What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

January 04, 2021

Thousands of people each day get the vision-correcting eye surgery commonly called LASIK or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. This type of elective surgery is one of the most frequently performed types of eye surgery not just in Wilmington, Delaware, but across the nation. If you or a family member are shortsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, LASIK surgery may be for you.

In Wilmington, many seek LASIK surgery in order to get rid of their glasses and contacts for good. For many, they find that they are good candidates for LASIK eye surgery and are happy to be freed from glasses and contacts.

So, what does LASIK eye surgery involve?

Getting Lasik Eye Surgery in Wilmington

As the name implies, LASIK utilizes a laser or more specifically an excimer laser to reshape the cornea. This surgery is considered to be relatively simple and most procedures takes about 30 minutes.

The surgery, performed hundreds of times each year in Wilmington, is done by an ophthalmologist in his or her office or surgical center. The procedure involves the use of a lid speculum to hold the eyelids open and a surface incision is made on the cornea. The ophthalmologist then is able to clearly view the cornea that lies beneath the surface tissues.

Once this has been shown, the excimer laser begins to safely reshape the cornea in order to improve the vision. After the cornea has been reshaped, the flap is closed but stitches are not used. The flap is left to heal naturally. Patients feel no pain during surgery as they are given numbing drops for the eyes.

Usually, there is one follow up appointment needed the day after surgery, followed by a week, 1 month, 3 months and 6 months to ensure your eyes are healing correctly after LASIK surgery. It is important to note that you will need a driver on the day of surgery. You should choose a local LASIK eye surgeon in Wilmington who is easy to access for you.

In Wilmington, there are many well-qualified LASIK eye surgeons who can perform this surgery so there are options for the locations of where you choose to have your LASIK eye surgery. Once you select a surgeon who is conveniently located and has a good reputation for performing LASIK eye surgery, you’ll want to make an appointment. At this initial appointment, your prospective LASIK eye surgeon in Wilmington or anywhere in the country should review your eye and general health history to determine if you are a good candidate for this eye surgery.

If you are a good candidate and go on to get your LASIK eye surgery in Wilmington, you’ll join the 10 million other Americans who have undergone this type of vision-correcting surgery since its inception in the 90s. The satisfaction and success rate of LASIK surgery both in Wilmington, Delaware and across the country are high. Many people who get LASIK surgery are able to stop relying on glasses, contacts, or both completely.

Find out more about LASIK eye surgery in Wilmington and whether or not you’re a good candidate today and start seeing better tomorrow.



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