If you have astigmatism or myopia, you may experience blurry vision that can make everyday tasks like reading or driving difficult. At Seeta Eye in Poughkeepsie and Yorktown Heights, NY, we provide LASIK surgery to help you see better and improve your quality of life. Before scheduling your appointment, take a look at some frequently asked questions regarding LASIK surgery below:
What does LASIK stand for?
LASIK is an abbreviation for laser in situ keratomileusis. During the surgery, our ophthalmologists use an excimer laser to correct a number of eye conditions, including farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism.
How do I know if LASIK surgery will work for me?
We will perform a comprehensive eye exam, about two to even three hours long, to determine whether you are a candidate for LASIK surgery. Not everyone is a candidate for this kind of eye surgery. The basic requirements include the following:
• You are at least 18 years old, and preferably over 20. Our eye doctors will make sure that your cornea has stopped growing.
• You don't have any eye problems, such as an infection, a tumor, retinopathy, or glaucoma.
• Your vision can be corrected to at least 20/40. If you are severely nearsighted, LASIK may not be effective enough for you to be able to see well without correction.
• You have had the same prescription for contacts or glasses for at least two years. Our ophthalmologists want to be able to predict the effects that the procedure will have on your vision.
Am I too old for LASIK surgery?
There is no age limit when it comes to LASIK surgery. Our eye doctors will make sure that your eyes are healthy enough for the procedure, since the vision correction requires your cornea to create scar tissue that pulls it into the desired shape. If you are over 40, be advised that you may still need reading glasses after LASIK, because presbyopia is due to the way the muscles around your iris adjust to distance, not the contour of your cornea.
Does LASIK surgery hurt?
Our ophthalmologists will use numbing drops in your eye to eliminate pain during the procedure. Some people need Tylenol for pain control the day of the surgery, but any irritation often fades quickly.
How long does LASIK surgery take?
LASIK surgery typically takes about 30 minutes. It is also recommended to have someone drive you home following the procedure.
How accurate is LASIK surgery?
About one in ten patients will need a second LASIK procedure in the same eye for optimal results.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
If you are considering LASIK surgery, let our team at Seeta Eye in Poughkeepsie and Yorktown Heights, NY, help. To schedule your appointment, contact our Poughkeepsie office at (845) 454-1025 or our Yorktown location at (845) 440-1175 today. When you need an ophthalmologist near me, we are happy to assist!