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If you are tired of wearing glasses, tired of the ongoing maintenance and expense of contact lenses, and ready to experience life after the safe and effective vision correction that LASIK surgery can provide, you have come to the right place.

Here is a run-down of some frequently asked general questions pertaining to LASIK surgery.

Who is LASIK surgery for?
LASIK surgery can correct the vision of adult individuals suffering from Astigmatism, Hyperopia (farsightedness), and Myopia (nearsightedness). A consultation with an eye surgeon is necessary to determine one’s overall candidacy for surgery. Items that a surgeon will consider include age, general health, current medications, other conditions affecting the eyes, and more.

What happens during LASIK surgery?
LASIK surgery is a relatively quick outpatient procedure. After administering drops to numb the eye, an incision is made to create an extremely thin flap which, once folded open, allows the surgeon to reshape the cornea using highly precise instruments. At the end of the reshaping process, the flap is closed back over the cornea. The entire process typically takes about 20 minutes.

How long will it take for me to recover from LASIK surgery?
Normal vision should return the next day, although light sensitivity, dryness and some discomfort may persist in the days immediately following the procedure. Most patients return to normal activities just a few days.

If I am not a candidate for LASIK surgery, do I have other options?
There are a variety of non-laser corrective procedures that may be better suited to some patients than LASIK surgery. A consultation with the doctor will be necessary to determine the most appropriate corrective procedure.

What else do I need to know about LASIK surgery?
There are risks associated with any surgical procedure, and LASIK surgery is no exception. While LASIK surgery has helped many individuals experience life with improved vision and eliminated their need for eye glasses and contact lenses, there is no guarantee of perfect vision. Some patients will experience side effects or complications. In some cases, retreatment is necessary for patients who undergo LASIK surgery in early adulthood.

If you are considering LASIK surgery, scheduling a consultation with a highly trained surgeon who specializes in cornea care and who uses the latest and most advanced technology is an important first step.

For more information
If your question isn’t answered here, we encourage you contact us today! Turner Eye Institute is the premier provider of LASIK eye surgery to the Bay Area, including Concord, San Jose & Oakland. Call us today to schedule a consultation!