Abbreviation standing for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, a kind of laser eye surgery designed to change the shape of the cornea to eliminate or reduce the need for glasses and contact lenses in cases of myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia. The procedure can be performed under local anesthetic and takes only several minutes.
Our examination will determine your possibility for this exciting surgery and answer all of your questions and concerns with regards to results and expectations going forward.
Virtually everyone who wears glasses or contact lenses is a LASIK candidate. There are, however, a few exceptions. During this consultation, we will explain the procedure in greater detail, inform you of the many benefits and few risks of LASIK surgery, and determine if you are a candidate.
Is LASIK permanent, or will I have to repeat it on a regular basis like a face-lift?
In the many years that LASIK has been studied, the correction has been permanent. Based upon our knowledge of the cornea, no one anticipates that the cornea will change at a later date.
Is LASIK painful?
The LASIK procedure lasts approximately five minutes per eye and is entirely painless. It is performed with topical anesthetic numbing eye drops. Most patients feel absolutely nothing after the procedure; a percentage say they feel as if they had worn their contact lenses too long and have a gritty, grainy feeling until the next morning.
How soon after LASIK will I be able to see?
Results vary from patient to patient, but most patients at Norden Laser Eye are able to see well enough to drive the day after LASIK, with continued improvement over the next few days.
Is LASIK approved by the FDA?
Yes. LASIK was FDA approved in 1998.
If you currently depend on eye glasses or contact lenses for better vision, you should consider LASIK. In Bergen County there is no better LASIK specialist than Dr. Richard Norden. Dr. Smith has been working very closely with Dr. Norden for many years and will be proactive in monitoring your transition both pre and post the procedure.
Our friendly staff is always available to answer any questions you may have, and Dr. Smith will thoroughly explain the entire LASIK procedure during your initial consultation.