LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is a popular and highly effective procedure used to correct refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. LASIK is a surgical procedure that uses a laser to reshape the cornea and improve the patient's vision.
LASIK co-management is a process where an optometrist works with a LASIK surgeon to provide comprehensive care before, during, and after the LASIK procedure.
The role of the optometrist in LASIK co-management includes:
- Pre-operative evaluation: The optometrist will perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine the patient's eligibility for LASIK and to ensure that the patient has healthy eyes. They may also take measurements and perform tests to determine the patient's refractive error and the amount of correction needed.
- Post-operative care: After the LASIK procedure, the optometrist will monitor the patient's recovery and provide follow-up care, including prescribing any necessary medication, checking for any complications, and monitoring the patient's vision improvement
- Ongoing care: The optometrist will provide ongoing care to the patient to ensure that their vision remains stable and to address any issues that may arise.
The LASIK surgeon will be responsible for performing the actual LASIK procedure. They will use a laser to reshape the cornea and correct the patient's refractive error.
It is important to note that LASIK is not suitable for everyone, and it's important to have a thorough evaluation to determine the patient's suitability for the procedure. Moreover, the outcome of LASIK is not guaranteed, and there are some risks and complications associated with LASIK surgery.
LASIK co-management is an effective way to ensure that patients receive comprehensive and personalized care before, during, and after the LASIK procedure. An optometrist and LASIK surgeon working together can help ensure that the patient's vision improves and that they are satisfied with the outcome.