Answers to Top Questions About LASIK

Are you tired of having to wear glasses or contacts? Are you tired of the expense as well as having to fumble around for your eyewear when you wake up? Although glasses can be a cute fashion accessory at times, they can also be a hassle. Contact lenses can be great, but they can also be troublesome to deal with. If you're tired of all of this, you may be looking into LASIK to see if it's right for you. But before you go to the bother and the expense of making an appointment, you probably have questions that you'd like to have answered. The answers to a few of the questions that you might have are: 

Is LASIK permanent? If you are a candidate for LASIK, the treatment should be effective for many years. Although some people's eyes change again later, resulting in needing treatment or glasses again, the treatment is permanent for most people. When you go in for your consultation, your eye doctor will be able to use your family history to make an educated guess as to whether or not the treatment will be completely permanent or only partially so.

What are the side effects of LASIK? Obviously, the biggest side effect of LASIK is a change in vision. On occasion, the calculations that your eye doctor may be off slightly so your vision may not improve or may get slightly worse. A second treatment should then produce the desired results. Other side effects include itching or dry eyes while your eyes heal. Your eye doctor will give you eye drops to counter these symptoms. You'll also receive instructions on what you can do to care for your eyes and to minimize these symptoms.

Does LASIK result in perfect vision? While the idea is for you to get 20/20 vision with no need for glasses at all, differences in your eyes may result in your having 20/15 vision and still wanting or needing to use glasses on occasion. It's also possible for you to get better than 20/20 vision as a result of LASIK. These are things that even your eye doctor won't be able to tell ahead of time. At the very least, your vision should be improved to the extent that you won't feel the need to wear glasses just so that you can perform your daily tasks. 

For more information about LASIK and whether it's the right treatment for you, talk to an optometrist at Morris Eyecare.