It’s back to school time! We’re getting into the spirit of the season with a little LASIK-themed pop quiz. Read on to test your knowledge.
True or False?
Astigmatism prevents me from being a candidate for LASIK.
False. Laser vision correction is a superior treatment for astigmatism. With astigmatism, the cornea has a slightly different surface curvature in one direction or the other. Today’s advanced laser technology eliminates astigmatism by reshaping the cornea, a permanent change.
I’ve only been wearing readers for a few years and I’m still a good candidate for a procedure.
Correct! For individuals just starting to wear reading glasses after a life without glasses, this can be a very frustrating time. Anyone in this situation could be a candidate for any of the 6 different procedures performed at Durrie Vision, including Blended Vision LASIK, KAMRA vision and Refractive Lens Exchange, which improve vision at all ranges – near, far, and in between.
Laser Vision Correction wears off over time.
False. LASIK is a permanent change to the cornea, the surface of the eye. The corneal procedure addresses nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Natural vision changes occur later in life due to the normal aging of the lens inside the eye, a condition called Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome (DLS).
LASIK causes severe dry eye.
False. The American Academy of Ophthalmology completed a research study on this topic in 2012. Results of the study found dry eye “to be minimal and temporary, returning to the preoperative baseline by 12 months” post-operatively.
Recovery from LASIK is quick.
True. With the most modern technology, LASIK has a short recovery period. A patient will need a driver on the day of surgery, but the majority of our patients are able to return to work and regular activities as early as the next day.