If you wear glasses or contact lenses to improve your vision, but want a more streamlined way of seeing, you may be a good candidate for life-changing LASIK surgery. The team at St. Luke’s Cataract & Laser Institute in Wesley Chapel can help you achieve the vision you’ve always dreamed of. The full-service, family-focused ophthalmology practice provides routine eye exams, cataract evaluations and LASIK surgery for patients in the Tampa Bay area.
“Patients come in for their post-ops excited and thankful,” said Dr. Robert Howard, a board-certified ophthalmologist at St. Luke’s who specializes in LASIK surgery, medical ophthalmology and glaucoma care. “The most common feedback I get is patients telling me that they wish they had done it sooner. They are excited to not have to look for their glasses in the morning and have a newfound freedom in waking up with good vision.”
Here’s how it works: “LASIK surgery is done by using a laser to sculpt the corneal surface, permanently reducing nearsightedness and improving vision,” explained Dr. Howard. “LASIK is a fairly quick surgery, often completed in less than 15 minutes.”
The recovery process is also quite simple, with patients often noticing an improvement in vision as soon as the surgery is finished.
“Patients should expect some mild fluctuation in vision as the eyes heal but expect to have fully functional vision without the need for glasses or contacts immediately after surgery,” said Dr. Howard. The initial recovery process lasts approximately four to six weeks.
“My favorite part of my job is seeing the impact that I’ve had on patients’ lives by giving them freedom from their glasses and contacts,” Dr. Howard said. “I hear stories of people missing out on doing things with their kids and families because it required a helmet or a scuba mask that they couldn’t make work with their glasses. In these moments I can’t help but feel excited that I get to be a part of improving this aspect of their life.”
Could you be a candidate for LASIK surgery? There are several factors to consider, including your age, health and more.
“Generally, someone between the ages of 21-51 who is nearsighted and has no history of any autoimmune conditions could consider LASIK, but every situation is different and there is not one specific thing that makes a patient a good candidate,” said Dr. Howard. “Often, the best way to know if LASIK is right for you is to call the office and speak to the LASIK team.”
Ready to find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK surgery? Find more information on St. Luke’s Cataract & Laser Institute in Wesley Chapel at https://www.stlukeseye.com/locations/wesley-chapel/ or call (813) 560-0160 today to schedule your LASIK consultation.