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LASIK

Do you want to achieve visual freedom from glasses and contact lenses? When you have LASIK at Texas Eye & Laser Center in Fort Worth, this is just one of the many things you can look forward to with your new and improved vision.

What is LASIK?

Chart Showing the LASIK Procedure

LASIK is a permanent laser vision correction procedure that reshapes your cornea to correct refractive errors. These include nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

Refractive errors occur when the cornea is an irregular shape. The lens of the eye and the cornea refract light, meaning it bends onto the retina. The refracted light sends this information to your brain, translating it into the images you see.

But if you have a misshapen cornea due to a refractive error, you may see these images as blurry or distorted. Visual aids like glasses and contact lenses can help improve your vision, but once you remove your glasses or contacts, your vision reverts. With LASIK, your vision correction is permanent because lasers reshape the tissue of your cornea to help light refract and hit your retina correctly.

Am I a Good Candidate for LASIK?

Although LASIK is an incredible procedure, it’s not right for everyone. Some factors for candidacy include the following:

  • Your prescription is stable and hasn’t changed in a year or more
  • You’re at least 18 years old
  • You’re not currently pregnant or nursing
  • You have realistic expectations about what the vision correction procedure can achieve
  • Your prescription is within the levels of treatment for refractive errors
  • Your corneas are thick enough
  • You’re in good health
  • Your eyes are healthy
  • Your pupils are not larger than normal

As these are only some LASIK candidacy factors, scheduling a free LASIK consultation at Texas Eye & Laser Center is the only way to determine if you qualify for the procedure.

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Can I Afford LASIK?

There’s no reason why cost should stand in the way of the vision of your dreams. At Texas Eye & Laser Center, we make LASIK affordable for our patients.

We’ll discuss the cost of LASIK and our financing options, including Care Credit, during your free LASIK consultation. Most LASIK patients choose to finance their procedure, paying it off in as little as two years.

Once you pay it off, you’ll own your crystal-clear vision for good. LASIK can even save you money.

Consider how much you pay for visual aids like glasses, contact lenses, and the accessories that go with them. When you get a vision correction procedure like LASIK, you no longer have to rely on visual aids to see.

You’ll also no longer need to invest in these aids to see, making it an ideal way to invest in yourself.

What Should I Expect During LASIK?

Before your LASIK procedure begins, our Fort Worth LASIK surgeons will first apply anesthetic eye drops to numb your eyes. The numbing eye drops help ensure you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.

Next, we’ll apply a suction ring to hold your eye in place and stabilize the pressure of your eye. LASIK uses two lasers: a femtosecond laser and an excimer laser.

First, your LASIK surgeon will create a flap in the cornea before reshaping the tissue below in the middle layer of the cornea. Your surgeon will test to ensure the laser is in alignment and walk you through the reshaping process.

After making the flap, the excimer laser then removes a precise amount of tissue under the flap to reshape the cornea. The excimer laser is entirely computer-controlled, making it highly accurate and meticulous about how much tissue to remove from the cornea to correct your vision.

This process only takes about 60 seconds or less. The flap is then repositioned and acts as a natural bandage, so no stitches or sutures are needed.

It also reduces any discomfort you may experience during recovery and expedites healing. Reshaping the cornea with these lasers corrects refractive errors and lets you see clearly after LASIK.

What is Recovery Like After LASIK?

After you’ve had LASIK, you may start noticing an immediate improvement in your vision. Although LASIK does not have a long recovery time, you’ll need to follow certain instructions to ensure the best results.

You will not be able to drive home due to the numbing eye drops used during the procedure. Make sure you have a friend or family member that can get you home safely.

Once you get home, one of the best things you can do is sleep and rest your eyes. In the first few hours after your procedure, you may find that your eyes feel scratchy or like there’s something in them.

The worst thing you can do is rub your eyes, which can cause irreparable damage to the flap created during LASIK. Instead of rubbing your eyes, use artificial tears to reduce any feelings of discomfort.

You’ll also receive prescription eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. You must take these exactly as directed by your ophthalmologist at Texas Eye & Laser Center.

Another essential component of your LASIK recovery is attending all follow-up appointments. Your first follow-up appointment will be the day after you have LASIK to check that your vision is healing as it should and there are no complications.

You’ll continue to need follow-up appointments in the coming months. These are usually a month after, three months after, six months after, and a year after LASIK. During your follow-up appointments, your ophthalmologist will review activities to avoid, when you’ll be cleared to drive again, and when your vision will stabilize.

Most LASIK patients find that they can return to many of their everyday activities the next day. The best part is you can do the things you love with newly improved vision that’s better than you could achieve with visual aids like glasses and contact lenses.

Why is LASIK Worth Considering?

Since receiving FDA approval, LASIK has evolved as a vision correction procedure. At Texas Eye & Laser Center, our board-certified surgeons only use the most modern and state-of-the-art technology available.

Our LASIK surgeons use ALL LASER LASIK to ensure patients have the greatest level of safety and the best possible visual results. LASIK is a safe, effective method of vision correction with a low occurrence rate of side effects.

Laser vision correction has helped millions of people achieve their dreams of visual freedom. Do you love the idea of being more active without feeling held back?

LASIK can help you be more active while allowing you to see clearly. Imagine being able to work out without glasses. Imagine seeing the alarm clock when you wake up in the morning.

Imagine life without the hassle of putting contact lenses in every morning. Imagine no longer worrying about if your contacts will irritate your eyes during a workout.

Imagine a world where all you need to see is you. With Texas Eye & Laser Center locations in Fort Worth and Hurst, our LASIK surgeons can make your dreams a reality.

Learn more about LASIK and if it’s right for you by scheduling your free LASIK consultation at Texas Eye & Laser Center in Fort Worth, TX, now!

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