Doctors commonly prescribe glasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems. Even with these fixes, vision can continue to worsen over time so individuals might need a more efficient solution. These patients should consider LASIK surgery to provide better vision.
Many of our patients want to know if LASIK is permanent. Dr. David Masihdas offers consultations in his Salt Lake City, UT, office to provide patients with more information. He will determine if you are a good candidate and personalize a treatment program to correct your vision problems for longer-lasting results.
Who Are the Best Candidates for LASIK?
Since LASIK surgery is not the best choice for every patient, we will assess your vision to see if you are a match for the surgery in our Salt Lake City office. We look at various factors, including the health of your eyes. If you have an eye infection, an injury, or severe dry eye syndrome, you may not be suitable for the surgery. Additionally, you should be in good overall health to ensure that you heal properly after the surgery. Other criteria that our office checks for includes:
- Ensuring you have adequate cornea thickness
- Making sure that your vision is stable
- Checking that your pupils are the right size
Our medical team also checks that your prescription is within certain limits. If your prescription is too high for conditions like astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness, LASIK might not be right for you.
How Long do the Results Last?
For most patients, LASIK is permanent since the procedure reshapes the cornea to correct particular vision problems. Some individuals may experience changes in the lens in the eye, which can affect the results of the surgery. In some cases, conditions like farsightedness, astigmatism, and nearsightedness can return. In turn, vision might become blurry.
If your vision regresses after vision surgery, you should call our Salt Lake City office to schedule a follow-up visit. Our doctor might provide a revision surgery to repair your vision.
What Is Involved in the Procedure?
A few weeks before the surgery, our office recommends that patients refrain from wearing contacts and wear glasses instead to preserve the natural shape of the cornea. Our doctor performs the procedure in our office, usually in around 30 minutes.
The physician places numbing drops in your eyes and uses a specialized instrument to hold your eyes open. A special laser will fold back a small flap from the front of the eye to allow the doctor to address the cornea. With a programmed laser, Dr. Masihdas reshapes parts of the cornea by removing small amounts of tissue.
After LASIK, patients might experience watery, itchy, gritty, or burning eyes. Vision might be blurred temporarily. It typically takes patients two or three months before their eyes heal completely, and their vision stabilizes.
What Other Options Are Available?
If LASIK surgery is not an appropriate option for you, our office also offers Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICL), where permanent contact lenses are placed in the cornea. For patients with thin corneas, PRK might be the right choice to reshape the cornea’s surface.
Schedule a Consultation
For patients interested in a permanent solution for vision loss, contact our office at (801) 363-2851 to learn more about LASIK. Our medical team will be glad to discuss the procedure during a consultation.