Understanding Lasik Eye Surgery
LASIK eye surgery is a simple, safe, and painless procedure that corrects your vision using advanced laser technology. Since 1995, this procedure has been performed over 20 million times and is an effective alternative to prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. Furthermore, LASIK eye surgery in Houston, TX is even safer and far more professional due to our city’s world-renowned physicians and medical center.
For those dealing with nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), or astigmatism, LASIK could be the perfect treatment option. This state-of-the-art procedure is virtually painless, and it allows many patients to achieve 20/20 vision.
LASIK Overview Reviews
"superb doc - Best doctor and staff all around for lasik and lens implants. I had both done by Dr. Mattiolli, and the only doctor to throughly explain all my options and work with me. He is not all about money like other places that I went to before choosing him."- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 24, 2015
"Best experience ever!!! - I went in for a LASIK consultation and as soon as I walked onto their offices the staff stood up, greeted me and introduced themselves. I felt very welcomed at this point. We did the paperwork which was on iPad and in less than five minutes I was getting my full eye exam. Afterwards, Dr. Mattioli came in and examined my eyes and told me I was a candidate for LASIK. He answered all the questions and concerns I had and we discussed the pros and cons and I was able to make my decision. We set up an appointment for the surgery day, got prescriptions for eye drops and another one for an anti-anxiety medication. The staff helped me with the financial stuff and I got zero interest for 12 months which was awesome. The day of surgery, went very well, the doc explained everything to me before, during and after the procedure and before I knew it I could see!! During the follow-up today I found out that my vision is now 20/15. I had worn glasses for 20 years and my prescription was -8.50!! It was such an emotional time for me and I remember crying after the procedure. I am so grateful for Dr. Mattioli and his amazing staff for everything they have done for me and I intend to keep him on as my regular eye doctor. It was worth the drive from the 1960 area. The technology he has there is very impressive, even better than what i saw when my sister got her LASIK seven years ago. I recommend him and his staff to anyone considering LASIK procedure or any eye care needs."- Anonymous / Vitals / May 29, 2013
"I recently had my annual exam (2 years post lasik surgery) and the staff continued to show how much they cared by making sure I felt comfortable and informed at all times. Dr. Mattioli is very professional and treated me like family :)"- C.M. / Google / Jun 06, 2018
"I had a pleasant experience overall with my Lasik procedure. I felt the staff was informative, polite, and reassuring as I went through the process of having my eyes undergo surgery. After the surgery, I felt the staff continued to be helpful and provided tips over how I could have a better recovery. The only thing that could have made it better was that it seemed the doctor forgot tiny details of our meetings. For example, he suggested I get tear duct plugs after the surgery even though I had gotten them during the surgery. Everyone's recovery will be different. My procedure was 10 months ago, and now I'm very happy I went through it. The first week or so is a bit stressful as I needed to use drops every 30 minutes or so. I kept multiple alarms on my phone to track which drop happened when. The second week is better as the drops slow down to about 4 times a day. For the first week you have to limit yourself pretty heavily (showering with eyes closed, no swimming, etc.). After a while things the recommendations start to let up. Specifically, I remember being able to open my eyes in the shower after a week or two, and being able to swim after 2-4 weeks (I forget the details, the doctor will provide this before the surgery). After a few months had passed I was a bit turned off that I needed eye drops for moisture twice a day, but thankfully my eyes continued to recover and now I may go several days without using eye drops. tl;dr - Lasik is totally worth it. They do good work here."- M.G. / Google / Jun 06, 2016
"I highly recommend Dr. Mattioli for Lasik surgery. His willingness to explain each option/procedure in detail with patience is top quality. He's punctual with your time yet patient with your questions and he delivered on his expertise with my Lasik surgery. Janet was willing to share her wealth of knowledge and professional patience by answering all my questions. The entire staff at Mattioli Vision Professionals are the best! I completed Lasik on 9/23 cleared my appointment on 9/24 and returned to work with no restrictions. I'm 20/15 20/20 after wearing contacts for close to 36 years. Call or schedule your consultation today! K. Turner"- K.T. / Google / Jun 06, 2017
Before The Procedure
To decide whether or not the LASIK procedure is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mattioli. During this consultation, he will evaluate the thickness and shape of your cornea and your eye’s ability to produce moisture. For the two weeks preceding this consultation, you should abstain from wearing contacts as they actually alter the shape of your cornea.
To prepare patients for the procedure, numbing eye drops will be administered. Then the patient’s eyes will be cleaned and propped open with a lid speculum.
First, a thin flap of corneal tissue is created either by a highly specialized instrument known as a microkeratome or by a laser light source. This thin flap is then lifted like a contact lens and a laser light is used to reshape the outer areas of the cornea. Depending on the patient’s condition, the surgeon will adjust the shape of the cornea accordingly. For nearsighted individuals, the cornea is flattened. For farsighted individuals, the cornea is steepened. For individuals dealing with astigmatism, the irregular shape of the cornea is corrected. These adjustments ensure that light is properly focused on the retina.
After the cornea is reshaped, the flap is then laid back to its original position, and its newly formed curvature properly refocuses light without the use of eyeglasses or contacts.
The LASIK procedure only takes 10-15 minutes.
After The Procedure
After the numbing drops wear off, patients may experience a mild itching and burning sensation. It’s important, however, that patients refrain from rubbing their eyes to avoid damaging the healing corneal flap.
Although many patients experience hazy or blurry vision immediately after treatment, they generally have clear and improved vision by the next day. Most patients can resume normal activities such as working and driving the day after their procedure.
To avoid infection, women should refrain from wearing makeup or applying lotions near their eyes for up to two weeks following surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost Per Eye
- From $1,530
- Recovery Time
- 1 day
- How Long It Takes
- 15 minutes
- Follow Up Time
- 1 day and 1 month
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