LASIK & Myopia

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Key Takeaways

Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, is more than an inconvenience; it's a refractive error affecting millions worldwide. With the rise in screen usage and other modern lifestyle factors, the prevalence of myopia has surged. Thankfully, advancements in refractive surgery, especially LASIK, provide a promising horizon for those seeking clear distance vision. At San Antonio Eye Specialists, we're at the forefront of these advancements, guiding countless individuals toward a life of visual freedom.

Understanding Myopia

Myopia occurs when the eyeball is slightly elongated or the cornea has too much curvature. This results in light rays focusing in front of the retina instead of directly on its surface. The primary symptom? Blurred distance vision. Close objects can be seen clearly, but distant objects appear fuzzy or out of focus.

Enter LASIK: The Visionary Solution

LASIK, or Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, corrects myopia by reshaping the cornea, allowing light rays to focus correctly on the retina. Here’s how it works 

  • Preparation: The eye is numbed using drops, ensuring a more comfortable procedure.
  • Creating the Flap: A thin flap is created on the cornea's surface using a femtosecond laser. This flap is then gently lifted.
  • Reshaping: An excimer laser removes a precise amount of corneal tissue to correct the refractive myopic error, effectively flattening the cornea.
  • Flap Repositioning: The corneal flap is repositioned and smoothed out allowing for natural healing without any stitches. 

Benefits of LASIK for Myopia

The advantages of LASIK for myopia are plentiful. The procedure is often completed in about  15  minutes for both eyes, ensuring that patients spend minimal time in the operating room. Post-surgery, patients typically experience minimal discomfort, thanks to the advanced techniques and precision of all-laser LASIK technologies employed during the procedure. The recovery process is notably rapid, with most patients reporting clear vision within less than 24 hours and quickly returning to their regular activities, back at school or work the next day. 

Long gone are the days of treating myopia with only glasses or contacts. LASIK is a viable, life-changing option sought out by millions of people, successfully treating myopia.  Visual freedom is a welcome benefit and a sound investment in vision in comparison to ongoing expenses with glasses and contacts.  As for the results, they are not only impressive but also enduring. Most patients achieve 20/20 vision or even better and eliminate their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. 

Is LASIK the Right Choice for Your Myopia?

LASIK has been around for over 20 years evolving from microkeratome blade or all-laser LASIK technology which is fast, precise, and reproducible. To truly know if you are a suitable candidate for LASIK, a comprehensive eye exam is necessary by an eye specialist, preferably an ophthalmologist who is fellowship-trained in refractive surgery and has years of experience and a solid reputation in the art of refractive surgery. Dr. Iskander is an ophthalmologist sub- specializing in refractive surgery to correct refractive errors like myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism unaided by glasses or contacts. Factors like genetics or familial history of certain conditions, corneal thickness, overall eye and body health, age, and the degree of refractive error are all considered for LASIK candidacy.  

Our fellowship-trained refractive experts at San Antonio Eye Specialists, Dr. Iskander, and Dr. Lindquist are here to offer personalized, complimentary consultations. With their vast experience and in conjunction with our state-of-the-art all-laser LASIK technology, rest assured, you are in competent hands guiding you through the process of visual freedom and visual clarity. 

Step into a Clearer Tomorrow With San Antonio Eye Specialists

Let’s put blurred vision behind you,  no longer hampering your quality of life.  With LASIK, a world of clarity is within arm's reach.

Ready for your vision transformation? Reach out to San Antonio Eye Specialists and discover how we can guide you toward better distance vision unaided by glasses or contacts..Visual clarity doesn’t need to exist only in your dreams; it's a reality we craft together. For your eyes… Don’t compromise! 

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