LASIK (Laser Vision Correction) – Greenbelt, MD

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About LASIK

Are you seeking clear vision without the hassles of contact lenses and glasses? Have you considered LASIK laser vision correction? Millions of people around the world have had this life-changing procedure and are now glasses-free! LASIK is FDA approved, and Dr. Jonathan Solomon is an experienced surgeon who also takes part in clinical trials and studies for vision correction procedures.  He is a trusted surgeon and has been ranked as a top doctor by his peers, as well as patients.

LASIK corrects vision by changing the shape of the cornea utilizing an excimer laser. The laser sculpts your cornea based upon your individual prescription and a unique map of your eyes. At Solomon Eye Physicians and Surgeons, we are pleased to offer the latest advancements in LASIK technology, including the CustomVue and CustomCornea Wavefront-guided vision correction and the advanced iFS femtosecond laser. With this technology, we are capable of treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, providing blade-free vision correction.

If you are interested in learning more about how LASIK could help you, contact us at our Greenbelt or Bowie, MD office to schedule your LASIK consultation. 

Best Candidates

Even if you have been told in the past that you are not a candidate for LASIK, the technology is progressing quickly all the time so more and more people are becoming eligible. To be eligible for LASIK, it's important that your lens prescription has been stable for at least one year and that you are at least 18 years old. Your ophthalmologist will also have to ensure that you have sufficient corneal thickness as LASIK works by removing a tiny amount of the cornea. 

What to expect

LASIK is a quick, effective, and virtually pain-free procedure. Most patients take fewer than 10 minutes start to finish and are able to see clearly very soon — from immediately to in about a day. Before the procedure, your eyes will be completely numbed with eye drops so you will not feel anything but some pressure on the eye. A suction device will be placed over the eye to ensure it can't move (you will not be able to see this device), and then your surgeon will use the advanced laser technology to create a very thin flap in your cornea. The flap is folded back, and the laser then reshapes the underlying corneal tissue. The flap is put back in place, and that is it. You will not need to wear bandages or an eye patch because the flap will heal on its own.

Follow-Up

After your LASIK procedure, you will be able to go home to rest and heal. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home after your procedure. 

It is best to plan to go straight home and take a long nap, approximately 4 – 5 hours, after LASIK. This is because right after the surgery, as the numbing drops wear off, you will have some discomfort. It will feel like there is dirt or sand in your eyes, which will make you feel the urge to blink or rub your eyes, which is very bad for the eyes at this point. It is extremely important that you keep your eyes closed for a few hours, and taking a nap is simply the easiest way. This sensation will be mostly gone after a few hours, and it will be more comfortable and safer for you to open your eyes. 

You will need to completely avoid rubbing your eyes for 1 – 2 weeks, and you will need to avoid swimming pools and bodies of water, as well as using cosmetics for about one week. You will also have antibiotic and moisturizing eye drops to use for a few weeks after your procedure. Many patients experience spells of blurry vision, halos, and glare through their healing processes. This is normal and usually goes completely away within 4 – 6 months. We will ask you to come in for a few follow-up appointments so we can monitor your healing, and you should continue to notice improvements in your vision for several weeks.

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Laser vision correction continues to be one of the most popular elective surgeries due to its quick, effective results and safety. Even if you have been told in the past that you are not a candidate for LASIK, advancements in blade-free LASIK technology are allowing even more people to have laser vision correction. Schedule a consultation at Solomon Eye Physicians and Surgeons with Dr. Solomon to find out if you are eligible for LASIK or another vision correction option.

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