Laser in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is a laser surgery that reshapes the cornea to improve vision.
LASIK surgery is the most common laser vision correction procedure, and it can reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. LASIK is used to treat patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
How can I prepare for LASIK surgery?
Before LASIK surgery, you should stop taking certain medications, avoid alcohol and medications that cause drowsiness, and stop wearing contact lenses.
What happens during LASIK surgery?
During LASIK, your Henry Ford surgeon:
- Creates a flap of corneal tissue, which is then folded out of the way
- Uses a laser to reshape the cornea, allowing light rays to focus more precisely on the retina
- Repositions the corneal flap, which acts as a natural bandage and aids in the improvement of one’s vision and rate of recovery
What happens after LASIK surgery
In general, LASIK surgery is not painful. Some patients report feeling mild pressure or vibration during the procedure. After LASIK surgery:
- You may feel eye irritation for a few hours
- Most patients can return to work the day after LASIK surgery
- Most people can see better within seconds after the procedure and have good vision within a day or two after LASIK surgery
- However, your vision may not reach its best level until a few weeks after LASIK surgery
LASIK and other refractive surgeries
In an effort to make vision surgery accessible to more people, Henry Ford offers several financing options for you and your family. This includes accepting the CareCredit® credit card, which may be used to pay for LASIK, PRK and refractive lens exchange.
Eye refractive surgery experts
Henry Ford Ophthalmology is a leader in refractive surgery, using the latest in refractive technology to correct refractive errors. Our expert surgeons will complete a thorough evaluation of your eyes and recommend the procedure we feel is safest and best for your eyes. You can also learn more about laser vision correction by reading our FAQs.
At Henry Ford, patients come first.
The Henry Ford Department of Ophthalmology is committed to providing our patients with compassionate, personalized care. We feature the most advanced treatments in eye care and are dedicated to vision research – always staying at the forefront of innovation. A leader in Michigan, as well as one of the largest ophthalmology practices in the United States, we treat more than 55,000 patients per year at 12 locations throughout southeast Michigan. In addition, our team works closely with Henry Ford Medical Group physicians in other departments, providing multidisciplinary, coordinated care for those patients who need it.