Refractive laser eye surgery is a common procedure undergone by people wanting to correct their vision and do away with glasses or contact lenses. It improves the overall refractive ability of the eyes and has been found to be effective in managing conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. If you are a patient in New York who thinks that refractive laser eye surgery is for you, then contact Manhattan Ophthalmology Associates and book an appointment with Dr. Spencer Sherman who is sure to be able to walk you through the process and guide you through a strategy that will be tailor fit to your individual needs from start to finish.
The most widely used type of refractive laser eye surgery is the laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis or what we commonly know as Lasik Eye surgery. The ophthalmologist will also use a microkeratome laser to make an incision on the cornea so that the underlying corneal stroma can be reshaped or remodeled according to the requirements of the patient’s condition. After the cornea has been reshaped, the Lasik flap is put back in place and allowed to heal naturally.
Patients will also be guided through their post-operative care following successful refractive laser eye surgery. Usually, an antibiotic regimen as well as anti-inflammatory medication will be prescribed, to manage the healing phase of the procedure. Patients are also advised to rest, protect their eyes from excessive brightness, avoid rubbing, and also moisturize the area to promote rapid healing. Regular follow up appointments with the doctor is also highly encouraged so that the progress of the healing process may be monitored efficiently.