Laser Vision Correction Including Lasik
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Live confidently with laser vision correction, available through Avera Marshall Southwest Ophthalmology. Dr. Curtis Louwagie offers a full range of eye services, from management of eye conditions to corrective eye surgery. He and his team use the latest techniques to help improve eyesight for people.
Choosing the best laser vision correction will depend on your eyes. Free screening consultations are available with a technician who can help you identify your best options for Lasik procedures.
If the consultation reveals that you may be a candidate for Lasik, a full comprehensive exam from an ophthalmologist will be done, where all options will be discussed, including premium implant options. If your doctor does not recommend Lasik, he will work with you to determine what is the right method for your vision correction. Lasik is just one option for vision correction.
About Laser Correction
Glasses and contacts used to be the only options available to correct refractive conditions. With advances in excimer lasers and surgical procedures there are now other options available to correct vision problems. Lasik, IntraLase, PRK, CK and IOLs are just a few of the choices you have. It is important to find the procedure that is best for your specific eye situation. An ophthalmologist can work with you to determine what laser correction is the best for you.
Lasik is most often used for patients that are nearsighted (myopic), farsighted (hyperopic) or have astigmatism. Patients must have stable eye health, without significant changes in their prescription. Patients must be at least 18 years old. The patient should not have cataract formation (common in older adults). If certain eye diseases are present, that person may not be a candidate for lasik surgery.
What To Expect
Typically, it takes about 10 minutes per eye. Anesthetic drops are administered prior to the procedure. A laser creates a flap on the cornea and sculpts the cornea’s surface to the desired shape to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. The flap is put back in position to heal. Most patients report little discomfort during or after the procedure. There may irritation for the first couple of hours after surgery, and vision is typically blurry. But within a few hours the vision begins to clear and irritation subsides.
Most patients return to work within a day or two. Swimming, hot tub and sauna use should be avoided for a couple of weeks. And, active sports should be limited for two weeks while the eye fully heals.
LASIK is a permanent procedure. For some people, an enhancement procedure may need to be done at a later date, because of changes in the eye over time, just like with glasses or contact lenses.
At your exam with the ophthalmologist, the best options for the procedure will be discussed with you, including fees. Fees depend on the type of procedure and whether or not you would benefit from a premium intraocular lens implant (IOL). Most insurance companies do not cover Lasik, although some companies allow it to be part of a flex plan. Patients should inquire with their insurance representatives to determine benefits and coverage.