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Wearing eyeglasses or contacts are the most popular ways to correct vision problems, but many get tired of the constant maintenance, such as keeping the right supplies for their contacts, or worrying about whether their glasses will fall off or break. Many simply want to be able to see well right when they wake up in the morning, which leads many to consult with their ophthalmologist about a more permanent solution; LASIK eye surgery.
LASIK (Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a type of eye surgery that treats nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism by reshaping the corneas in order better focus light rays onto the retina. When you are having LASIK eye surgery in Shreveport, the ophthalmologist creates a flap and removes the needed amount of corneal tissue, then put the flap back to the original position where it can heal leaving improved eyesight. During a LASIK procedure, the surgeon can also correct astigmatism, by reshaping your irregularly shaped cornea into a more regular shape at the time of surgery.
When performed by an ophthalmologist, the success rate for LASIK eye surgery is very high. More than 90% of those who have the surgery wind up with a vision correction between 20/20 and 20/40.
There are also some risks to having eye surgery, infections do sometimes happen, and just over 10% find they require a second surgery.
If you are interested in improving your vision with LASIK eye surgery, the first step is to consult with your ophthalmologist to make sure you are a candidate. Generally, LASIK is an option for those who have severe astigmatism, farsightedness, or nearsightedness that is considered stable, and you must be 18 years old or older. Our ophthalmologist will evaluate your eyes and confirm the likelihood that LASIK will produce a favorable result.
If you feel like LASIK might be the right option for your vision, contact Shreveport Eye Clinic at 318-861-4009 to schedule an evaluation with one of our ophthalmologists.