlative results for their patients.
Most patients who undergo LASIK surgery no longer need to wear eyeglasses or contacts. Some patients, however, prefer to wear them for certain activities such as reading or driving. The results of the procedure depend largely on the characteristics of the patient’s eyes and overall vision going into the surgery.
Patients who undergo LASIK surgery at North Shore Eye care are usually able to see functionally well within 24 hours of undergoing the procedure. Although some patients may experience blurred vision or sensitivity to light in the days after the procedure, this is normal and temporary. Vision usually continues to improve for one to three months after surgery.
Our doctors and staff are dedicated to providing patients with outstanding vision both immediately after surgery and in the long term. The North Shore Eye Care Lifetime Commitment states that in the event that any surgical enhancement becomes necessary after your procedure, our surgeons will perform further same-technology treatment at no cost to you. This commitment reflects the confidence that we have in our skills, as well as our dedication to providing superior care to our patients.
Although the physical changes made to the cornea are permanent, aging can bring about further changes to the eye which may affect vision quality. While these changes cannot be predicted, the experienced physicians at North Shore Eye Care provide a wide range of vision treatments that can help patients enjoy excellent vision throughout their lifetimes.
We understand that the decision to undergo LASIK surgery is not one that should be made without serious thought and consideration. Our laser vision correction specialists are among the most respected in the nation and would be happy to speak with you about your treatment options. If you are interested in undergoing refractive surgery or have any LASIK questions, please contact our Riverhead or Smithtown, Long Island practice locations today.