If waking up and being able to see clearly without glasses or contacts lenses would be a dream come true for you, talk to Jerry Gundersheimer, DO about LASIK vision correction surgery. Dr. Gundersheimer had LASIK surgery several years ago and offers his advice as an experienced optometrist, but also as someone who has had the procedure. Make an appointment at Dr. Gundersheimer’s Eye-Do Optical in Sherman, Texas by calling the office or booking online to find out if LASIK is right for you.
What is LASIK?
LASIK is a popular type of refractive surgery used to decrease your dependence on corrective lenses. LASIK is an acronym for laser in-situ keratomileusis. This procedure corrects myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.
The lasers reshape your cornea to allow light to pass through to your intraocular lens and create clear images for your optic nerve to transmit to your brain.
Who is a good candidate for LASIK?
LASIK is suitable for most adults who are in good health and don’t want to wear glasses or contacts anymore, as long as you’ve had a stable lens prescription for at least a year.
Dr. Gundersheimer offers LASIK consultations and exams to determine if you’re a good candidate for LASIK surgery. LASIK isn’t suitable if you:
- Have a health condition like diabetes that can affect your vision
- Have a health condition that disrupts your ability to heal like HIV, rheumatoid arthritis, or lupus
- Take medication that can affect your vision
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have eye diseases like glaucoma
There are other eye surgery options if you’re not a good candidate for LASIK. You can ask Dr. Gundersheimer about alternatives.
If you’re a good candidate for LASIK, Dr. Gundersheimer refers you to a trusted LASIK surgeon and co-manages your care before, during, and after your surgery.
What should I expect during LASIK?
LASIK eye surgery is a quick and pain-free procedure. When you have the surgery, your surgeon puts numbing drops in your eyes. Then they place soft devices to hold your eye open.
All you see is light while the laser makes an incision in the upper layer of your cornea and trims away part of the inner layer of the cornea. Typically, both eyes are done within 15 minutes, and you should have clear vision within 24 hours of your surgery.
Some patients experience mild irritation after LASIK surgery, but in most cases, it subsides after a short nap. Your surgeon prescribes eyedrops to keep your eyes moist and prevent infection for the days following your procedure.
You’ll have follow-up appointments with Dr. Gundersheimer and will continue to have routine eye exams, even though you won’t need corrective lenses. It’s important to note that LASIK doesn’t prevent presbyopia, which is a hardening of your intraocular lens that results in needing reading glasses.
Call or book a consultation online today to find out if LASIK is right for you.