Imagine life without the hassles of corrective eyewear; without the worry of keeping your glasses safe while playing sports or exercising? Contact lenses and glasses are a great way to improve your vision, but they can also become an inconvenience at times. If this sounds like your situation, it may be a time to consider Blade-Free LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) with the remarkable fellowship-trained surgeons at Southern Eye Center in Hattiesburg, MS.
What Is Blade-Free LASIK?
One of the primary causes of vision issues is an irregularly shaped cornea. Contacts and glasses correct some vision problems by acting as a secondary lens for the eyes, but this solution is only temporary and requires constant adjustments. LASIK, on the other hand, is a quick and virtually painless procedure in which the surgeon reshapes the surface of the cornea. With the advanced laser technology instead of a hand-held mechanical blade (microkeratome), this procedure is safer and more accurate, and produces more consistent patient outcomes.
Who Is Eligible
The team at Southern Eye Center invests a great deal of time into the initial screening process. Blade-Free LASIK is currently approved for patients over the age of 18 with vision issues including mild to severe nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. In addition to a thorough examination, we may also perform testing for ocular pressure, visual acuity and corneal thickness. These tests allow our surgical team to customize our patients’ treatments to produce the most favorable visual results.
What to Expect
At Southern Eye Center, we believe in educating our patients on what to expect during their procedures in order to provide peace of mind and the best LASIK experience possible. For most, the LASIK procedure is completed in 1 to 2 visits, depending on the patient’s individual vision needs and medical history. While patients remain awake throughout the procedure, numbing drops are placed in the eye, so they feel little or no discomfort. The laser is then used to create a small corneal flap and gently reshape the cornea according to the patient’s exact vision correction specifications. Patients must bring a friend or family member to drive them home following their procedures. Most patients fully recover in 1 to 2 days and can return to normal activities the next day.
There are countless amazing stories as you’ve probably heard about vision correction, but although extremely rare, just like any medical procedure, there are associated risks. Laser vision correction when performed with correct criteria is a successful procedure and dramatically improves the quality of life for ideal patients, but it is not for everyone. Making sure you are a good candidate for laser vision correction is the first and most important step in your vision correction journey.
For this reason, we offer our comprehensive screening to address everything from your age, overall health, the health of your eyes, lifestyle and any pre-existing medical conditions, any medications you take and your own personal vision prescription and challenges (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, presbyopia, cataracts, glaucoma, etc.). We also conduct a number of scans to gather thousands of data points about your eyes, so we can design a customized procedure to your unique vision needs.
Even with all these precautions to ensure ideal candidacy, laser vision correction is no different than any other procedure. It carries a risk of complications, and even complication-free procedures may result in less than 20/20 vision. Still, studies show that when performed properly, with experienced surgeons, up-to-date technologies AND for the right patients, the benefits of laser vision correction typically far outweigh the risks.
For more information, visit the FDA website for their take on laser vision correction.