More than 600,000 Americans choose LASIK eye surgery each year to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Michael Matthews, OD is an experienced optometrist who specializes in pre- and post-operative care for LASIK surgery candidates at Midway Optometry in Point Loma, San Diego, CA. He can evaluate your eyes and determine if you’re a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery. If you’ve wondered what it would be like to see clearly without glasses or contacts, call the office or schedule an appointment online today. We serve patients in the surrounding San Diego area including Point Loma and Loma Portal
LASIK Eye Surgery Q & A
What is LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK stands for “laser-assisted in-situ keratomileuses” and is the most commonly performed eye surgery for men and women with nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism (a problem with the shape of your eye).
LASIK eye surgery uses a laser to reshape your cornea so your eyes can focus clearly without glasses or contacts to correct your vision. It’s painless and typically takes about 15-20 minutes. Many men and women notice a significant improvement in their vision within 24 hours of the procedure.
Am I a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery?
Dr. Matthews can determine if you’re a good candidate for LASIK surgery. He thoroughly evaluates your eye health and overall health history and conditions to decide if you can benefit. He also considers any factors that may affect the results, if your eyeglass or contact prescription is stable, and if you’re healthy enough to undergo surgery.
The best candidates for LASIK surgery include men and women who:
- Have mild to moderate near- or farsightedness
- Have astigmatism in one or both eyes
- Are in good overall health
- Can lie flat without difficulty or discomfort during the procedure
- Would like to depend less (or not at all) on contacts and glasses
- Have realistic expectations about the outcome
Dr. Matthews explains the benefits and risks of LASIK and refers you to a LASIK surgery clinic he works with regularly. The surgery center also performs advanced testing to determine your eligibility. Dr. Matthews and his team are your partners through each step, from preparation for surgery to post-operative follow-up care.
What happens after my LASIK surgery?
Follow-up appointments with Dr. Matthews typically begin the day after your LASIK procedure. You continue visiting Dr. Matthews over the next six months at regularly scheduled intervals so that he can monitor your vision and eye health. At the one-year mark, Dr. Matthews performs a full exam to determine the long-term results of your LASIK surgery.
To learn more and find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK eye surgery, schedule an appointment online or call the office.