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Exploring LASIK Surgery: Is It Right for You? What to Expect and Consider

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In the realm of vision correction, LASIK surgery stands out as a popular and effective option. If you’re tired of relying on glasses or contact lenses, you might be wondering if LASIK surgery is right for you. Let’s explore the ins and outs of LASIK, including what to expect, key considerations, and how to determine if you’re a suitable candidate. We’ll also incorporate essential optometry keywords to ensure this information reaches those seeking comprehensive eye care.

Understanding LASIK Surgery

LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) surgery is a laser procedure designed to correct common vision problems such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. The surgery reshapes the cornea, allowing light to be properly focused onto the retina, resulting in clearer vision.

Is LASIK Right for You?

Determining if LASIK surgery is right for you involves several factors. Here are some key considerations:

  1. Eye Health: A comprehensive eye exam is crucial to assess your eye health. Conditions like dry eye syndrome, cataracts, or glaucoma may affect your eligibility for LASIK or can affect the outcomes of surgery if not properly assessed
  2. Age: Candidates should be at least 18 years old, as vision can continue to change in younger individuals. It is recommended that you wait until you are in your mid-20’s though, since your eyes continue to develop until then and can change post-surgery.
  3. Stable Vision: Your prescription should be stable for at least 2-3 years before considering LASIK. Significant changes in your vision could indicate underlying issues that need to be addressed first.
  4. Overall Health: Certain medical conditions, such as autoimmune diseases or diabetes, can affect healing and outcomes. Discuss your medical history with your optometrist and surgeon
  5. Realistic Expectations: While LASIK can significantly improve vision, it’s essential to have realistic expectations. Some patients may still need reading glasses as they age.

What to Expect During LASIK Surgery

Knowing what to expect can help alleviate anxiety and prepare you for the procedure:

  1. Consultation and Pre-Operative Exam: Your journey begins with a thorough eye exam and consultation with an optometrist. This includes a vision test, corneal thickness measurement, and surgical measurements to map the eye’s surface.
  2. Day of Surgery: LASIK is typically performed on an outpatient basis and takes about 30 minutes. You’ll be given numbing eye drops and anti-anxiety medication to ensure comfort during the procedure.
  3. The Procedure: The surgeon creates a thin flap in the cornea using a femtosecond laser. The underlying corneal tissue is then reshaped with an excimer laser. The flap is repositioned, and it heals naturally without stitches.
  4. Post-Operative Care: Following the procedure, you’ll need someone to drive you home. Your surgical team will provide detailed aftercare instructions, including the use of prescription eye drops to prevent infection and dryness.
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Benefits and Risks of LASIK Surgery


  • Improved Vision: Most patients achieve 20/20 vision or better after LASIK.
  • Quick Recovery: Many people return to their regular activities within a day or two.
  • Reduced Dependence on Glasses/Contacts: Enjoy the freedom from corrective lenses.


  • Dry Eyes: Some patients experience dry eyes temporarily or permanently.
  • Glare/Halos: Night vision issues like glare or halos around lights can occur, especially initially.
  • Flap Complications: Although rare, issues with the corneal flap can arise. If you have a high-risk occupation (construction worker, pilot, athlete, etc.), other refractive surgeries like PRK may be recommended instead.

Choosing the Right Optometrist and LASIK Surgeon

Selecting a qualified optometrist and experienced LASIK surgeon co-management team is crucial for a successful outcome. Look for clinics with positive reviews and a proven track record in laser eye surgery. During your consultation, ask about their experience, success rates, and any advanced technology they use. Our preferred partners are Furlong Vision Correction in the Bay Area, CA and Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute in the Pacific Northwest.

LASIK surgery can be a life-changing procedure for those seeking to improve their vision and reduce reliance on glasses or contact lenses. By understanding the eligibility criteria, what to expect during the procedure, and the potential benefits and risks, you can make an informed decision about whether LASIK is right for you. Always consult with a trusted optometrist to discuss your options and ensure your eye health is in the best hands.

For personalized eye care and expert LASIK consultations, contact Optical Illusions: An Optometric Practice. Our dedicated team of optometrists is here to guide you through every step of your vision correction journey, ensuring you receive the highest quality care. We are proud to offer a wide range of consultations and co-management surgical eye care services, including LASIK, PRK, and EVO-ICL. Contact our team to schedule your appointment at 1 of our 4 conveniently located offices.

Written by Dr. Will To

Dr. William To has multiple years of healthcare experience providing design-based ocular care, with an optometric emphasis in Pediatrics, Dry Eye Therapy, and Ocular Surface Disease.

He graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor’s in Human Biology and a minor in Psychology and earned his Doctorate in Optometry from Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Will is regularly invited to several Optometric Conferences and Colleges of Optometry each year to lecture to his colleagues and students, having given over 100 lectures and written several published editorials.

When he’s not caring for his amazing patients, Dr. Will enjoys traveling every chance he gets. As a Bay Area native, he has taken on leadership roles both in the local community and beyond, serving as the President of the Santa Clara County Optometric Society and on several California Optometric Association and American Optometric Association committees. He is actively involved with a variety of community outreach and social programs.

Dr. Will is an avid Golden State Warriors and 49ers fan.

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