What is LASIK?
LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is the most common refractive eye surgery performed, and the most popular elective surgery, in the country today.
100% blade-free LASIK has been approved by the FDA to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. With approval to treat a wide range of prescriptions, more people than ever before are candidates for 100% bladeless LASIK.
100% blade-free LASIK means the corneal flap is created with the precision of a cool-beam laser rather than a microkeratome blade. Following the creation of the flap, an All-Laser Customized LASIK procedure is performed. The LASIK procedure is completely personalized for your eyes. This ultra-precise and sophisticated technology provides an extraordinary level of customization, ensuring a higher level of safety and accuracy.
With 100% bladeless LASIK you enjoy the peace of mind that your LASIK procedure is being performed with the most advanced All-Laser LASIK technology available today.
Am I A Good Candidate for Bladeless LASIK?
You may be an ideal candidate for 100% blade-free LASIK if you can't see as well as you'd like without glasses or contact lenses, are over 18 years of age, have healthy eyes, good overall health, and stable vision over the past year.
While LASIK can improve your vision in a matter of minutes, not everyone is a candidate for LASIK. Although there have been nearly 20 million LASIK procedures performed world-wide, and LASIK has helped millions of people reduce or eliminate dependence on glasses or contacts, it is important to not assume you are a candidate.
The best way to determine if 100% blade-free LASIK is right for you is to have a thorough, complimentary LASIK screening with us. Our free LASIK screenings include full corneal mapping (topography), Wavefront diagnostic scans, custom LASIK measurement for higher-order aberrations, and corneal thickness measurements.
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Why Do People Have LASIK?
There are many reasons people choose to have LASIK. The two main reasons are lifestyle and quality of vision.
LASIK is especially beneficial to active adults who enjoy the Idaho lifestyle, sports enthusiasts, parents and those who camp or travel frequently.
- Active adults and sports enthusiasts enjoy being unencumbered by glasses or contacts.
- Parents can respond to overnight tears and emergencies without first finding glasses or putting in contact lenses.
- Campers and frequent travelers enjoy the convenience of life away from home without glasses or contact lenses.
Quality of vision is also a common reason many people choose to have LASIK. LASIK often provides better vision than do glasses or contact lenses, better peripheral vision and vision that overall is as close-to-natural vision as possible.
After Your LASIK Procedure
Following your LASIK procedure, you will be asked to return home and rest for 2 to 6 hours. Taking a nap or resting with your eyes closed is recommended.
During your recovery it is important to follow doctor's instructions, attend all post-operative appointments as scheduled, and use medication and preservative-free artificial tears as directed. Our team will be with you every step of the way to insure a smooth recovery.
While everyone recovers at a different pace, healing is relatively fast. Patients say their vision is visibly improved just a few hours after LASIK, and return to normal activities in as little as 24 hours.
Following LASIK, remember to continue a routine of yearly eye health exams. Even though you are enjoying life without glasses or contact lenses, the health of your eye still needs to be examined annually to insure your vision remains stable after LASIK.
After LASIK Eyewear
Taking good care of your eyes following LASIK is important, and sometimes that means using proper eyewear.
When outdoors it is important to wear quality sunglasses that protect the eyes from both UVA and UVB rays. In addition to helping preserve your LASIK vision correction, quality sunglasses can also help protect from UV created cataracts.
Some working conditions and hobbies require safety eyewear to prevent exposure to dust or chemicals and protect the eyes from injury. Taking precautions to protect your eyes will insure that you enjoy your LASIK results.
Reading and computer glasses help prevent eyestrain. Taking good care of your eyes throughout the workday will help you enjoy your LASIK vision correction for years to come.