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Approximately 12 million people have had this procedure. The surgery involves reshaping the cornea, the clear outer layer of the eye, to improve visual acuity and provide an alternative to eyeglasses or contact lenses. farsightedness and astigmatism, leaving patients with 20/20 vision or better after treatment. These procedures are customized to provide the best possible results for each individual patient, allowing your surgeon to correct the very specific refractive errors that obscure your vision. Laser vision correction procedures help patients eliminate the need for eyeglasses and contact lenses, a costly and bothersome hassle that millions of people deal with every day.

 

 

 By reshaping the cornea, these procedures change the way that the eye focuses light, allowing you to enjoy clear vision. 

 

There are several different laser vision correction procedures available to help patients achieve clear vision without glasses or contacts. Please call us today to enjoy the benefits of this advancing technology.

 

LASIK

While LASIK has been the most common laser procedure for several years LASIK, which stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis, is a popular surgery used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. Patients experience these vision problems as a result of an abnormal corneal shape that blurs or distorts vision. 

Short for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, LASIK uses targeted excimer laser beam energy to gently remove corneal tissue in order to correct refractive errors.  

Millions of patients choose to undergo LASIK each year, and achieve clear vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses, while also benefitting from minimal downtime and little to no post-operative discomfort

LASIK Procedure

The LASIK procedure, the patient will lie down while the doctor positions the laser precisely over the eye. A speculum will be used to keep the eye open, the eye is cleaned and numbing drops are placed. LASIK can be performed with a microkeratome blade or a femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap, which gently lifts the surface of the cornea so that the excimer laser can reshape the curvature of the cornea.

LASIK is performed on an outpatient basis using only numbing eye drops to reduce any potential discomfort. The entire surgery takes less than five minutes to perform, although patients can expect to spend a few hours at the office. If requested, patients can receive an oral sedative prior to surgery to relieve any anxieties about the procedure.

Once the flap is created, the excimer laser delivers customized pulses of light energy for each patient's individual prescription. This customization is determined prior to surgery, with the precise positioning confirmed prior to triggering the laser. The second eye is treated immediately after the first, and patients are given protective shields to keep the eyes safe from bright lights after LASIK.

 LASIK Eye Surgery Time

LASIK eye surgery results have continued to improve, along with supporting technology and surgeon skill, which should offer some reassurance to candidates who are unsure about what to expect.

While it may take several months for full results to develop, significant visual improvement is noticeable immediately after the LASIK procedure. Most patients eventually achieve vision that is 20/20 or better, and are able to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. 

Although patients can achieve clear vision from LASIK, this procedure cannot prevent presbyopia, the age-related vision changes that occur after the age of 40. Many patients will need reading glasses for this condition, but their distance vision will remain clear.

 

LASIK Vision Result

LASIK eye surgery results have continued to improve, along with supporting technology and surgeon skill, which should offer some reassurance to candidates who are unsure about what to expect.

While it may take several months for full results to develop, significant visual improvement is noticeable immediately after the LASIK procedure. Most patients eventually achieve vision that is 20/20 or better, and are able to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Although patients can achieve clear vision from LASIK, this procedure cannot prevent presbyopia, the age-related vision changes that occur after the age of 40. Many patients will need reading glasses for this condition, but their distance vision will remain clear.

 

Am I LASIK Condidate?

If you're thinking about LASIK, here are a few questions that can help you know if you might be a good laser eye surgery candidate. Although LASIK is considered a safe procedure, it is not ideal for everyone. Your doctor will perform a thorough evaluation to determine whether LASIK is appropriate for you, or if you would benefit from another type of refractive procedure. The ideal LASIK candidate

  • Has had stable vision for at least six months 
  • Is over 18 years old 
  • Have refractive errors that fall within the treatable range 
  • Has a healthy cornea thick enough for a flap 
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  • Can you lie flat without difficulty or discomfort? This is important because laser eye surgery, such as LASIK, will be performed while you’re lying down. 
  • Are you willing to stop wearing contacts for two to four weeks before your LASIK consultation and laser eye surgery procedure?
If you’ve answered yes to these questions, you’re ready to schedule a LASIK consultation, where you will learn more about the procedure and whether it’s right for you.

 

LASIK Eye Surgery Risk Factors and Limitations
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for LASIK eye surgery. Certain conditions and anatomical factors can increase your risk of an undesirable outcome or limit optimal LASIK results. These include:

Too thin or irregular corneas

Large pupils

High refractive error

Unstable vision

Dry eyes

Your age

If you are pregnant

If you have certain degenerative or active autoimmune disorders

 

For a full checklist on LASIK risk factors and whether or not you are an appropriate candidate, read our

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