Randal Pham, MD, MS, FACS
Plastic Surgeon & Ophthalmologist located in San Jose, CA
Eyeglasses or contact lenses help correct your vision but after wearing them for a while, you might wish you didn’t have to wear them anymore. LASIK refractive eye surgery at Randal Pham, MD, MS, FACS in San Jose, California, could correct your vision and eliminate the need for glasses or contacts. To find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK, call the office or schedule an appointment for a consultation online.
What is LASIK?
Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is a laser eye surgery to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. While glasses and contact lenses compensate for your eye’s imperfections to improve your vision, LASIK is a refractive surgery that improves the eye’s focusing power. During LASIK, your doctor removes a portion of your eye’s corneal tissue with a laser to reshape the cornea and enable proper focusing of light entering the eye onto the retina for clearer vision.
Am I a good candidate for LASIK?
About 80% of patients are eligible for the LASIK procedure. You’re a good candidate for LASIK if you have:
- Achieved ocular maturity (generally over the age of 18)
- Stable eyesight with an unchanged prescription for at least two consecutive years
- Healthy eyes free of diseases, infections, and injuries
Because LASIK improves vision by reshaping your cornea, you will likely not be a good candidate for the procedure if your cornea is misshapen or too thin, or if you have significant corneal scarring or glaucoma. Dr. Pham measures the thickness of your cornea during your LASIK consultation to determine if the procedure can improve your vision.
Does LASIK eye surgery hurt?
LASIK eye surgery is pain-free during and after the procedure, which takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. Before your eye surgery begins, Dr. Pham uses numbing eye drops to alleviate pain or discomfort. Most patients report feeling pressure on the eyes during LASIK. After the surgery, you’ll experience improved vision without using your contact lenses or eyeglasses immediately after the procedure. Most patients experience clear vision 24 hours after surgery, but you may experience blurred vision and vision fluctuations for several weeks after receiving LASIK until your eyesight stabilizes.
Are LASIK results permanent?
The results of LASIK are permanent for most people. Some people experience changes in the lens inside the eye, which could happen with or without LASIK surgery, and experience the return of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism over time. If you experience blurred vision or eyesight regression after LASIK, a follow-up procedure called LASIK enhancement may restore your vision.
Find out if the LASIK procedure can improve your vision so you can stop wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses daily. Call Dr. Pham or schedule an appointment online today.