WHAT IS LASIK?
Laser-Assisted Stomal In-situ Keratomileusis, otherwise known as LASIK, is the revolutionary ophthalmologic procedure that has given people better vision for nearly two decades. Also known as refractive surgery, LASIK is a highly specialized and increasingly customized elective procedure that corrects the imperfections in the cornea that cause common vision problems.
Since it is these tiny imperfections that are the root of vision problems, laser eye surgery was developed to smooth out these corneal imperfections. Through the use of a blade, or even more commonly today, through highly specialized lasers, a tiny flap on the outer most surface of the cornea is sliced and retracted to expose the topographical bumps that are affecting the vision. A laser smooths over the bumps to leave an even surface.
The flap is replaced, and patients are typically sent on their way no later than an hour or two after they came. Remarkably, the whole procedure in it’s entirely takes only about 15 minutes—the remaining time is pre-operative care and post-operative monitoring!
Perhaps the most appealing thing about LASIK is it’s tremendous track record. Millions upon millions of people, including athletes, actors, politicians, and other notable public figures who heavily rely on their vision have had incredible results with the LASIK procedure – leaving them free from a life of glasses and contacts.
Refractive surgery, or LASIK, is an option for vision correction without needing to wear glasses or contact lenses. Your optometrist can help you determine if you are a good candidate for laser eye surgery.
Refractive surgery has traditionally involved reshaping the cornea with a laser. Recently, other surgical alternatives have become available.
Among these is a technique called phakic IOL implantation which involves implanting a lens behind the cornea, but in front of the iris.
With this new option, many of those who were too highly nearsighted for LASIK are now candidates for refractive surgery.
IS LASIK FOR YOU?
If you’re tired of wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, you may wonder whether laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery is right for you. After all, LASIK surgery has a good track record and most people are satisfied with the results.
However, LASIK surgery isn’t the most appropriate vision-correction option for everyone, and it’s not without risks. If you are interested in refractive surgery, contact our eye clinic and schedule an appointment with our optometrist. Refractive surgery is not to be taken lightly.
Detailed testing is necessary to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the surgery. If testing shows you to be a good candidate, we can help you choose the refractive surgeon who is most appropriate for your case.
In addition, we provide post-operative care for laser eye surgery. Book a visit with our eye clinic to learn more.