Are You Fit for a Flap?

The 1960’s was definitely a decade to remember. Some major events in history occurred, including the first man on the moon, Vietnam, and Woodstock. Probably the most tragic and memorable were the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

At the same time all of this was going on, surgery for the correction of vision was being developed and as early as the 1970’s, surgeries were being done regularly to correct vision. Radial Keratotomy, or (RK), spread throughout the U.S. in the late 1970’s. In Radial Keratotomy, incisions are made in the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism. Radial Keratotomy led the way for other procedures, including LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis).

Lasik involves a small precision surgical instrument with an oscillating blade to create a corneal “flap.” Then an excimer laser is used to remove corneal tissue, reshaping the front of the eye to correct the patient’s vision. Finally, the flap is placed back into its original position. More recently, an Intralase laser using an infrared beam of light can be used to create the flap, making this part of the procedure more accurate and with fewer complications.

Determining a patient’s candidacy for laser corrective eye surgery involves many considerations. The lasik consultation generally involves a review of the patient’s medical history and a thorough eye exam. Tests performed include tests for eye diseases, measurements of visual acuity, the cornea, pupil and contrast sensitivity. Prescriptions are also determined with great accuracy to achieve a good result with LASIK. It is important to discontinue soft contact lens wear at least two weeks before the evaluation and hard contact lens wear at least four weeks before the LASIK evaluation.

Once the patient is determined to be a LASIK candidate and all necessary tests and measurements are done, a surgery date is set. The day before surgery the patient should stop using make up, lotions, creams, and perfumes. Also prior to surgery, the patient should arrange for someone to drive them to and from surgery. The actually surgery can last less than 10 minutes per eye. Afterwards, the patient may feel like the eyes burn, itch or something is in them, but should never rub their eyes as they could dislodge the flap.

Patients should follow up with the doctor 24 hours after surgery. They will be given eye drops to instill over the next few weeks and should be followed as the doctor recommends.

If you would like more information on LASIK or would like to schedule an appointment to see if you are fit for a flap, please contact our office – James Eye Associates at 281-359-LOOK (5665).

Have a wonderful Easter this year! Mark 16:5-6

5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

 6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.