At Goel Vision, we are happy to provide Columbia and other neighboring locations in Maryland with up-to-date LASIK eye surgery at our vision center. We offer LASIK plus 5 other procedures that our surgeon can help you decide what’s best for you.
It’s important to work with a trustworthy and experienced surgeon when choosing a refractive surgery center. Over the past 25 years, our eye surgeon, Dr. Sonny Goel has performed over 100,000 refractive surgery procedures. At each of our two Maryland offices, we provide an individualized experience to help each patient feel at ease before, during, and after the procedure.
You probably have some questions about LASIK and we are here to guide you through the process so you understand the procedure. Read more to discover if LASIK surgery could be the right fit for your eye care needs.
HOW DOES LASIK WORK?
LASIK eye surgery is a type of refractive surgery that is used to correct eye myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. People who are interested in LASIK surgery typically complain about nearsightedness and farsightedness. The cause of these eye problems stems from a misshapen cornea. The surgeon reshapes the cornea by using a state-of-the-art laser. This virtually painless, blade-free procedure uses advanced technology to reshape the cornea and correct your vision. Some people experience mild pressure during the procedure, and some may have mild soreness after. Most people feel very little to no pain and say that the procedure was worth the short amount of time they experienced mild discomfort. At Goel Vision, we use the ZEISS VisuMax laser to make the corneal flap. The reason this is an important differentiator is because the VisuMax laser obtains corneal suction – not scleral suction like the other flap makers. It is much easier to numb the cornea and it is therefore a more comfortable LASIK procedure with Dr. Goel, than with other providers who use a different flap making laser.
After healing, the vast majority of people report that their vision is significantly improved. For most patients, the use of contact lenses and glasses is reduced or completely eliminated.
IS LASIK RIGHT FOR ME?
LASIK is an extremely safe procedure that works well for qualified candidates. It is important to ensure that you meet certain qualifications for the surgery to be a good fit for your eye care needs. You want to make sure that you don’t have any conditions that would make LASIK bad for your health. Generally speaking, people who are right for LASIK surgery are:
- Have fully mature eyes and are over the age of 18. If your eyes are not mature, your prescription could change which would lead to the need for another vision correction surgery.
- In good general health. If you have certain health conditions, it could be unsafe to perform laser eye surgery. Make sure to inform your eye care provider about any chronic and/ or acute health conditions during your consultation. We will discuss any risk factors specific to your health history. Your eyes need to be generally healthy because certain eye conditions or past eye injuries may prohibit you from obtaining LASIK surgery.
- Have a vision correction prescription that is within the range of LASIK surgery. Laser eye surgery might not be the best fit for you if your prescription is too strong because the risks might outweigh the benefits. But don’t worry, Dr. Goel may have other possible solutions for you.
Be sure to ask questions during your consultation to see if laser eye care might be the right fit for you. Our goal is the same as your goal – to give you the best vision possible, the safest way possible. At Goel Vision, we want you to be comfortable and informed throughout the whole process.
WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE YOUR LASIK EYE SURGERY
Prior to receiving LASIK eye surgery, you’ll come into our refractive surgery center for a detailed consultation with your surgeon, Dr. Sonny Goel, regarding your personalized procedure. We’ll discuss your overall health and eye history to find out if LASIK is the right fit for you. We will talk about any concerns and questions you have to help ease your anxiety about the procedure. Once you decide to move forward with the procedure, we’ll start the process of developing the personalized surgical plan that makes the most sense for you.
On the day of the procedure, we ask that you come with a clean face with no makeup and have someone to drive you to and from the office. We also ask that you don’t wear contact lenses for a few days before the procedure. Contact lenses temporarily reshape the cornea which can change the accuracy of the procedure.
We want you to feel at ease during the procedure and we understand that the thought of eye surgery can be somewhat scary. Before undergoing the procedure, you can talk to your doctor about anti-anxiety medications that will help calm you down. You may only feel mild discomfort during the procedure because we use numbing eye drops to fully numb your eyes. We use a diagnostic device specifically made for the Wavelight EX500 excimer laser that will create a 3D map showing your eye surgeon where and how to reshape your cornea.
Your surgeon will have access to your cornea via an incision from a laser. All of our procedures at Goel Vision are blade-free. We create super precise, bladeless incisions that can ultimately shorten your healing time. Once the incision is made and the flap is reflected back, a second laser is used to reshape your cornea. After the laser ablation is performed, your flap will be gently floated back into position and the procedure is complete. It takes less than 15 minutes to perform surgery on both eyes!
After the procedure, it is important that you rest and not touch your eyes to facilitate the natural healing process. You may feel some mild discomfort such as a burning sensation, or the feeling that something is in your eye. We recommend you take a mild analgesic like Motrin or Tylenol when you get home and then take a brief nap. We can answer any questions you may have regarding the healing process.
The Goel Vision Difference
Having eye surgery is not an easy decision to make. When looking for an eye surgeon, it’s important to work with someone you can trust who has an exceptional track record. For over 25 years, Dr. Goel has performed over 100,000 laser eye surgeries and procedures. He is experienced, professional, and in the know on the latest developments for laser eye surgery. At Goel Vision, we give each of our patients’ individualized laser eye care while utilizing the latest technology and techniques.
Call Goel Vision
If you have any questions about refractive eye care, or want to set up a consultation, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. At Goel Vision in Columbia, Maryland, we are excited to give you and your family a personalized and thoughtful eye care experience you deserve.