Laser eye surgery 一 also known as laser vision correction or refractive surgery 一 uses laser technology to correct refractive errors and improve your vision.
When considering laser eye surgery, it's crucial to be well-informed and prepared for the procedure. That starts with an initial consultation at Maryland Eye Care Center.
To ensure you have all the information you need, here are five questions to ask during your consultation.
What laser eye surgery options are available?
Your eye care specialist at Maryland Eye Care Center can provide insights into procedures like LASIK, PRK, or RLE, explaining their differences, benefits, and suitability for your unique needs.
LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis)
LASIK is a popular laser eye surgery that reshapes your cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. LASIK can lead to rapid visual improvement. About 8 in 10 people who undergo LASIK don’t need to wear their glasses or contacts for most activities.
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy)
PRK is a laser eye surgery that reshapes your cornea's surface without creating a corneal flap (as with LASIK). That makes it suitable for individuals with thinner corneas or who aren't candidates for LASIK.
RLE (refractive lens exchange)
RLE, also known as clear lens extraction, involves replacing your eye's natural lens with an artificial one to correct refractive errors. It’s often recommended for individuals with high prescriptions or presbyopia.
Am I a good candidate for laser eye surgery?
During your consultation, you and your Maryland Eye Care Center provider discuss the eligibility criteria, including factors like your prescription strength, corneal thickness, and overall eye health. Understanding your candidacy early in the process is crucial.
What are the risks and potential complications?
Laser eye surgery is generally safe and effective, but it’s not without risks. Common side effects include dry eyes, halos, and nighttime glare; potential complications include infections. During your consultation, ask about your specific risks and how they can be minimized or managed.
How should I prepare for surgery?
Follow all preoperative instructions, including:
- All necessary medication adjustments
- Contact lens removal (you may need to stop wearing contacts prior to surgery)
- Fasting requirements
Additionally, refrain from wearing makeup on the day of your surgery and arrive in comfortable clothing.
What can I expect during the recovery process?
Understanding the recovery process can help you manage expectations and ease any pre-op jitters. Ask about your recovery timeline, any restrictions on activities, and when you should see improvements in your vision. You should expect to take a few days off of work as you heal.
Also ask about pain management during your recovery process, what you can expect, and how discomfort can be remedied.
To get started with your consultation, call the location closest to you 一 Silver Spring or Hyattsville, Maryland 一 or book your consultation online today.