LASIK Near Birmingham, AL

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what is LASIK?

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is the surgical reshaping of the cornea — the clear coating over the eyeball. Most vision problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, are directly related to the shape of the cornea. As light passes through the cornea, it is focused by the eye's lens and then hits the retina so the image can be translated into nerve pulses that the brain can understand. When the cornea is misshaped, the light cannot be focused properly on the retina. LASIK surgery fixes that problem so you can see clearly without corrective lenses. Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Young H. Choi is excited to offer LASIK with the Zeiss VisuMax® femtosecond laser for a blade-free technique and optimal precision. If you'd like to restore your eyesight and are considering LASIK surgery, reach out to Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center in Vestavia Hills, AL to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Choi today. We have helped countless men and women in the Greater Birmingham area and look forward to serving you so you can enjoy your best vision yet. 

What is the ZEISS VisuMax?

Many patients often hesitate to turn to LASIK due to its perception as being an uncomfortable and lengthy operation. However, the Zeiss VisuMax femtosecond laser is an innovative laser system known for its combination of comfort, precision, and speed. Our practice is the only provider in the state of Alabama where you'll find this cutting-edge technology designed specifically to make your experience as pleasant as possible.

who is a good Candidate for lasik?

Only a trained ophthalmologist, like Dr. Choi, will be able to confirm whether a patient is a good candidate for LASIK; however, there are a handful of basic guidelines that are relevant to most people. Individuals must be at least 18 years old and have ample corneal thickness. It's also important to note that some eye conditions or other medical concerns may influence a patient's eligibility for LASIK, such as dry eyes and diabetes. During your initial consultation, Dr. Choi will be able to assess your ocular health and determine if LASIK is right for you.

how is lasik performed?

At Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center, LASIK is performed with state-of-the-art VisuMax femtosecond laser technology to provide optimal accuracy and safety. This is considered an outpatient procedure that takes about 30 minutes to complete. First, Dr. Choi will numb the eyes with a special solution and then place a ring-shaped device on top of the eye to prevent blinking. Then, Dr. Choi will use the VisuMax laser to create a small flap in the outer coating of the eye (cornea). He will then gently fold the flap back and use the laser to correct the shape of the cornea. When this is finished, he will place the corneal flap back into position to allow it to heal naturally. Most patients do not experience any pain or discomfort during LASIK surgery and are often very pleased with their results. 

what to expect after surgery

As the anesthetic wears off, patients will start to feel grittiness in their eyes, along with some stinging. These sensations result in a severe desire to blink or rub the eyes, which is particularly dangerous right after surgery. Taking a long nap is the most effective way to help rest and protect the eyes during the first few hours of recovery. 

LASIK surgery has a 96% success rate, which means most patients will experience clearer vision almost immediately afterward. However, some patients may experience hazy vision for the first 24 hours. In general, vision is noticeably better by the next day, and the corneas will continue to heal over the next 7 – 14 days. Most individuals will have bouts of blurry vision, difficulty seeing at night, and sensitivity to light throughout their recovery processes. These side effects are to be expected and will dissipate as your eyes heal. In addition, an antibiotic and moisturizing eye drops are often prescribed to help with optimal healing. Dr. Choi will also have you return to our office for one or more follow-up visits so he can monitor your progress.

How much does LASIK cost?

The cost of LASIK will depend on the severity of your refractive error and how significantly the cornea needs to be reshaped. Our office offers bladeless LASIK surgery, which will also affect the price. During your initial consultation, our team can provide an estimate of your costs and discuss all of your payment options. It's also important to note that most insurance plans do not cover the cost of LASIK since it is considered an elective surgery. However, our office accepts most major credit cards and CareCredit. 

LASIK FAQs

How long does LASIK vision correction last?
For the majority of patients, the distance correction is mostly permanent, however, due to natural aging, you can expect some age-related changes to your vision even if you have had a successful LASIK procedure.

Is the LASIK procedure safe?
Dr. Choi is a highly trained ophthalmologist having performed countless successful ocular surgeries. His expertise and attention to detail ensure you receive unmatched care and support during and after your LASIK procedure. The LASIK procedure itself is widely considered safe and has a very low rate of complications (~1%). Common side effects such as glare, haziness, or dry eye are temporary and often go away within weeks of the procedure during the healing process.

How long does the LASIK procedure take?
The LASIK procedure itself only takes about 10 minutes per eye, but you should make plans to be in Dr. Choi's office for about an hour and a half on the day of your surgery.

Does the LASIK procedure hurt?
Prior to the LASIK procedure, Dr. Choi will numb your eyes with anesthetic drops. During the procedure, you may feel a slight pressure around your eyes. While your eyes may feel a little irritated or gritty which may cause you to blink more after the procedure, most patients are surprised at how easy and painless the actual LASIK procedure is.

How soon can I resume normal activities after LASIK?
Most patients are able to return to normal activities 24 - 48 hours after LASIK surgery - with some minor restrictions. Dr. Choi will advise you on how to best recover, but often restrictions will include avoiding swimming, contact sports, strenuous exercise, and limiting computer screen time.

restore your Vision Today

Recent developments in LASIK technology are enabling more men and women to receive the corrective eye surgery they need. If you were told in the past that you weren't eligible for LASIK, schedule an evaluation at Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center to find out whether that's still true. We are eager to provide our Vestavia Hills and Birmingham, AL patients their best vision.

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