LASIK is a state-of-the-art procedure that offers perfect vision, but many men and women still shy away from having laser eye surgery. There are quite a few myths surrounding LASIK, such as going blind—you will not go blind from LASIK. While it can happen in rare circumstances, our eye surgeon has performed tens of thousands of LASIK surgeries with little to no complications, and there have certainly been no vision-threatening issues.
There are other common questions we often hear at our Chicago and Lombard offices such as:
1. Will LASIK Give Me 20/20 Vision?
Many of our patients achieve perfect eyesight or better, meaning some men and women see 20/15 or 20/10 after having LASIK eye surgery. Custom LASIK offers the best results as Dr. Foulkes can correct problems that the traditional LASIK procedure cannot, such as glares and halos around lights. No patient is the same. Dr. Foulkes treats each of our patients with individualized care and can help you determine if traditional LASIK or Custom LASIK will deliver 20/20 vision or better.
2. Do I Qualify for LASIK?
Another common misconception is that most adults don’t qualify for LASIK. In fact, more patients qualify than you may realize. The main concerns are that you are at least 18 years old, have had a stable prescription for one to two years, and have otherwise healthy eyes. You’ll also need to be prepared for the recovery process. The ultimate outcome of your LASIK eye surgery depends on how well you take care of your eyes while you recover, such as adhering to Dr. Foulkes directions, using your prescribed and over-the-counter eye drops correctly, and sleeping with the protective eyewear we provide you with for a week or longer after you’ve had LASIK.
3. Which is Better LASIK or PRK?
Both LASIK and PRK can give you great results, so you don’t have to worry about contact lenses or prescription eyeglasses any longer. It’s not about which eye surgery is better—it’s about which one is better for you. If you have thin corneas or struggle with dry eye syndrome, PRK might be the right vision correction procedure for you. Both eye surgeries use precise lasers to correct the curvature of your cornea. The main difference is the recovery period.
LASIK candidates will only need 24-48 hours of recovery before they can return to work or daily activities. PRK patients will need up to a week as PRK requires the top layer of your cornea (epithelial layer) to be completely removed, meaning your eyes need time to regrow this layer after your eye surgery naturally. Whereas, LASIK creates a flap that is folded back to give the laser room to reshape the cornea, and afterward, the flap is folded back into place.
4. Can LASIK Cause Eye Disease?
LASIK vision correction does not make you more likely to develop glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, or other eye diseases. The main concern with LASIK is the development of dry eyes. This is a common side effect that arises during your recovery, but it typically dissipates after four to six months.
If you’re interested in LASIK or have questions about laser vision correction, please contact our eye surgeon, Dr. Richard Foulkes, in Chicago today at 630-724-1400 to schedule your consultation. Foulkes Vision serves patients in Lombard, Chicago, Downers Grove, and surrounding Northern Illinois areas.