Myopia or nearsightedness is the most common refractive error caused by an abnormal curvature of the cornea. This results in alterations to your visual acuity, thus decreasing your ability to see distant objects. Besides prescription eyeglasses, laser surgery is one of the recommended ways to manage this condition.
Laser eye surgery involves using a laser device to reshape and flatten the cornea. This facilitates light bending in your eyes and consequently improving your vision. Our eye doctors in Brooklyn, NY provide some ways to prepare for your laser eye surgery.
Before any intervention, we perform a thorough eye exam. This allows us to confirm that the laser eye surgery is appropriate for your condition. We will evaluate the shape and thickness of your cornea, severity of the refractive error, and presence of any other conditions.
We will also note any medications that you’re taking that may affect the procedure. We may advise you to stop wearing contact lenses for some time before the procedure as they can alter your cornea’s shape.
We recommend arranging for transportation to and from your surgery as you may experience blurring of vision immediately after the procedure.
A hallmark of our quality Park Slope eye care is that we consider your comfort and safety throughout the process. We will apply local anesthetic drops on your eyes to prevent pain during the procedure. We may also administer anti-anxiety medications to keep you relaxed.
We will then position your eye under the laser. Our expert surgeon will mark the cornea before creating the flap. We may also apply a suction ring to prevent eye movements. After creating the corneal flap, we will ask you to focus on a target area. Meanwhile, the laser directs light to your eye, reshaping your cornea.
Immediately after, you may feel a burning sensation on your eye. You may also notice blurred vision, which should stabilize and improve within the next few days. We advise refraining from strenuous activities to allow healing of your eye and prevent trauma.
We may ask you to return the following day for your initial followup. This is to evaluate your uncorrected visual acuity. As with any other procedure, Park Slope Eye notes that family eye care includes adherence to prescribed medications and care instructions.
For any further questions on laser eye surgery, call us at (347) 380-7070. You may also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.