LASIK co-management is a good idea because it involves having a plan for both post-operative and pre-operative care for patients having LASIK surgery. At our Staten Island eye surgery offices, we’ll first evaluate your eyes before surgery and determine the proper course of treatment. A pre-operative evaluation helps us determine your candidacy for refractive surgery and other issues that can arise and makes us better equipped to deal with things as they come. We’re the offices of Dr. Raymond Helfand and we’re here to help you in any way we can.
The LASIK procedure is quite simple. During your Staten Island eye surgery we will use an instrument called a microkeratome to create a flap in the cornea. The flap is folded back and some of the corneal tissue removed in a very precise manner. The cornea is then reshaped in order to focus light properly onto the retina and provide clear vision. LASIK is good for both nearsighted and farsighted patients and also for those with astigmatism. The astigmatism is fixed by smoothing the irregular cornea into a more normal shape.
LASIK allows patients to see clearly and without the aid of corrective lenses after. A medical evaluation is also necessary to determine the health of the eye and cornea. If you are cleared as a candidate for LASIK, we will consult with you before your Staten Island eye surgery and then after the surgery. This includes doctor’s office visits to ensure that the site of surgery is healing, and the evaluation of the vision correction needed after surgery. Some patients may need the use of eyeglasses afterwards. LASIK is popular with many patients because it allows us to help you achieve good vision in a short period of time. Most patients go home after the short 15 minute procedure and are seeing normally by the next day.