Are you tired of wearing glasses or contacts? Have you been considering surgery to correct your vision? Compared to the cost and hassle of buying new glasses every few years or contacts every couple of months, getting LASIK surgery is an attractive option for many people. While it's not a suitable option for everyone, you can't know for sure whether or not you're eligible until you discuss things with a qualified professional. During this discussion, it's a good idea to have a list of questions to ask them in order to help you make the right decision. A few of the most important questions that should be on your list include the following.

What side effects can be expected?

Many people are under the impression that they will walk out of the LASIK office with perfect 20/20 vision and no side effects at all. While the staff will do their best to ensure that everything goes well, you may still experience eyes that are dry or itchy for some time afterward. Your doctor will also recommend that you wear sunglasses for at least a week after your surgery to help protect your eyes and to give them a chance to heal. Your doctor will have a list of other things you might reasonably expect to happen after the surgery is over.

How much vision improvement will there be?

This will depend on a variety of factors, including your current vision levels. There is always the possibility that you may still need glasses or contacts to correct your vision, albeit at a reduced prescription to what you have now. While the reason for getting LASIK is generally to come as close as possible to 20/20 vision, personal anatomy, aftercare, and physiology can all have an impact on what the final result will be.

Will the eyelid be damaged if blinking occurs?

In short, you will be unable to blink during the LASIK procedure so there is no danger to your eyelid. Anesthesia will be used to numb your eyes so that you won't want to blink and a small device will be used to hold your eyelids open so that you physically can't blink. Although this might sound uncomfortable, the reality is that you'll barely even notice any of this. In addition, the procedure generally only takes a few minutes to complete so that there is little chance of any discomfort happening as a result of being unable to blink.