Do you struggle with poor vision? Do you want to shed your glasses? Are you tired of contact lenses? University Eye Specialists physicians are experienced and well-trained ophthalmologists who have helped thousands of Knoxville area patients achieve excellent vision. LASIK procedures are done at Tennessee Valley Laser Center.
What is LASIK Eye Surgery?
Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is a non-invasive surgery that uses a laser to reshape the cornea. Prior to LASIK, University Eye Specialists will conduct tests to precisely determine the details of your procedure. The corneal tissue will be reshaped so that images focus correctly on the retina with the creation of a thin flap that will bond to the cornea.
The surgery does not require stitches, and recovery occurs naturally with minimal discomfort. Antibiotic and steroid drops are used for one week to ensure proper healing. Artificial tears also will be used to ensure the cornea stays smooth and lubricated while healing.
See if you are a good candidate for LASIK with our self-test.
What does LASIK Correct?
Nearsighted people see clearly up close, but objects that are farther away often appear blurry. A surgeon will determine your level of nearsightedness, also known as myopia, to determine the best course of action.
Farsighted people can see distant objects but struggle with things that are closer. Also known as hyperopia, this condition can be addressed by LASIK.
Astigmatism is the result of an irregular curvature of the cornea, which distort images viewed on the retina. This condition can be addressed by LASIK.
LASIK vs. Lens
LASIK eliminates the need for glasses and contacts. Glasses can interfere with side vision and also can be scratched, cumbersome, broken or lost. Contacts must be maintained daily and can cause irritation for some users.
Most patients enjoy a higher quality of life after LASIK, such as better night vision in cases of myopia, being able to swim and enjoy water outings more freely and enjoying sports and other physical activities with significantly improved vision.
What Happens at Consultation?
During your initial LASIK screening, we thoroughly examine your eyes. The consultation includes a detailed medical and eye history and the performance of several tests, including:
- Corneal topography and thickness
- Dry eye
- Visual acuity and refractive error
- Visual field
- Pupil size/light reaction
- Ocular pressure
- General eye health
What are the Benefits of LASIK?
- Elimination and/or decreased dependency of glasses or contacts
- Better experience with activities like sports and travel
- Clear vision at all times, especially upon waking
Scheduling LASIK Evaluations and Determining Cost
A complete eye exam must be conducted before LASIK, as the procedures can vary depending on the condition of your eyes. Financing options are available through CareCredit. Call University Eye Specialists at 865-244-2020 for information.