Precise LASIK Surgery Performed with State-of-the-art Technology
Dr. Sonny Goel, MD, specializes in advanced LASIK surgery at his Baltimore, MD-area practice. Using expertise and the latest technology, he can minimize your need for corrective eyewear with minimal risk and discomfort. During your consultation, he will determine which type of LASIK is best suited to your needs, and after surgery will provide complete instructions for follow-up care.
What Is LASIK and Is It Right for You?
LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) is a popular and highly successful procedure that can help patients suffering with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. All of these conditions are known as refractive errors, or errors in the way our eyes process light. In a healthy eye, light passes through the cornea, the dome-shaped front surface of the eye, and then through the pupil and lens. These work together to focus light onto the retina in the back of the eye. The retina sends signals through the optic nerve, allowing the brain to perceive images.
When a distorted corneal shape bends the rays of light incorrectly, it results in difficulty focusing. During LASIK, Dr. Goel will correct the shape of the cornea to improve your ability to focus.
What to Expect during Your Surgical Procedure
Before LASIK, Dr. Goel will use eye drops to numb your eyes so that you feel comfortable throughout the procedure. Next, he will create a hinged flap in your outer corneal tissue, exposing the stroma, or inner layer. At Dr. Goel’s office, we offer blade-free iLASIK surgery, which involves the use a state-of-the-art femtosecond laser to create this flap with greater precision and minimal risks when compared to the traditional approach that uses a blade.
Using an excimer laser, Dr. Goel will carefully remove tiny amounts of corneal tissue, reshaping the cornea. When he has achieved the desired results, he will replace the flap. No stitches are needed.
LASIK Recovery and Aftercare
LASIK is an extremely safe procedure that involves minimal side effects. To ensure the smoothest recovery possible, Dr. Goel will provide detailed post-surgical instructions. You should get plenty of rest for the first 24 hours. Avoid straining your eyes by reading, watching TV, or using the computer. Most patients are usually able to go back to work after this initial recovery period. Your vision may be a bit blurry, and your eyes could be slightly inflamed or dry. These symptoms will typically go away within a few days, and Dr. Goel can give you eyedrops to minimize discomfort. Patients report improvements within days, though in some cases it may take up to six months to see the final results of your treatment.
For the first week or two after the procedure, you should avoid:
- Rubbing your eyes
- Wearing eye make-up
- Exposure to dust, debris, smoke, facial creams, water, and soap
Dr. Goel will schedule a follow-up appointment for you within 24 to 48 hours after the procedure to ensure that your eyes are healing properly. During your recovery, it is vital that you keep these appointments so that Dr. Goel can monitor your recovery, look for any adverse side effects, and tell you when you can return to your normal activities.
Contact Us for More Information
To learn more about LASIK surgery and whether it can help you achieve clearer vision, contact Dr. Goel’s office today and schedule your first appointment. He will help you understand every step of this procedure to you can feel informed in your decision to pursue refractive surgery.