5 Steps to Getting LASIK | Shepherd Eye Center

5 Steps to Getting LASIK

LASIK is an excellent option for vision correction that can allow you to reduce your dependence on visual aids. Are you ready to permanently restore your clear vision with LASIK but need help figuring out where to start?

Keep reading to learn five steps to take if you are considering LASIK!

1. Determine Your Vision Goals

Before you consider LASIK, the first thing you should do is determine your vision goals. If you have worn glasses or contact lenses for most of your life, are you ready to reduce your dependence on them?

If the answer is yes, then LASIK might be the right vision-correcting option for you. It has safely and effectively corrected the vision of millions of people worldwide!

2. Consult with a LASIK Surgeon

If you have decided that LASIK might be the best way to correct your vision, your next step should be scheduling a consultation with a LASIK eye surgeon. During your LASIK consultation at Shepherd Eye Center, your LASIK surgeon will thoroughly examine your eyes to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Your initial consultation is also a good time to ask any questions you may have about LASIK surgery and its outcomes. Before the procedure, it is important to have realistic expectations about the potential outcome of your LASIK surgery.

3. Fully Understand the LASIK Procedure

As with any procedure, you should fully understand what happens during a LASIK procedure. Knowing what to expect can help ease any anxiety you might have about undergoing eye surgery.

LASIK is a quick procedure that is usually performed in your eye care provider’s surgical suite. The actual LASIK procedure takes just a few minutes per eye to complete.

During LASIK, your LASIK surgeon will use a laser to create a thin flap in your cornea. This flap is then folded back to reveal the inner layers of your cornea.

Your LASIK surgeon will then use a different laser to reshape your cornea according to your refractive error. Once your LASIK surgeon repositions the corneal flap, the procedure is complete.

The corneal flap will heal on its own, without the need for stitches.

4. Prepare Yourself for LASIK Surgery

There are several things you should do to prepare for your LASIK surgery. One of the most important is staying healthy.

You can boost your overall health before your LASIK procedure by drinking lots of water and eating a balanced diet. If you currently wear contact lenses, your eye doctor will tell you when to take them out prior to the procedure.

In most cases, this is between five and seven days before LASIK. Contact lenses can cause minute distortions to the surface of the eye, which can affect the precision of treatment pre-planning.

5. Plan for Your Recovery

While recovery times for LASIK are short, and most people are able to resume their normal activities within a day or so after the procedure, it is a good idea to plan ahead for your recovery.

After your LASIK surgery, you should also plan to take the day off of work to rest and recover. You can be ready to relax by pre-arranging a ride home and stocking your home with anything you might need to keep your eyes comfortable.

Many LASIK patients report clearer vision within hours of the procedure, but it can take up to three months for your eyes to fully heal.

Following these six steps makes restoring your vision with LASIK easy! When you consider your goals, consult with an experienced LASIK surgeon, prepare yourself for the procedure, and plan ahead for your recovery, you are more likely to feel fully satisfied with the results!

Do you want to learn if you might be a good candidate for LASIK? Schedule a LASIK consultation at Shepherd Eye Center at one of our 5 locations in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV, today!

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