If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you may have considered LASIK surgery to correct your vision. Some people wonder if LASIK is safe, and others want to know if LASIK really works. Fortunately, LASIK is safe, effective, and has some significant benefits.
What is LASIK surgery?
LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. This means that Dr. Senekal will create a small flap and then use this opening to reshape the cornea. The shape of your cornea causes vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. While glasses and contact lenses can correct these problems, they can also hinder daily activities, and you may need a new prescription every year or two. LASIK erases the need for glasses, contact lenses, and everything that goes with them.
What are the Top 3 Benefits of LASIK Surgery?
1 – Clear Vision at All Times
Our glasses and contact lenses are not attached to us, so this means they can get damaged, lost, or misplaced. The clear vision you get from LASIK surgery comes from correcting the shape of your cornea. You can stop thinking about broken glasses or misplaced contacts.
2 – Long-Term Costs
Your LASIK procedure costs more than a pair of glasses, but it may cost less than a lifetime of new glasses. Even with vision insurance, new prescription glasses can become expensive over time, especially if you have to cover replacements out of pocket.
3 – Fast and Safe
Dr. Senekal performs LASIK with the most advanced laser systems available for safe, consistently superior results. LASIK takes only ten to fifteen minutes for both eyes.
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How does LASIK Surgery Work?
Visionmax Eye Centre uses the VisuMax® femtosecond laser and the MEL90™ Excimer laser to perform LASIK. In two steps, Dr. Senekal first creates a flap in the surface layers of the eye and then reshapes the cornea to correct your vision problems.
Creating the Flap
Dr. Senekal uses the VisuMax® femtosecond laser to create a flap in the outer few layers of the cornea. This laser uses pulsed energy to produce a very precise flap, and it enters just deep enough to lift up the first few layers without disturbing the underlying tissue.
After lifting the flap, Dr. Senekal uses the MEL90™ Excimer laser to reshape the inner part of the cornea. The beam removes microscopic layers for precise shaping of the cornea. The cool laser energy vaporizes away the layers of tissue instead of using heat that can damage other structures.
What is Recovery Like From LASIK Surgery?
Once the flap has been replaced in its proper position, it will heal itself over the next 12 to 48 hours. You can usually go back to work within a day or two. The flap area will continue to heal for several weeks.
Am I a Good Candidate for LASIK Surgery?
If you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, you may be a good candidate for LASIK. People with glaucoma or other eye diseases may not make good candidates.
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To learn more about this treatment, please schedule your consultation by either filling out the form on this page or by calling (780) 452-4111. We look forward to helping you!