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LASIK Surgery at Calvert Ophthalmology Center in Clarksville, Hopkinsville, and Madisonville
At Calvert Ophthalmology Center in Clarksville, Hopkinsville, and Madisonville, our ophthalmologist wants you to have the best vision possible. We always recommend annual eye exams to look at your eye health and vision quality, but often, our patients want more. If you are tired of wearing contact lenses or eyeglasses, you may want to consider LASIK eye surgery. This is a safe, approved surgery that can correct many vision problems so you don’t need corrective lenses. Our ophthalmology team can help you with LASIK surgery.
LASIK Eye Surgery: Vision Correction for Your Eyes
LASIK eye surgery is a safe type of eye surgery that has the single goal of providing vision correction. For many people, the eyes do not have the proper shape. This misshape leads to distortions in what your brain sees. LASIK is a type of refractive surgery that aims to correct these vision problems. It is commonly used in individuals who are nearsighted or farsighted or those who have astigmatism or presbyopia. Once complete, individuals may no longer need to use contact lenses or eyeglasses.
How Does LASIK Eye Surgery Work With Our Clarksville, Hopkinsville, and Madisonville Ophthalmologists?
There are several forms of refractive surgery, though LASIK is the most commonly used. LASIK, or laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is a procedure in which a high powered laser light is used to alter the shape of the cornea. The cornea is the outer portion of the eye. It works much like a camera lens in gathering light and shaping it to send to the retina. The retina then sends that image to the brain through the optic nerve.
During the procedure, you will be asleep or sedated. The eye surgeon will use a mechanical surgical tool or laser to create a very small, thin flap in the cornea. We then fold this flap open, much like a hinged door. This allows for access to the underlying cornea. The surgeon then works to remove some of the tissue on the cornea using an excimer laser. This isn’t painful to you. However, the laser removes microscopic amounts of tissue to create a very precise shape to the cornea. In doing so, we improve the cornea’s ability to shape light and images. This improves your vision.
- To correct nearsightedness, the laser works to flatten out the cornea.
- For those with farsightedness, it works to make the cornea a bit steeper.
- For those with astigmatism, it is possible for the laser to smooth the irregular area to create a natural shape.
After the proper shape is obtained, your eye surgeon will then fold the cornea flap back into place. Your cornea will heal on its own over the next few days and weeks. Generally, we do not place a bandage over your eyes. You’ll need to use specific eye drops for several days, though.
What to Expect After LASIK Eye Surgery at Calvert Ophthalmology Center
Recovering from LASIK eye surgery will take some time. We take steps to ensure you are safe to have the procedure prior to doing it. In most cases, you’ll have blurry vision immediately after the procedure, but you should begin to notice an improvement to your vision right away. We’ll likely recommend not working for a few days. You do not want to strain your eyes while they heal. Most people will need a follow-up appointment in a week.
Visit Our Ophthalmologists and Eye Doctors in Hopkinsville, Madisonville, and Clarksville for an Appointment at Calvert Ophthalmology Center
Schedule an appointment with our ophthalmologists for an eye consultation and examination. Then, work with our ophthalmologists to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK. We’re happy to help you today. Call us today for an appointment in Hopkinsville at 270-886-2050, Madisonville at 866-393-7874, or Clarksville at 931-647-4900.