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Tired of wearing glasses or contacts? Today, several surgical 

methods can correct your eyesight and give you the freedom of 

seeing well without corrective lenses. By far LASIK is currently  

the most popular refractive (vision-correcting) surgery available. 

More than one million LASIK procedures are performed in the 

United States each year.
Am I a good candidate for LASIK? To be a good candidate for 

refractive surgery you should be at least 18 years old, have stable 

vision correction, healthy eyes, and adequate corneal thickness. 

Chronic dry eye problems, corneal diseases, or other abnormalities 

may disqualify you. In order to know for sure, a comprehensive 

eye exam is required. This exam with a LASIK consult is usually 

provided at no cost.
The LASIK procedure is an ambulatory procedure. You walk in 

the surgery center, have the procedure done, and walk out again. 

The actual surgery usually takes less than 10 minutes for both eyes, 

but expect to be at the surgery center for an hour or more.  
LASIK is a two-step procedure. In the first step, the surgeon  

creates a thin, hinged flap of tissue on the cornea with a laser. This 

flap is folded back so the laser can, in the second step, reshape the 

corneal tissue. After that the flap is repositioned and the procedure 

is complete.

After Surgery the surgeon will 

apply medicated eye drops and a 

clear protective shield over your 

eyes. You can open your eyes and 

you will be seeing well enough, but 

you must have someone else drive 

you home.
You will be expected to use the 

medicated eye drops several times 

a day for 1-2 weeks to protect your 

eyes from infection and to aid the 

healing processes. You will also be using artificial tears frequently 

to keep your eyes moist and comfortable
LASIK was first introduced over 20 years ago. Since then there 

have been many improvements and advancements which have 

made the procedure a very popular choice for many. 
Are you ready for LASIK?

Are You Ready for Lasik?

by Dr. Dipak R. Kalani

Dr. Kalani, O.D., a Shadow Creek resident, is an 

Optometrist and owner of Vision Source Family 

Eye Care.  For more information on healthy eye 

exams or to schedule an appointment, call today

713-436-7544, or request an eye exam online at

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