Are you interested in experiencing reduced dependence on glasses and contact lenses? Laser vision correction can allow you to experience greater visual freedom! At Cumberland Eye Care, we are dedicated to providing you with options to achieve this goal.

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What is LASIK?

LASIK is a type of refractive surgery that can permanently correct your vision. During LASIK, your LASIK surgeon will use a specialized laser to reshape your cornea. The process of reshaping your cornea will correct your refractive error and allow you to experience the world with greater clarity. LASIK can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. If you have worn glasses for the majority of your life in order to experience clear vision, you likely have a refractive error. After LASIK, you can expect to experience crisp and clear vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses. The LASIK procedure is very safe, effective and boasts a high success rate. Over 96% of patients who have had the procedure are happy with their results!

Although there are many life-changing reasons why someone would choose to have vision correction through LASIK, it’s not the best option for everyone. To determine whether or not LASIK is the best method of vision correction for you, visit your eye doctor at Cumberland Eye Care in Crossville, Tennessee.

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Who Is a Candidate for LASIK?

In order to schedule the LASIK procedure, you must first qualify as a candidate for the procedure. Your eye doctor may have specific qualifications to determine candidacy. Although LASIK is approved for individuals over the age of eighteen, the best time to undergo LASIK is in your twenties. One of the most important factors that your eye doctor will consider when determining whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure is your corneal thickness. In order for your LASIK surgeon to create the flap in your cornea, your cornea must be thick enough. If your cornea is too thin for you to have a safe and successful LASIK procedure, your eye doctor may recommend an alternative procedure that can accomplish your vision goals.

Another important factor your eye doctor will consider is your glasses prescription. It is essential that your glasses prescription is stable for at least a year prior to the procedure. This is to ensure that you experience the best vision results after the procedure. The only way to tell whether or not you may be a candidate for LASIK, or any other permanent vision correction procedure, is to visit your eye doctor at Cumberland Eye Care for an evaluation.

What Happens During Femto LASIK?

Femto LASIK is a procedure where your LASIK surgeon uses a specialized laser, called a femtosecond laser, to assist them in performing the LASIK procedure. During LASIK, the lasers are customized to meet your particular needs. Bladeless LASIK is an advanced, personalized procedure that can allow you to experience visual freedom you have not experienced before. Prior to the LASIK procedure, your LASIK surgeon will instill numbing drops into your eyes to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure.

Next, they will use the Femto laser to create a flap in the top layer of your cornea, the clear dome-like structure at the front of your eye. Once the flap is created, your LASIK surgeon will use another laser to reshape your corneal tissue below this flap to correct your refractive error. Once they have completed this process, your LASIK surgeon will reposition the flap to heal in place during your recovery, and the procedure is done. LASIK is an outpatient procedure, meaning you will get to go home the same day of the procedure.

What to Expect During Recovery From LASIK Surgery?

After the procedure, you will be able to recover for a little while before going home. Since your eyes will need time to adjust, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the procedure.

Prior to going home, your eye doctor will provide you with detailed instructions on how to best recover from the LASIK procedure. This will include abstaining from strenuous activity, avoiding getting water in your eyes, and wearing an eye shield while you sleep.

Your eye doctor may also prescribe you eye drops to use during your recovery to help promote healing and avoid complications. It is essential that you take these drops as prescribed in order to make sure you have the best results. To find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK surgery take our LASIK Self-Test.

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What Is SMILE?

SMILE is a newer method of laser refractive surgery. SMILE stands for small incision lenticule extraction. Like LASIK, during SMILE, your eye surgeon uses a laser to reshape your cornea and correct nearsightedness. Instead of creating a flap, like in LASIK, your eye doctor will use a laser to sculpt a disc-shaped piece of tissue out of your cornea, called a lenticule, during SMILE.

Next, they will use the laser to make a small incision in your cornea to remove the tiny disc. Once this disc is removed, your cornea will be reshaped, which will correct your vision.

Who Is a Candidate for SMILE?

The most significant difference between SMILE and other types of refractive surgery, like LASIK, is that SMILE will only correct vision in people with nearsightedness or nearsightedness with astigmatism. So if you are farsighted, SMILE will not be able to help improve your vision.

To qualify as a candidate for SMILE, it is important that your eyes are in good health and that you have reasonable expectations of what SMILE can provide you. Certain people will not be good candidates for SMILE. SMILE may not be suitable for you if you are pregnant or nursing, if you have an unstable glasses prescription, or if you have certain health conditions like uncontrolled diabetes. To determine if you are a candidate for SMILE, visit your eye doctor at Cumberland Eye Care for an evaluation.

Refractive surgery is not one size fits all. However, there are many options that can help nearly everyone accomplish their vision goals. Are you interested in learning more about your refractive surgery options? Schedule an evaluation at Cumberland Eye Care in Crossville, TN, today!

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