Most people are aware that LASIK surgery is a procedure that aims to restore a person’s efficient vision. However, some of its aspects are still unknown to most people. As such, here are the answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions regarding LASIK surgery:
Am I eligible for LASIK surgery?
Ideally, you must be above 18 years of age at the time of the procedure. Some practitioners prefer patients at least 21 years of age. The age restriction is set because the eyes continue to grow and change throughout most of one’s teenage years, which can affect the long-term effectiveness of LASIK surgery.
Your eyes should also be free of any infections, diseases, and structural abnormalities. A quick eye exam can determine your eligibility for LASIK surgery.
How long is the procedure?
The procedure itself will take roughly 15-20 minutes. However, expect to be in your doctor’s office for about two hours as you will be prepped for the procedure and briefed about your recovery. Be sure to have someone drive you home after the surgery.
How long does the recovery period take?
Your eyes heal quickly after LASIK surgery. In some cases, vision begins to return completely within a few hours. Sometimes, your vision will correct itself a day after. However, your doctor may require you to follow several precautions for a week or two after the procedure to prevent infections.