If you rely on glasses or contacts to see clearly, you’ve probably envied people who open their eyes in the morning with perfect vision. Now, thanks to LASIK, you can be one of them. Scott Vandenbelt, MD, uses this refractive surgery to change the way your eye works, giving you clear vision without the need for contacts or glasses. To learn more about LASIK, call Valley Eye Care, P.C. in Bay City, Michigan, or book your appointment with the online scheduler today.
LASIK is short for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis and treats nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. LASIK usually takes 15 minutes or fewer. During that time, Dr. Vandenbelt uses a laser to reshape your cornea, changing the way it focuses light onto your retina. Through this reshaping, he fixes your eye’s ability to focus so that it operates just like the eye of someone with clear vision.
LASIK is the most common type of refractive surgery, or type of surgery that changes the way your eye bends light waves. These surgeries are designed to fix refractive errors like farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism, which are all caused by the improper refraction of light onto your cornea.
LASIK corrects the shape of your eye — specifically, your cornea. Dr. Vandenbelt uses custom wavefront LASIK to deliver the best results. Traditional refractive surgeries attempt to mimic the correction your eyeglass prescription delivers to your eyes. The eye reshaping is based on your prescription alone.
Wavefront LASIK, however, uses wavefront technology to analyze your unique eye structure. With this technology, Dr. Vandenbelt can assess the characteristics of your specific eye. He can then use that knowledge to shape your refractive eye surgery so it’s tailored to your needs. The end result is the clearest vision possible.
After your quick refractive surgery, you should plan to spend the rest of the day relaxing. Arrange to have someone else drive you home from your appointment. While your cornea is healing, it’s important that you don’t rub your eye. Dr. Vandenbelt fits you with a protective guard to protect your eye during the healing process.
Your vision should start improving as soon as the next morning. Over the next few days, your vision will continue focusing until you’re left with clear eyesight. Dr. Vandenbelt will most likely want to see you again the day after your procedure to ensure everything is healing properly.
If you would like more information about how refractive surgery, including LASIK, can improve your vision, call Valley Eye Care, P.C. or request your appointment online.