See the Light with Laser Eye Surgery
The Purpose of Laser Eye Surgery
When light entering your eyes doesn’t focus on the retina properly, your vision can blur in various ways. These are called refractive errors. But reshaping your cornea can change how light refracts in your eye and correct these problems.
Laser eye surgery relies on a special laser to make these changes, operated by a qualified ophthalmologist.
Popular Laser Eye Surgery Procedures
The most common type of laser eye surgery, LASIK, involves using a laser to make a thin flap in your eye’s surface and reshape the collagen fibers underneath. At the end of the procedure, the flap is replaced so it can heal back in place.
Most people who get LASIK experience clear vision in under 24 hours, but full recovery often takes around 3 weeks. LASIK has extremely high patient satisfaction rates compared to most elective surgeries—over 95% in general and over 98% in myopia and myopic astigmatism cases.
If you have a thin cornea, PRK may be a better option than LASIK. PRK also alters the shape of the collagen fibers in your cornea, but the entire top layer of the cornea is removed, which grows back after the surgery.
Your Laser Eye Surgery Consultation
Before you can get laser eye surgery, you’ll need to consult your eye doctor to make sure it’s appropriate for your needs. During the consultation process, we collect data about several factors, including:
- The depth of your cornea
- The stability of your vision
- The vision problem you want to correct
- How severe your vision problem is
- Any potential risk factors in your medical history (including family medical history)
If laser eye surgery looks suitable for you, we’ll make sure you understand the potential outcomes and leave the decision to proceed in your hands. If you want to schedule your surgery, the next step is to refer you to an ophthalmologist who will perform it.
Your eye care team at Foothill Optometric Group will work closely with your surgeon to coordinate the procedure and monitor your recovery.