What is LASIK and the Benefits?

LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis and is a surgery designed to correct specific vision problems, including severe nearsightedness, astigmatism, and moderate farsightedness.

At Champaign Eye Professionals, we use a special type of laser to reshape the cornea of the eye, changing how your eye refracts light and helping you see better, usually without the aid of contacts or eyeglasses.

Who is a Good Candidate for LASIK Surgery?

You are a good candidate for LASIK surgery in Champaign, IL, if you are in good overall health with no serious ocular issues and have severe nearsightedness, astigmatism, or moderate farsightedness.

You should not get LASIK if you:

  • suffer from dry eye syndrome
  • are nursing or pregnant
  • have suffered from a recent eye injury or infection
  • have diabetes
  • have an immune disorder
  • are under 18 years old

Your eye doctor in Champaign, IL will be better able to determine if you are a good candidate.

Is LASIK Surgery Painful?

Anesthetic drops are placed in each eye prior to the procedure to completely numb your eye so you don’t feel any pain. Many patients report feeling a slight pressure on their eyes during the surgery itself, and some describe a feeling like a stray eyelash for several hours afterward.

Most patients find that an over-the-counter pain reliever is all you need to alleviate any discomfort post-surgery.

What Are the Benefits of LASIK Surgery?

Some benefits of LASIK surgery include:

  • Improved vision, usually resulting in no longer having to wear contacts or eyeglasses
  • Long-term time and cost savings from not having to purchase eyeglasses and contacts or check your vision regularly
  • Convenience from no longer not being able to see when you wake up, go swimming, play sports, and more!

How Long Does LASIK Eye Surgery Take?

LASIK surgery is an in-office procedure that usually takes less than 10 minutes per eye, depending on the amount of correction you need. You should plan on spending about 90 minutes at our office when you come in for LASIK.

Are the Results of LASIK Surgery Permanent? 

LASIK surgery is permanent in the vast majority of patients. However, in a limited number of cases, the patient may experience regression, but this can almost always be easily corrected by follow-up treatments known as LASIK enhancements.

If you’d like more information on LASIK eye surgery, please feel free to contact us in Champaign, IL, at your convenience.

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