Since LASIK surgery was introduced in 1992, more than eight million Americans have received this vision correction surgery. It was developed in response to the needs of people who disliked wearing glasses or contacts or whose active lifestyle made wearing them impractical. LASIK surgery can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, and it can free you from dependence on glasses or contacts. At St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute in Largo, FL, our LASIK equipment is the most advanced in the industry, and our eminently qualified physicians are among the most trusted in the Tampa Bay area. It’s little wonder that we have a 100% success rate with LASIK.

If you wear glasses or contacts and are wondering if LASIK is right for you, it would be helpful to first understand exactly what the procedure involves.

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How Is LASIK Performed?

LASIK stands for laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis. In everyday language, this means that a highly specialized laser is used to reshape the cornea, which is the clear covering over the iris and pupil. The procedure changes the refractive characteristics of the eye in the same way that glasses and contacts do—by enabling light entering the eye to be properly focused onto the retina. The result? Markedly improved vision. In fact, many patients achieve 20/15 vision or better.

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What Should You Expect From LASIK Surgery?

LASIK surgery takes only about 20 minutes for both eyes. Recovery time is also fast. Typically, patients can expect improved vision—without glasses or contacts—immediately after the procedure. Many patients are able to drive within a week, with vision continuing to improve and stabilize over the next three to six months.

Is LASIK Safe?

The complication rate for LASIK surgery is extremely low, making it one of the safest surgical procedures. It’s also pain free, but you may feel a temporary burning or itching sensation immediately afterward. To reduce inflammation and ensure a smooth recovery, your doctor will likely recommend that you use eye drops regularly for a period of time following surgery.

What Is Epi-LASIK?

Epi-LASIK is a state-of-the-art, updated version of LASIK that has been shown to result in more stable healing of the cornea and better long-term results. St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute offers epi-LASIK to some patients who are not good candidates for LASIK.

As with any surgery, the physician’s skills and experience are critical factors in achieving the best results. At St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute, our experience runs deep. We’re a family-owned and -operated eye-care clinic that has been serving the Tampa Bay area for more than 50 years. Our leading ophthalmologist, Dr. John Michaelos, is one of the most experienced and prominent corneal specialists in Largo. If you would like more information about LASIK or Epi-LASIK surgery at St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute, contact us today.