What to Know Before Getting LASIK at Wang Vision Institute
What is LASIK?
LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is the most popular refractive treatment in the ophthalmology field. At WVI, we were the first team to offer Soft-Touch LASIK in Tennessee, which uses less than ? of the pressure on the eye than traditional LASIK. This provides a more comfortable experience for you and your eyes. LASIK is a life-changing procedure that can take you one step closer to lessening or even eliminating your reliance on prescription glasses.
The procedure typically lasts ten minutes from start to finish. Prior to the treatment, you’ll be given anesthetic eye drops to maximize comfort. A suction device will be placed over the eye to prevent blinking - as the patient, you won’t be able to see it, but simply feel a little pressure on your eye. Once your eye is secured, the Wang Vision Institute team will use their innovative laser to create a very thin corneal flap. This will give them the space to recontour your corneal tissue. When this is finished, they’ll move the flap back to its original position, allowing it to heal on its own with no stitches.
Our surgeons, Dr. Ming Wang and Dr. Josh Frenkel, have successfully performed over 55,000 procedures, including over 4,000 procedures on doctors. Patients know they are in safe hands when they visit our experienced staff.
Who qualifies for LASIK?
As technology advances, more and more men and women are becoming great candidates for this surgery. Even if you’ve been told by another ophthalmologist that you were not a candidate, consider scheduling a consultation with a member of the Wang Vision Institute team. Our advanced treatment options are able to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
In general, patients must be over the age of 18 and have plenty of corneal thickness to be a candidate for this procedure. Also, some eye diseases or medical conditions can impact one’s eligibility, but other procedures, like photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) might still be a viable option.
Almost all individuals who undergo bladeless LASIK will have improved vision within one day. Immediately following surgery, it is best to go directly home and sleep for a few hours. This is crucial because, as time passes and the anesthetic starts to wear off, you could experience some itching and burning. This feeling could create a strong urge to scratch your eyes, which is not recommended.
Most patients have dramatic improvements to their eyesight within the next day, and results will develop and stabilize within the next 2-3 months. Many patients can experience inconsistent clear vision, night vision issues, and light sensitivity as they recover.