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LASIK eye surgery is the most common vision improvement procedure for those with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, which are eye conditions caused by the shape of the cornea. By using a high-powered laser, a skilled eye surgeon at New York Laser Vision can alter the shape of your cornea, improving your vision and restoring your quality of life with LASIK in Manhattan.

What is LASIK?

LASIK eye surgery is a laser refractive surgery to correct vision problems. Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) can be a long-term alternative to glasses or contact lenses.

During LASIK surgery, a specialized cutting laser changes the cornea's shape, the transparent dome-shaped tissue at the front of your eye, to improve your vision. In eyes with normal vision, the cornea bends light precisely onto the retina at the back of the eye. But with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, the light is turned incorrectly, resulting in blurred vision.

While glasses or contact lenses can correct vision, reshaping the cornea will also provide the necessary refraction.

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LASIK Benefits

LASIK surgery in Manhattan with New York Laser Vision gives you clearer vision to enjoy life without needing contact lenses or corrective eyeglasses. 

Studies indicate that LASIK:

  • Is successful in achieving 20/20 vision in 85% of patients
  • 95% of patients achieve at least 20/40 visual acuity with LASIK
  • Results are long-lasting, and most patients don’t require follow-up procedures

Other LASIK benefits include:

  • The LASIK procedure is brief
  • LASIK involves little to no downtime, meaning you can resume your normal activities after taking some time to rest on the day of the procedure
  • More than 8 out of 10 LASIK patients no longer need their glasses or contact lenses for most of their activities

Am I a good LASIK candidate?

If you're considering LASIK surgery in Manhattan, you probably already wear glasses or contact lenses, which makes you a good candidate for LASIK. LASIK surgery may be your solution to correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

However, certain health conditions can increase the risks associated with LASIK surgery or produce less predictable results.

You may not be a good LASIK candidate if you have:

  • Autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • A weakened immune system caused by immunosuppressive medications
  • Persistent dry eyes
  • Recent changes in vision due to medications, hormonal changes, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or age
  • Inflammation of the cornea
  • Eyelid disorders
  • Eye injuries
  • Eye diseases such as uveitis, herpes simplex affecting the eye area, glaucoma, or cataracts
  • Eye diseases that cause the cornea to thin and bulge
  • Genetic predisposition to eye diseases that cause the cornea to thin and bulge

Additionally, LASIK surgery is not advisable if you:

  • Have good vision overall
  • Have severe nearsightedness
  • Have large pupils or thin corneas
  • Have age-related eye changes that cause your vision to be less clear
  • Participate in contact sports associated with blows to the face

Procedure

LASIK surgery is usually completed in 30 minutes or less. During the procedure, you lie on your back in a reclining chair and take medicine to help you relax. After numbing drops are placed in your eye, your surgeon uses an instrument to hold your eyelids open.

A suction ring is placed on your eye just before cutting the corneal flap, which may cause a feeling of pressure, and your vision may dim a little. Using a small blade or specialized cutting laser, your eye surgeon will cut away a tiny hinged flap from the front of your eye.

To reshape the cornea, your surgeon uses a programmed laser, removing a tiny amount of corneal tissue. After reshaping the cornea, the flap is put back into place and usually heals without stitches.

During the surgery, you'll focus on the point of light to help you keep your eye fixed while the laser reshapes your cornea. If you need LASIK surgery in both eyes, doctors will generally perform the procedure on the same day.

Risks

LASIK is an FDA-approved eye surgery with an extensive history of being safe and effective. We evaluate and consult every patient with the utmost care and are careful to recommend LASIK surgery when we find it wholly appropriate. Most patients achieve their desired outcome from LASIK with just one procedure; in rare instances, one eye may need retreatment to optimize visual acuity.

Side effects of LASIK eye surgery, especially dry eyes and temporary visual problems such as glare, are relatively common. These usually resolve after a few months, and very few people consider them to be long-term problems.

Other risks of LASIK surgery include:

  • Undercorrections which are more common for nearsighted people
  • Overcorrections may be more challenging to repair than under corrections
  • Astigmatism can be caused by uneven tissue removal, requiring additional surgery, glasses, or contact lenses
  • Infection and excess tears
  • The outermost corneal tissue layer may grow abnormally underneath the flap during the healing process
  • Regression, or when your vision slowly changes back toward your original prescription
  • Vision loss or changes

Recovery

After surgery, you may feel a mild grittiness or sensation of having an eyelash in the eye. This is a temporary side effect that decreases within a few hours. At home, most patients take over-the-counter pain relief medication to manage comfort. 

Recommendations after LASIK at New York Laser Vision may include:

  • Having someone drive you home from your surgery and to your follow-up appointment. You can drive once the legal vision requirement has been confirmed through a standard eye exam in our office.
  • Keep water out of your eyes at first, but it’s safe to shower starting the day after surgery.
  • You can return to work within two days post-procedure.
  • You may use artificial tears for a few weeks to reduce dry eye, primarily if you routinely use a computer.
  • Avoid wearing eye makeup for the first week after LASIK. To significantly reduce the risk of infection, we suggest buying new mascara and eyeliner rather than using the products used before surgery.
  • Mild exercise may be resumed within a few days, but take care to ensure sweat doesn’t drip into the eyes.
  • You can resume swimming and hot tub use after two weeks.

Why choose us for LASIK?

Our New York Laser Vision practice is committed to providing our patients with excellence in eye care. We strive to give you the best possible results with state-of-the-art equipment, a commitment to continuing education, and the latest techniques.

From routine eye exams to LASIK, Dr. Giyaur provides a caring and compassionate approach to examining and testing her patient’s eyes. Because we believe that patients benefit from learning about their medical condition, a portion of your appointment time is devoted to discussing your eye condition and answering your questions. This approach is why you should choose New York Laser Vision in Manhattan for LASIK.

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FAQ

Is laser vision correction permanent?

LASIK vision correction permanently corrects the vision and removes your prescription. LASIK does not prevent any age-related conditions, such as glaucoma or cataracts, and a laser correction procedure will not affect any previous or future needs.

What will I feel during and after the LASIK procedure?

LASIK is relatively painless, so you will likely only feel slight pressure while we inset a speculum to keep your eye open. After the laser, you may feel some scratchiness, irritation, the sensation of something in the eye, tearing, and some blurry vision. This usually lasts for a few hours. By the following day, most patients achieve excellent vision and feel comfortable.

How can I afford LASIK?

Since health insurances consider LASIK an elective procedure, most do not cover it. However, we offer affordable, interest-free financing through Alphaeon and Care Credit. Our surgical coordinator can help you with your application.

How do I pick the right doctor for a laser vision correction procedure?

A highly qualified board-certified ophthalmologist should only perform LASIK with the proper experience and training and who uses the latest technologies. Dr. Giyaur uses her years of experience and expertise to help you reach your vision goal. We work as a team, meticulously rechecking and double-checking all the measurements and numbers to achieve the best, most comfortable vision results for you.

Can I have LASIK when I'm pregnant?

LASIK is not allowed for women who are pregnant or still nursing. During these times, women’s hormones fluctuate, which can change the cornea's shape.

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