LASIK and you:
You’ve probably had friends who got LASIK surgery or heard commercials for the procedure. If you’re tired of wearing glasses or contacts, Clarity Eyecare can help you decide whether LASIK is right for you! Dr. Chan will thoroughly evaluate your eyes and determine whether you are a candidate.
What is LASIK?
LASIK is a microscopic, out-patient procedure that corrects your vision.
There is a clear dome in the eye called the cornea, which sits over the iris (the colored part of your eye). The cornea focuses light rays or images into the back of your eyes for clear vision. When the eye cannot focus on an image , glasses and contacts can help correct the focus.
With LASIK, your prescription is lasered onto your cornea. During the procedure, the surgeon creates a flap in the cornea that preserves the very delicate epithelium layer of skin on the surface. Then the flap is raised and the laser reshapes your cornea (essentially your prescription is lasered on). The flap is repositioned and your vision is corrected.
What about PRK?
You may have heard about a procedure called PRK that is similar to LASIK. With PRK, there is no flap; instead, your prescription is lasered on top of your cornea. This procedure will also provide clear vision, but the recovery time may be a few days longer as the delicate epithelium layer has to regrow on the cornea.
Is LASIK right for you?
There are many different factors to consider before choosing LASIK, including your eye health and prescription. LASIK is most successful if your prescription is moderate and has not worsened. Your optometrist must also give you a clean bill of ocular health before you can be referred for elective procedures like LASIK and PRK.
Make an appointment with Dr. Chan at Clarity Eyecare so we can work with you to determine whether one of these procedures is right for your eyes. We look forward to seeing you!