Dr. Rynerson and his staff will perform a comprehensive eye examination to make sure your eyes are healthy and to determine the extent of your nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Precise measurements will be taken to establish the surgical plan and predict the amount of correction you will be able to achieve through LASIK.
You will recline in a specially designed chair and be given eye drops to completely numb your eye. An eyelid holder will be placed between your lids to prevent blinking. You will remain awake during the procedure and be instructed to look directly at a light above you.
This positions your eyes with our operating microscope and allows Dr. Rynerson to precisely direct the laser beam at the areas of the cornea that need to be reshaped to improve your vision.
Next, Dr. Rynerson will use a special instrument, called a microkeratome, to create a thin protective flap of corneal tissue. He will gently lay this flap back, then treat the inner layer of the cornea with the laser beam. Typically, this takes just a few moments, after which the corneal flap is returned to its original position where it will heal without the need for stitches.
You will be instructed to rest your eyes at home for about 24 hours. You will also be informed about what to do, what not to do, and things to watch for during the initial healing period. By the day following surgery, you will probably be able to resume your normal activities, with vision that is already beginning to improve.
IS LASIK AFFORDABLE?
LASIK is very affordable. With traditional LASIK there is no fee for your initial consultation and evaluation, and the price of your LASIK surgery includes the actual surgery and your follow-up care. Plus, they offer a variety of attractive financing options they will be happy to discuss with you.
IS LASIK RIGHT FOR ME?
The decision to have LASIK is ultimately yours. LASIK patients need a healthy cornea and a prescription that has remained stable for at least a year. Those with certain medical conditions and pregnant women are generally not considered good candidates.
You also need to have a realistic expectation for LASIK and remember that the goal is to reduce or eliminate your dependence on corrective lenses. LASIK, usually, but not always, produces 20/20 vision. They cannot correct presbyopia, the natural aging of the eye that may require the use of reading glasses.
At Rynerson Vision Care in Bowling Green, they can arrange a consultation with Dr. Rynerson to help you determine if LASIK is right for you. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the benefits and risks of LASIK, and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.