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LASIK Results: What to Expect after Surgery

Side-by-side image of before and after results of laser eye surgery.With advanced technology, the results of LASIK eye surgery are now more predictable than ever. Dr. Paul S. Gulbas and Dr. Mark J. Gallardo at El Paso Eye Surgeons will thoroughly explain the LASIK results you can expect following treatment at their El Paso, TX, practice, including improved vision and minimized side effects. To find out more about LASIK, or to schedule your consultation, contact us today.

About LASIK Surgery

LASIK is the most frequently performed eye surgery for correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. El Paso Eye Surgeons offers blade-free iLASIK, an all-laser procedure. Using a laser instead of a blade minimizes the risk of infection and other complications. 

During iLASIK, the surgeon uses a laser to create a thin flap in the outer layer of the cornea to access the stroma, or inner layer. Next, an excimer laser is used to reshape the stroma, improving the way light focuses on the retina. Finally, the flap is closed. It heals without sutures and acts as a natural bandage for the treatment site following surgery

LASIK Results

LASIK surgery can change your life, especially if you have spent years dealing with glasses or contacts. While LASIK does not eliminate the need for glasses or contacts in every case, all LASIK patients can expect dramatically reduced dependence on corrective eyewear. After surgery, the majority of patients with mild to moderate refractive errors can expect at least 20/40 vision. Many patients achieve perfect vision that lasts for years. However, LASIK does not prevent the natural aging process. Over time, some patients may develop presbyopia, a decrease in the ability to focus on close objects. We offer options for treating age-related farsightedness with procedures such as conductive keratoplasty (CK).   

After Surgery

LASIK surgery is quick and virtually painless. Most patients can resume normal activities the following day. Patients usually experience immediate vision enhancement after surgery, with continued improvement in the next two to three months. We will provide you with post-surgery instructions, and will be available to answer all of your questions during your aftercare.

As with any surgical procedure, LASIK can involve some potential side effects, including dry eyes, halos, and night vision problems. More serious complications can include corneal flap issues, overcorrection, or undercorrection. However, because our advanced technology and our doctors' expertise in refractive surgery, these risks are minimized. Our doctors stress safety above all, and if you are not a candidate for LASIK, we can recommend other vision correction options, such as photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). As a patient, the surest way to achieve excellent results through LASIK or any refractive surgery is to trust your care to an experienced and technologically advanced practice.

Contact Us

If you are interested in LASIK, our experienced specialists are here to help. Dr. Gulbas and Dr. Gallardo have been performing LASIK for more than 15 years, with consistently excellent results. To learn more about how LASIK can provide the results you desire, contact us today and schedule your appointment.

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