LASIK, or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, treats both nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism by changing the shape of the eye’s cornea. The surgery is painless and relatively quick compared to most surgeries — it only takes about 15 minutes to complete the procedure for both eyes.

After LASIK surgery, patients usually notice improved eyesight in roughly 24 hours.

How Do You Decide?

Before you decide to proceed with LASIK surgery, you need to consider a few things. The first is, of course, how healthy your eyes currently are. Surgery shouldn’t be done on injured, diseased, or otherwise unhealthy eyes.

Your corneas can’t be too thin for surgery, and your pupils can’t be too large. Both of these conditions can cause the surgery to be ineffective or can even cause complications with your eyes in the future.

Before you are eligible for LASIK, your eye prescription must be stable for at least a year, and your prescription has to be within certain limits. Otherwise, the results of the surgery are unpredictable and could result in vision complications.

Eye prescriptions frequently change during childhood and adolescence, so you need to have reached the age of 18 — or 21 for some procedures — before considering LASIK surgery. Exceptions to this rule exist, but these exceptions are rare and require permission from the parents or guardians of the patient.

If you meet all of these surgery considerations and feel like you would benefit from having LASIK surgery, then give The Eye Center, Inc., a call at 301-279-9696. We will be happy to answer any of your questions, provide you with more information, or schedule you for a consultation. We look forward to working with you and bettering your vision for life.