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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is LASIK surgery?

LASIK vision correction is a simple procedure that uses the cool beam of the eximer laser to gently remove a tiny amount of corneal tissue, usually less than the thickness of a human hair. This changes the curvature of the front of the eye which allows images to be more sharply focused without corrective lenses.

2. What are nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism? Does LASIK correct all of these?

In a normal eye the light is focused precisely by the cornea and lens on the back of the eye, giving a sharp image. With nearsightedness, the cornea is too steep, causing light to be focused in front of the retina. This makes distant objects appear blurry. Farsightedness occurs when the cornea is too flat or the eye is too short, therefore focusing light behind the retina. This makes objects up close appear blurrier than distant objects. When the cornea is shaped more oblong like a football instead of round like a basketball, astigmatism is present. This causes objects at all distances to appear distorted. Customized LASIK allows correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

3. Why should I choose Akler Eye Center over other facilities?

Dr. Michelle Akler is highly experienced in Detroit LASIK vision correction, having performed over 10,000 LASIK procedures. Dr. Akler will personally perform all of your preoperative and postoperative examinations as well as your LASIK procedure. Dr. Michelle Akler and her highly experienced technical staff use all of the latest technology when evaluating your candidacy for LASIK and performing your procedure. For more information see our comparison of Akler Eye Center versus other LASIK centers.

4. Does LASIK hurt?

Most patients do not feel any discomfort during the procedure. You are given a mild sedative beforehand, and drops are used to numb the eye. There is one 30 second period for each eye where you may feel some pressure. After the numbing wears off, the eyes may feel gritty and irritated for 3 – 4 hours. We recommend that you go home and close your eyes after your procedure to minimize this discomfort.

5. When can I go back to work?

Most patients are able to return to work the following day after their postoperative appointment.

6. Can I go blind from LASIK?

This is one of the commonest fears regarding LASIK. None of my patients have ever lost their vision from LASIK. The risk of serious visual loss from LASIK statistically is 1 in 5,000 to 1 in 10,000 patients.

7. What about my reading vision? Can anything be done to correct that?

People in their mid-40’s and older who have good distance vision in both eyes require reading glasses for near tasks due to a normal aging process in the eye called presbyopia. Presbyopia occurs as the lens inside the eye becomes less flexible with age, causing difficulty focusing up close. Monovision LASIK is a procedure some patients choose which adjusts one eye for distance and the other eye for reading. Dr. Michelle Akler and her technical staff will present this option to you if you are over 45 and are interested in being glasses-free for both distance and near vision.

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