Are you interested in undergoing LASIK surgery to improve your vision? If so, congrats! This procedure can be life-changing for many patients who suffer from poor vision and want to get rid of the hassle of dealing with prescription glasses and contact lenses. With just a quick LASIK procedure, you could achieve 20/20 vision and enjoy a life without corrective lenses of any kind.

However, before you schedule your procedure appointment, it’s important to know what to expect before signing up for treatment. Here are five things you need to know before undergoing your LASIK procedure:

  1. Pick the right LASIK surgeon: Like with any medical treatment, not all LASIK surgeons are equal. Some perform LASIK for a living; others may not perform that many procedures. Other surgeons may be board-certified ophthalmologists, while others are LASIK technicians. Regardless of who you opt to receive treatment from, make sure you study the person’s credentials. Ask for referrals so you can get real feedback from actual LASIK customers.
  2. Do the right research: Speaking of research, make sure you’re looking at the right factors for determining who you get LASIK from. In other words, if you’re just looking at the lowest price, there’s a good chance you’re getting a procedure from an underqualified person. Remember, these are your eyes – it’s worth spending a few extra dollars to protect and preserve your healthy vision!
  3. Expect to spend a little more: Most people plan for the total cost of their LASIK procedure, but they forget to leave a little room in their budget for the post-procedure eye drops. These prescription eye drops are crucial for protecting you from infection, swelling, and dry eye syndrome, which are risk factors after the LASIK procedure.
  4. It’s surprisingly fast: You should expect to only sit for about 30 minutes for your LASIK procedure; this breaks down to about 15 minutes for each eye.
  5. Not everyone is a candidate: Unfortunately, those people with very poor vision may not be a candidate for LASIK. The procedure works by reshaping the cornea until vision has been corrected. If you have thin corneas, you may not have enough corneal tissue to support this procedure.

Want to learn more about what you can expect from a LASIK procedure? Schedule a LASIK consultation with ophthalmologist Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths at NewView Eye Center in Reston, VA today.

NewView Eye Center serves the greater Washington, DC metro area.