Lasik Consulations and Eye Surgery Co-Management

Our doctor is trained and certified to conduct both pre and post-surgical exams for procedures such as cataract surgery as well as LASIK/refractive surgeries.

LASIK eye surgery is a third option, in addition to glasses in Dansville and contact lenses, that’s used to treat common vision problems (e.g., nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism). It’s been approved since the mid-1990s. In 2001, it became the world’s most common elective procedure.

A LASIK surgeon uses what’s called an “excimer” laser to reshape the cornea. Most people who get laser eye surgery therefore reduce their need for further vision correction, such as through contact lenses or glasses in Mason, MI.

It’s common for people to have LASIK eye surgery in both eyes on the same day and return to work one or two days later. Vision improves immediately, though it may continue improving for up to one year.

What about LASIK surgery for presbyopia?

By the early to mid-40s, most adults have lost some ability to focus on nearby objects (presbyopia), which results in difficulty reading small print or doing other close-up tasks. The condition may continue to worsen until about age 65.

If you have presbyopia, LASIK surgery may give you clear distance vision, but it can actually worsen your ability to see objects close up.

To maintain your ability to see close objects, you might choose to have your vision corrected for monovision. With monovision, one eye is corrected for distant vision, and the other eye is corrected for near vision. However, not everyone is able to adjust to or tolerate monovision. It’s best to do a trial with contact lenses before having a permanent surgical procedure.

What are the risks of LASIK surgery?

As with any surgery, LASIK surgery carries risks, including:

  • Undercorrection, overcorrection or astigmatism. If the laser removes too little or too much tissue from your eye, you won’t get the clearer vision you wanted. Similarly, uneven tissue removal can result in astigmatism.
  • Vision disturbances. After surgery you may have difficulty seeing at night. You might notice glare, halos around bright lights or double vision.
  • Dry eyes. LASIK surgery causes a temporary decrease in tear production. As your eyes heal, they might feel unusually dry.
  • Flap problems. Folding back or removing the flap from the front of your eye during surgery can cause complications, including infection, excess tears and swelling.
  • Infection. Rarely, surgery can lead to an infection that requires further treatment