Lasik Q & A

What is LASIK?

Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is one of the most popular refractive eye surgeries. During the procedure, a LASIK surgeon uses a special laser to reshape your cornea and correct your vision issues.

LASIK is often used to correct:

  • Nearsightedness

  • Farsightedness

  • Astigmatism

After LASIK surgery, most people enjoy clear vision and no longer need to wear glasses or contact lenses. Though vision is restored immediately following LASIK surgery, your vision may not be clear until 2-3 months after your LASIK eye surgery.

Dr. Kirschen does not perform LASIK surgery himself, however, he offers LASIK co-management and works closely with your LASIK surgeon to help you get the best possible eye care and results from your procedure.

What is LASIK co-management?

With LASIK co-management, Dr. Kirschen provides your pre- and post-op LASIK eye care. More importantly, because Dr. Kirschen is your optometrist and your primary eye care provider, he understands your vision needs and eye health. If you’re considering LASIK eye surgery, he can help you determine if it makes the best option for you. 

What happens during my pre-op LASIK co-management visit?

Before undergoing LASIK eye surgery, Dr. Kirschen conducts a comprehensive eye exam to assess your eye health and vision.

During your pre-op LASIK appointment, Dr. Kirschen evaluates your eyes to look for signs of infection, inflammation, dry eyes, large pupils, and an abnormally high eye pressure. He also uses advanced diagnostic tools to measure your cornea, including its shape, thickness, contours, and irregularities. 

Dr. Kirschen also reviews the details of the procedure with you, including how to prepare, what to expect during the procedure, and what happens after. He also reviews the risks and benefits of LASIK surgery.

What happens during my post-op LASIK co-management visits?

During your LASIK co-management post-op visits, Dr. Kirschen monitors your healing and assesses your visual acuity. The frequency of your follow-ups may depend on your specific needs, but generally, you can expect to see Dr. Kirschen a week after your procedure and then again about 3 weeks later.

During your early appointments, he reviews your medical history and performs various tests to assess your vision and healing. Your next follow-up appointments are one month and three months post-op.

At your three-month appointment, Dr. Kirschen conducts a comprehensive eye exam to assess your eye health and vision.

To schedule a LASIK consultation at Customized Vision Care, call the office or book an appointment online today.