LASIK is a surgical procedure where the cornea (the front surface of the eye) is surgically changed with the intent of “correcting vision”.
Many patients do well after LASIK, but it is important to go into the procedure with your eyes wide open.
Children are not eligible for LASIK. Most surgeons who offer LASIK require that vision be stable for a certain amount of time before having surgery and therefore wait until age 21 at the least. We have heard of some surgeons who offer it as early as 18.
Common complications after surgery include halos around lights and glare at night. Many individuals suffer from dry eyes or feel as though there is sand in the eyes. At times the flap that is created with most LASIK procedures becomes dislodged. Debris sometimes becomes “stuck” under the flap. At times patients experience “regression” which means they revert to being nearsighted or farsighted some time after the surgery. Many people think they will be “free of glasses” and be able to see clearly at distance and near. This may not be the case. Many make the mistake of not having a yearly eye examination at our Old Bridge eye care clinic after having LASIK, thinking that no other eye problems (cataract, glaucoma, etc.) can exist.
Click on this video explanation by Dr. Oz explaining the procedure.