Columbia, S.C, Aug 12, 2015 – The promise of crisper, clearer vision without the need for glasses is enough to drive most people with near or far vision problems into an eye surgeon’s office. Even so, many people who could benefit from laser eye surgery steer clear because they fear this procedure and what it might entail.
“Laser eye surgery procedures, such as LASIK, are very safe, rather routine outpatient operations that can produce dramatic results for many patients,” the physicians at The Eye Center explain. “While not everyone is a good candidate for vision correction surgery, those who are often find that within minutes they can walk away from a dependency on glasses or contacts.”
So, what do patients exploring this option need to know? Here are four facts about laser eye surgery that doctors want their patients to understand:
· The procedure is simple – Patients will find that eye surgery generally begins with numbing drops to ensure as little discomfort as possible. They will remain awake during the procedure, but shouldn’t fear because it passes rather quickly. Once the eyes are numb, the surgeon goes to work creating a small flap. Once opened, the cornea can be accessed and carefully reshaped to correct vision.
· Strange sensations are normal, but pain is not – Laser eye surgery is not typically associated with pain. Some pressure and unusual sensations may accompany the procedure, however.
· Recovery is fast – In most cases, surgery only takes a few minutes per eye and patients will find the recovery is very quick. Most patients, in fact, can resume their normal routines within a day or so.
· There are no guarantees – While the goal is to achieve 20/20 vision following surgery, this is not always possible. Patients need to be aware of that going in.
“Laser eye surgery can produce dramatic, rapid results in correcting vision,” the doctors say. “If you are considering it, be sure to speak with a licensed surgeon to explore all the options.”
About The Eye Center
is the leading refractive practice in South Carolina, providing full service eye care and specializing in Refractive Surgery – Epi-Lasik, Thin Flap Lasik, AST, PRK CK, PRELEX, as well as Corneal Transplant and Cataract Surgery.