Achieving clearer vision can be a truly life-changing experience. Not only can it eliminate the hassle and bother of corrective lenses, but it can also allow individuals to fully enjoy doing the things they love. Whether it comes to beholding the beautiful details of a scenic view, or experiencing the simple moments of day-to-day life, the impact of improved eyesight can be profound.
Using the latest technology, iLASIK has effectively helped many people take advantage of these benefits. However, often those just beginning to consider vision correction surgery naturally have questions about whether it’s right for them. By taking a closer look at what iLASIK involves and what it can achieve, the answers to those questions can become a whole lot clearer.
How Does iLASIK Work?
iLASIK is an extremely advanced and precise procedure. So much so, that is has been approved by NASA for its astronauts. To begin the process of correcting vision, the procedure first involves making a digital blueprint of the unique characteristics of the eye. This vision profile is created by 3-D mapping technology and used to identify imperfections and to customize the procedure for each eye.
Driven by the map of the eye, an Intralase laser is then used to create a corneal flap without the use of a blade. This flap is a thin layer of hinged tissue that is folded back, and then another laser is used to correct the specific imperfections. In a matter of minutes, the iLASIK surgery can safely improve vision with the potential of 20/20 or better.
Does it Hurt?
iLASIK is quick and a virtually painless procedure. Performed using numbing eye drops, some patients experience a sense of pressure, but not pain. During the days immediately following surgery, some patients may experience a slight degree of discomfort and sensitivity.
Good Candidates For This Procedure
A consultation with an eye doctor will best determine if a patient is a candidate for iLASIK. However, there are general requirements that may indicate eligibility. Those who meet the following conditions tend to make good candidates:
- Are at least 21 years of age
- Are in good overall health
- Have mild to severe nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism
- Have had a stable vision prescription for a least one year
- Have eyes that are free from disease or infection
How Much Downtime is Required After Surgery?
Due to its precision and use of state-of-the-art technology, iLASIK is a procedure that requires minimal downtime. In fact, the great majority of patients are able to return to work and normal activities the following day or so after surgery.
However, high-contact sports and activities such as football should be avoided for several weeks after iLASIK. In addition, post-op visits are required to monitor the healing process and review the improvement of vision.
Keeping Better Vision in Sight
If you are interested in how iLASIK can improve your eyesight, the next step is to consult with a qualified eye doctor. Not only will this provide the opportunity to discuss procedural details and address concerns, but it will ultimately determine whether the procedure is right for you and your vision.
Our team of experts at Advanced Eye Medical Group strive to meet the different vision needs of our patients through our knowledge and high standard of care. Please contact us today if you would like a consultation, or if you would like to learn more about achieving clearer vision with iLASIK.