Presbyopia is condition that affects everyone sometime after the age of 40. It is caused by the lens gradually losing its ability to focus. People with presbyopia have difficulty focusing on objects up close.
LASIK is done on an outpatient basis, meaning that you go home on the same day of your procedure.
(Click Preparing for LASIK Eye Surgery or The Day of LASIK for more information on what to expect before the procedure.)
During the surgery, a laser is used to permanently reshape your cornea and correct your vision. You are awake during the surgery.
(Click LASIK Eye Surgery for a detailed explanation of the actual procedure.)
After your LASIK is complete, you will stay at the facility for about an hour. You will then be able to go home to continue your recovery. Most patients are able to return to work within 24 to 48 hours of their LASIK eye surgery.
(Click LASIK Surgery Recovery for a detailed explanation of the recovery process.)
On average, with the LASIK procedure, there is a 90 to 98 percent chance of achieving 20/40 vision or better. To legally drive without glasses in most states, you will need at least 20/40 vision.
There is about a 60 percent chance of achieving 20/20 vision and about an 85 percent chance of achieving 20/25 vision following LASIK surgery. Whether or not this is achieved depends on your current level of correction, your healing response, and whether you have had:
- Past eye disease
- Previous eye infections
- Eye trauma
- Eye problems from birth.
(Click Expected Results With LASIK for more information.)