There are many options for vision correction surgery including Lasik. Each year, the options expand. Even if you're told you aren't a candidate for Lasik, other options exist. Implantable collamer lens (ICL) surgery is an alternative for those with thin corneas, high astigmatism or high myopia.
Lasik surgery is the most commonly known way to correct one's vision. Traditional lasik uses a laser to modify the shape of the cornea to change the patient's refractive error/ prescription. Lasik surgery can be successful for patients with up to 3.00 diopters of astigmatism and -6.00 diopters of myopia depending upon corneal thickness. Typical preparation for surgery includes being out of contacts for several days prior, dry eye testing, computerized imaging, and a dilated eye exam. Halos and dry eye can be expected after Lasik for several weeks, but should improve with time. Recovery time is same day. A steroid, antibiotics and ATs are to be used at least a week after surgery.
Am I a good candidate for Lasik?
Your eyes should be stable for 2 years prior to surgery. If your presciption changes each time you have your eyes checked, your vision is not stable. With more computer work and an increase in higher levels of education, prescriptions tend to stabilize later in life than years ago. I recommend my patients wait until 27 or 28 to ensure stability.
Implantable collamer lens surgery is similar to cataract surgery. A collamer lens is placed in the back of the eye between the iris and the natural lens to take the place of the patient's prescription. This surgery is ideal for those with a high amount of myopia (-6.00 diopters) and above. The procedure is different from Lasik because the anatomy of the eye is left unchanged, and it is reversible should a patient not be happy for any reason. The procedure is done out patient and with localized anesthetic. Recovery time is minimal and a steroid, antibiotic, and NSAID eye drop are typical after surgery for 1 week. ICL lenses are also available for those with an astigmatism. The pre-op procedures include scans of the cornea, dilated eye exam, and measurements for the implant. Prior to surgery, a peripheral iridotomy is performed. This is a procedure that uses a laser to create a hole in the iris so aqueous fluid is not blocked after implant surgery leading to Glaucoma.
Complications can include: cataracts, retinal detachment, and macular edema. Halo effect around lights may also be present.
An assessment of your eyes by an eye doctor can determine which procedure may be best for you.
Dr. Courtney Dryer and the staff of Autarchic Spec Shop specialize in the prescription glasses, contact lenses and more for you and your family. Call our eye doctor in Charlotte, NC today at 704.208.4548 or schedule an appointment online for a Lasik surgery evaluation. Our eye exams and optometrist provide the highest quality eye services amongst eye doctors in the Charlotte North Carolina area.