Are you tired of using glasses or contacts to correct your vision?
LASIK is a surgical laser vision correction procedure that can improve your eyesight and eliminate the need for corrective lenses.
Learn how LASIK eye surgery at Burcham Eyecare Center in Aurora, CO, can help you see clearly and live life to the fullest.
A Better Life Can Be Yours
Most patients see great improvement in their vision within hours of surgery. Sight continues to improve for patients in the weeks and months following their LASIK surgery.
After undergoing laser surgery, more than 90% of patients achieve 20/20 vision or better. LASIK can correct astigmatism, myopia (nearsightedness), and hyperopia (farsightedness).
Improved Quality of Life
People who have an active lifestyle will no longer have to worry about contact lenses or glasses distracting them during activities. Dealing with foggy lenses, remembering contact solution, and worrying about broken frames can all be a thing of the past.
LASIK at a Glance
A misshapen cornea (the clear outer coating of your eye) or eye can cause blurry vision. This is because a distortion means light improperly reflects in front of or behind the retina, instead of on the retina itself. LASIK reshapes the corneal tissue so light is refracted correctly, similarly to how glasses and contact lenses change how light is refracted. But unlike corrective lenses, LASIK offers a more reliable solution that addresses the source of your vision problems.
Helping Greater Denver See Clearly
With Surgical Vision Correction
Imagine hitting the slopes, hiking, or biking without having to worry about your glasses breaking or your contacts drying out. Thanks to LASIK, that freedom can be yours.
The ophthalmologists and optometrist at our Aurora, CO, eye office help patients throughout the greater Denver area achieve clearer vision. To learn if LASIK is right for you, request a consultation today or call:
Requirements for LASIK
In order to get the most from LASIK, the doctors at our Aurora, Colorado, office will check for:
Your vision must be stable for at least two years before undergoing LASIK surgery. If you've changed prescriptions recently, you will have to wait for your prescription to stabilize before undergoing LASIK.
The procedure requires creating a tissue flap on the corneal surface. If you lack sufficient corneal thickness, our Aurora doctors may recommend an alternative treatment.
The ideal age range for LASIK is 28 to 60 years old. Patients who are older than 60 and do not have cataracts may still be able to get this surgery. In most cases, cataract surgery is likely a better option for older patients.
Patients who have systemic health issues like uncontrolled rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes may not be good candidates for this laser treatment. Changes in hormones can affect vision, so women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may not be good candidates.
Severe dry eye, extreme nearsightedness, or glaucoma could disqualify you from LASIK surgery. During your first visit, our doctors will screen your ocular health before recommending laser vision correction.
The LASIK Treatment Timeline
LASIK is completed at our Aurora office in about 15 minutes.
Aftercare and Results of Surgery
For about the first week after your LASIK procedure, you should refrain from rubbing your eyes. You may be prescribed antibiotic eyedrops to prevent an eye infection. You should also avoid hot tubs and pools for at least a week after your surgery. Patients may experience dry eyes for up to six months after treatment.
Returning to Your Routine
The side effects of LASIK are mild enough that most patients can return to work in three days or fewer after surgery. You will have to avoid certain activities, however, until your eyes fully heal. This includes any heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, contact sports, and driving when it's dark outside. During your periodic checkups at our Aurora office, our doctors will let you know when it is safe to resume more physical activities.
Protecting Your Eyesight
Your eyesight will continue to improve for months after your surgery. Patients should wear sunglasses to protect them from UV damage. Protective eyewear should be applied whenever engaging in sports or working with potentially dangerous machinery.
Are There Any Risks?
All surgeries carry some form of risk. LASIK eye surgery has an extremely low complication rate of less than 1%. Some potential risks include dry eye and glares or halos.
Dr. Burcham and Dr. Kesselman take every step they can to ensure your safety and success after surgery. It is important to disclose any health risks you have to greatly reduce all risks.