Imagine life without glasses or contacts. Imagine everything in clear, bright, vibrant color. You no longer strain to focus. Activities like hiking, biking, swimming, tennis and golf are much more convenient because you don’t have to worry about your glasses sliding down your nose or losing a contact lens. At Tyson Eye, this freedom and comfort is precisely what we strive to achieve every day for the people who have chosen to trust their eyes to us.
Your decision on where to go for vision correction should not be made lightly. The center you choose should offer advanced technology and experienced surgeons. At Tyson Eye we know every patient’s vision correction needs are different. There’s no “one size fits all” attitude here and we’ve invested in technology that lets us personalize a procedure that will be just right for your eyes.
You’ll find confidence in our advanced technology, and in the fact that our experienced Cape Coral eye surgeons are dedicated to providing unsurpassed results for each patient. As you consider any type of vision correction, you can be confident in our commitment to be there every step of the way to make the process comfortable, and above all, successful.
Who Is a Candidate For LASIK?
While LASIK surgery is extremely effective and popular, it is not for everybody. There are some factors that can make LASIK surgery too risky for certain people. To qualify for LASIK surgery, you must:
- Be over the age of 18
- Have great overall health with no eye disease
- Have a stable prescription for at least a year
- Not be pregnant or nursing
- Be willing to remove your contact lenses for a few weeks before surgery
- Not have any corneal diseases like keratoconus or dry eye syndrome
Before your surgery, you will need to attend a LASIK consultation. This allows Dr. Stephens to ensure that you are a good LASIK candidate. During your consultation at one of our offices, Dr. Stephens will check your eyes to see what adjustments should be made, as well as look out for any possible issues. You will also be asked a bit about your lifestyle to determine whether or not LASIK is right for you.
What Should You Expect Before LASIK Surgery?
Before you can schedule your LASIK surgery, you will have a consultation at one of our Southwest Florida offices. Dr. Stephens will do a thorough examination of your eyes. This will allow Dr. Stephens to assess whether or not LASIK is right for you, and devise the perfect plan improve your vision.
Dr. Stephens may advise you to remove your contact lenses around two weeks before your surgery. On your surgery day, you should make sure to remove all makeup before arriving. You should also arrange a ride home for yourself, as you vision will be too blurry after LASIK.
What Should You Expect During LASIK Surgery?
LASIK surgery, as we mentioned, is very quick and virtually painless. Before your LASIK surgery, Dr. Stephens will check your eyes to ensure everything is still good to go. He will then numb your eyes using topical anesthesia. A lid speculum will be gently placed over the eyes to keep you from blinking during surgery.
The surgery begins with the femtosecond laser. This laser creates a thin, circular hinged flap on the surface of the cornea. This flap will then be peeled back to expose the inner layers of the cornea. Once this step is finished, Dr. Stephens will use an excimer laser to reshape the cornea.
When the proper adjustments have been made, Dr. Stephens will gently smooth the corneal flap over, and the surgery is done! Dr. Stephens will check your eyes once more after surgery and you will be sent home.
What Should You Expect After LASIK Surgery?
Once home after your LASIK surgery, we recommend taking a nap. This will allow you to sleep through some of the irritation that can occur after LASIK surgery. If your eyes are itchy, it’s important not to rub them. Use lubricating eye drops as often as you need, and be sure to follow the instructions for the use of your medicated eye drops.
The day after your surgery, you will have a follow up appointment with Dr. Stephens to ensure everything is healing well. You will be able to ask any questions or voice any concerns during this appointment.
Many people notice improvements in vision directly after surgery, but your vision will likely still be blurry for a little while. You will be able to drive and get back to most daily activities the day after surgery, but full results may not be achieved for another week.
Are you thinking about LASIK? If you have questions or if you want to see if you’re a candidate for LASIK surgery, contact our office to schedule your consultation! Our LASIK experts are here to walk you through every step of the way. Contact Tyson Eye to get started on your LASIK journey.