Lasik FAQs

If you’re tired of wearing glasses and contacts are just not for you, LASIK surgery offers a viable alternative to correcting refractive errors and improving your sight. The answers to the following FAQs from Swan Family Optometry explain more about LASIK in Fair Oaks, CA, and the benefits it has to offer in correcting your vision.


What Exactly Is LASIK Surgery?

LASIK is a laser eye surgery procedure that corrects refractive errors to improve your vision, eliminating your dependence on prescription glasses and contacts for optimal vision.

How Does LASIK Work?

LASIK surgery involves the use of an excimer laser to reshape the cornea of your eye in order to improve your sight. LASIK can correct a wide range of refractive errors, including myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.  In fact, it’s the most common eye surgical procedure used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

How Safe Is LASIK Surgery?  

According to the FDA, LASIK is a safe and effective eye surgical procedure. The procedure uses a non-thermal laser light controlled by a computer for optimal precision. Safeguards are also put in place to minimize risks and mistakes.

Who’s a Good Candidate for LASIK?

To be eligible for LASIK, you must be at least 18 years of age, have good eye health, and have had a stable prescription for one year before surgery. If you have eye disorders or diseases, such as glaucoma or cataracts, you may not qualify for this type of surgery. Medical conditions like diabetes may also make you ineligible for LASIK eye surgery.

Does LASIK Hurt?

To protect you from pain, your eye doctor will put anesthetic eye drops in your eye prior to performing the procedure. If you’re feeling pain after surgery, he’ll prescribe pain pills to ease your discomfort.  Most patients feel fine within a few days.

How Long Does The Procedure Last?

LASIK treatments generally take around 15 minutes per eye. Both eyes are usually done at the same time, if needed.

What Restrictions Do Patients Have after Treatment?

LASIK comes with minimal restrictions. Most patients are able to see clear enough to resume their normal schedule within a day or two after treatment. Your vision will continue to improve over the months to come. As a precaution, your eye doctor may ask you to avoid contact sports, swimming, and other strenuous activities for the first few weeks after surgery.

Visit Swan Family Optometry for a Consultation for LASIK Surgery

To learn more about LASIK in Fair Oaks, CA, contact Dr. Elizabeth Swan, our Fair Oaks optometrist, at 916-966-6080.  Dr. Swan offers pre- and post-op care for laser vision surgery. Working with an experienced optometry team can give you greater confidence of having a successful LASIK procedure.

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