LASIK eye surgery has a proven track record of correcting a range of eye conditions, including astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. Performed in an in-office setting, LASIK offers a safe, convenient, and effective alternative to corrective eyewear.
As quick and easy as it may be, LASIK is still a surgical procedure, all the same. For this reason, a “co-management” approach becomes necessary. Read on as a Saginaw, TX optometrist discusses what LASIK co-management entails.
What Does LASIK Treat?
First approved by the FDA in 1999, more than 10 million Americans have received LASIK treatment since it was first developed. LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, a procedure designed to correct refractive errors caused by:
- Corneal irregularities
- Elongated eyeball
- The effects of aging on the lens
An optometrist can determine if you’re a good candidate for LASIK, which is the first step in the LASIK eye surgery process.
What Is LASIK Surgery Co-Management?
Refractive errors in the eyes change how light (and images) enter the cornea and land on the retina. A LASIK procedure is designed to correct the problem so light entering the cornea can form a single focal point on the retina. Most people who undergo LASIK achieve 20/20 vision or better.
LASIK surgery co-management has to do with the roles of the optometrist and the ophthalmologist (the surgeon) throughout the pre-op and post-op care process. The two doctors perform specific tasks and coordinate treatment along the way.
The Optometrist’s Role
Along with qualifying you as a good candidate for LASIK, the optometrist manages your pre-op and post-op care stages. Here are a few of the tasks the optometrist will perform:
- Will take your eye measurements, which will be used by the surgeon who performs the procedure
- Refers you to an ophthalmologist
- Provides care during recovery and monitors your progress
- Relays information and coordinates care with the surgeon
Most optometrists regularly work with one or two ophthalmologists. This allows for a smooth communication flow between the two doctors and also makes for a more efficient process, overall.
The Surgeon’s Role
The ophthalmologist conducts the actual surgery portion in the LASIK co-management process. He or she will also conduct a second eye exam to determine the overall health of your eyes and also do a more in-depth examination of your corneas. After the surgery, you’ll also have follow-up appointments with the ophthalmologist to ensure healing is progressing as expected.
If you have more questions about LASIK co-management or wish to schedule a consultation, please don’t hesitate to call your Saginaw, TX optometrist office today.