LASIK Consultation & Co-Management, Liberal, KS
LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) eye surgery is a popular refractive surgery that uses a laser to reshape the cornea, thereby correcting vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. If you are a suitable candidate for the procedure, LAISK surgery can reduce or eliminate your dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct your vision.
If you’re considering LASIK surgery, you will need a LASIK and refractive eye surgery consultation to determine if it’s the right procedure for you. At Prairie Vista Eye & Optical in Liberal, KS, we offer LASIK eye surgery consultations, and if the surgery is right for you, we provide pre- and post-operative care to help ensure a successful LASIK procedure and a speedy recovery.
What is refractive eye surgery?
Refractive eye surgery is a type of surgical procedure that is designed to correct refractive errors in the eye, such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. Refractive errors occur when the shape of the eye prevents light from focusing on the retina correctly, resulting in blurry or distorted vision. Refractive eye surgery aims to improve vision by reshaping the cornea, which is the clear front part of the eye that helps to focus light on the retina.
LASIK eye surgery is the best-known and most commonly performed refractive eye surgery. LASIK surgery is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. During the surgery, a computer-controlled laser and a small blade are used to reshape the cornea. There are usually no side effects associated with this quick procedure, and patients experience only mild discomfort.
Your refractive eye surgery consultation
A refractive eye surgery consultation is typically the first step in the process of undergoing refractive eye surgery. It allows our doctor to evaluate your eyes and determine the most appropriate surgical technique for your needs.
During the consultation, our eye doctor will typically perform a comprehensive eye exam, which may include tests such as:
- Measuring your refractive error using a phoropter or autorefractor.
- Measuring the thickness and shape of your cornea using a corneal topographer.
- Measuring the size of your pupils and the thickness of your cornea.
- Examining the health of your eyes, including checking for signs of dry eye, cataracts, or other eye conditions that could affect your suitability for surgery.
Our eye doctor will also ask you about your medical history, including any medications you are taking, and will discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with you. To make the most of your consultation, come prepared with a list of questions. Our doctor will answer your questions clearly and honestly.
If you are an ideal candidate for refractive eye surgery, we will refer you to a trusted ophthalmologist in your area for continued treatment.
What happens after LASIK surgery?
Post-operative care is an essential part of the LASIK procedure. Prairie Vista Eye & Optical offers post-operative care for LASIK and refractive eye surgery at our office in Liberal, KS. After your surgery, we will schedule follow-up visits to examine your healing eyes and check your improving vision. During these visits, we will monitor any side effects and provide guidance on how you can ensure a thorough recovery. It is important to follow our doctor’s instructions carefully to promote healing and ensure the best possible outcome.
If you’re interested in LASIK surgery and refractive eye surgery, contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you and helping you determine the best treatment option for your needs.