LASIK eye surgery has been around since 1991 and still remains the go-to treatment for restoring 20/20 vision. It’s safe and effective and can be performed in an in-office setting. That being said, it’s still a surgical procedure, and like most types of surgery, there’s a process that must be followed to ensure the best outcome.
So how many sessions does LASIK take? This can vary from person to person. Your surgeon will work hand-in-hand with your optometrist from the very first eye exam to the last day of post-op care. Read on as a Broomfield, CO optometrist discusses the LASIK co-management treatment process and the types of sessions that take place along the way.
LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, which is a technical term for laser eye surgery. This procedure is designed to correct abnormalities in the cornea that cause certain eye conditions, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
A misshapen cornea misdirects incoming light and images, causing them to land in front of the retina instead of directly on the retina. This causes objects to appear blurry. A LASIK procedure reshapes the cornea, so light and images can land on the retina.
The LASIK co-management process encompasses all the sessions required to prepare for the procedure, perform the procedure, and provide post-op care. Two doctors -an optometrist and an ophthalmologist or eye surgeon- coordinate your treatment from start to finish.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the sessions that make up the LASIK co-management process:
As you can see, the number of sessions you’ll need will vary depending on how you respond to the surgery and how quickly you heal.
With LASIK co-management, optometrists typically work exclusively with one or more ophthalmologists. This makes it easier to coordinate the process and allows for a smooth flow of information between doctors. Also, the optometrist will be responsible for obtaining the eye measurements that will be used as a guide during the surgery so be sure to choose an optometrist that’s experienced in LASIK co-management.
If you have more questions or wish to schedule a consultation, please feel free to call our Broomfield, CO optometry office today.