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Posted on 06-01-2017

Understanding LASIK Vision Correction Surgery at Total Eyecare in Elko

Laser-assisted in situ keratomileuses, known as LASIK vision correction, has become a popular way to improve the ability to see without eyeglasses. LASIK uses specializes laser equipment to reshape the cornea of the eye for better vision. However, LASIK surgery may not always a correct vision to the degree an individual needs. More than 95 percent of patients who get the surgery will have successful vision correction. For a small percentage of people, the unique structure of their corneas or how the eyes heal after surgery may prevent complete improvement. They may experience glare, a starburst effect around lights or distortion of vision after surgery. These individuals may require contact lenses to provide complete correction of their vision.

Woman rock climbing after improving her vision.

Post-LASIK Care

After LASIK surgery, your optometrist will determine whether the procedure has provided sufficient correction to allow you to see clearly. In relatively rare cases, unsuccessful results may require additional surgery or the use of corrective lenses to provide the best visual results for the patients. Having the LASIK procedure does not prevent individuals from wearing contact lenses if they require additional correction after surgery. Individuals who choose to wear colored contact lenses can generally do so without a problem.

Improving Vision after LASIK

Special contact lenses may be necessary after LASIK surgery to provide the additional clarity needed. Gas permeable lenses are often indicated because these lenses are rigid, allowing for natural tears to collect beneath the lenses, which help to fill the irregularities in the corneal surface. Hybrid lenses that have some of the features of both hard and soft lenses are also available for some patients. Aspheric lenses are designed to be flatter at the center to help correct vision after surgery. Scleral lenses are another option. These lenses are larger than normal lenses and fit on the white of the eye to correct aberrations of the corneal surface and to help correct astigmatism.

Your Knowledgeable, Professional Optometrist Can Help

If you need additional vision correction after LASIK surgery, the optometrist will have to use special equipment to provide highly accurate measurements of the post-surgery surface of the cornea in order to determine the right amount of correction needed to provide clear vision. The additional complexities of the lens fitting process require more time and care on the part of your eye care professional. The eye care professionals at Total Eyecare can provide the expertise you need to ensure healthy vision after LASIK surgery for work and play.

Contact Total Eyecare in Elko for More Information on Our LASIK Procedure

Dr. Colon, Dr. Alleman, Dr. Curtis and the friendly staff at Total Eyecare work hard to provide superior care for their patients in Elko, NV, and surrounding communities. We offer complete vision exams, eyeglass fitting, contact lens fitting, hard-to-fit contacts, sunglasses, sports glasses, computer glasses, Ortho-K vision therapy, pediatric optometry, pre- and post-LASIK surgery care and evaluation of eye diseases. Contact Total Eyecare today at 775-738-8491 for an appointment to discuss how you can maximize your ability to see clearly after LASIK surgery.

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