Renew Eye Clinic
Michael Choi, M.D.
General Ophthalmology & Cataract Surgeon located in Buena Park, CA
If your vision is failing, LASIK surgery can make a significant difference in your daily quality of life. It is one of many advanced treatments available from Michael Choi, MD, of Renew Eye Clinic in Buena Park, California. To learn more about what LASIK can do for your vision, book a one-on-one visit online or over the phone today.
What is LASIK?
Laser in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is a type of surgery that can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. It’s a good treatment option for vision issues that stem from refractive errors, which occur when the eye cannot properly bend light to enable normal vision.
The term LASIK comes from keratomileusis, meaning reshaping of the cornea, and in situ, meaning in position. The procedure uses laser technology to change the shape of your cornea to better direct light to your retina.
More than 40 million people around the world have had LASIK surgery, 95% of whom have achieved improved vision after their procedure.
What happens during LASIK surgery?
There’s no need for general anesthesia when you have LASIK surgery. You’ll remain alert and awake throughout the procedure, but you won’t feel any pain.
You’ll lie flat and special eye drops will be placed to fully numb your eyes. While there is no pain during the procedure, many people report a sensation of pressure, similar to having a finger pressed against their closed eyelid.
An eyelid holder is placed to prevent your eye from closing during the procedure. A suction ring prevents your eye from moving. It’s normal for your vision to dim or darken.
The laser creates a thin flap of tissue within your eye that can be folded back, much like a page of a book. You’re instructed to stare directly at a light shone into your eye. This portion of the procedure reshapes your cornea.
You may hear a clicking or ticking sound and might smell something like burning hair. The flap of tissue is then folded back down into place to facilitate healing.
What happens after LASIK surgery?
LASIK is an outpatient procedure, so you’ll be able to return home once the process is complete. It’s normal to experience some itching or burning, and some people report feeling as though something is in their eye.
You might also have blurry vision or see things like halos, starbursts, or glare. Dry eyes are common after LASIK, but eye drops can help increase moisture levels.
Dr. Choi might prescribe antibiotics and/or steroidal eye drops. You may need to wear a special shield over your eyes to keep you from touching them as they heal, especially during sleep. When you return for your follow-up visit, Dr. Choi checks to ensure the healing process is progressing and also evaluates your vision.
You’ll be able to return to most normal activities within a day or two after your procedure. It’s important to avoid contact sports and swimming, hot tubs, or whirlpools for around a month after LASIK surgery.
If you’d like more information about LASIK, schedule a diagnostic exam. Online booking is one option, or you’re always welcome to call and check appointment availability.