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Your Questions About LASIK Vision Answered

Your Questions About LASIK Vision Answered

Any type of surgery or procedure is bound to produce questions and concerns from prospective patients. LASIK is no different. While the benefits of LASIK have long been studied and confirmed, you still may have some questions before you undergo the procedure. Talking to your eye doctor or ophthalmologist is always a smart move, but before you make an appointment, here are some of the most common questions about LASIK answered.

What Is the Optimal Age to Get LASIK?

While some patients have received LASIK in their early 20s all the way up into their 60s, the optimal age for LASIK is between 25 and 45. At age 25, your vision has stabilized, which carries on until your 40s. After that, you may still be a viable candidate, but some patients may suffer from presbyopia — the loss of elasticity in the eye. If you have a mild case, you still may be eligible, but you should consult your doctor.

How Long Is the Recovery Process?

In most cases, patients who undergo LASIK are almost entirely recovered with 24 to 48 hours. Some patients may take as long as five days to recover, as they may experience halos and slight blurs until the eyes heal.

How Successful Is LASIK?

According to studies, between 96% and 99% of LASIK patients enjoy 20/20 vision within 24 hours to a week after the procedure. The minority of patients may have slightly less clarity, but less than 1% suffer serious complications or see no difference after LASIK.

Dr. Alexandra Chebil has performed over 70,000 procedures at her private practice in Orange County.  Patients have experienced excellence in Lasik vision correction with a fast recovery and a more enjoyable lifestyle without glasses or contact lenses.

Is LASIK Painful?

Although intuition would point to pain as part of the procedure, most LASIK patients don’t feel a thing. Before the surgery begins, the surgeon puts numbing drops in your eyes, which prevents you from feeling much of anything. Most patients report nothing more than a bit of pressure during LASIK.

What Are Some of the Side Effects of LASIK?

Although most patients have no side effects from LASIK, you may have temporary issues. These are often mild and consist of:

  • Halos or starbursts, most commonly during driving
  • Dry or itchy eyes
  • Inflammation
  • In rare cases, an infection

Again, you probably won’t have any of these, but noting possible side effects can help you stay calm or know when to schedule a follow-up appointment.

When Can I Resume Physical Activity?

If you’re a runner or you enjoy team sports, LASIK shouldn’t sideline you for all that long. Jogging or running can resume within about 48 to 72 hours. If you’re a swimmer, you can hop back in the pool in roughly a week. Contact sports require the longest wait, and you’ll need to recuperate for about a month before engaging in basketball, soccer, and other team sports.

Talk To Dr. Alexandra Chebil Today

These questions and answers should give the knowledge and insight to decide whether LASIK is the right move for you. So whether you’re all but certain you want to undergo LASIK or you’re still on the fence, give us a call to book a private appointment with Dr. Alexandra Chebil.