LASIK Vision Correction

LASIK surgery. Image © A.D.A.M.

Definition: LASIK vision correction is the most commonly performed type of laser surgery done by ophthalmologists to correct vision problems, including myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. Standing for laser in-situ keratomileusis, LASIK vision correction involves the use of a laser to permanently change the shape of the cornea.

How LASIK Is Performed

During LASIK, your LASIK surgeon uses a beam of light from an excimer laser to reshape the front portion, or cornea, of your eye.

The surgeon creates a flap on the surface of the eye. The flap is then peeled back, allowing the excimer laser to reshape your cornea. The flap is then peeled back, allowing the excimer laser to reshape your cornea.

How Long Does LASIK Take?

LASIK is normally a quick and simple procedure. Many people have LASIK eye surgery in both eyes on the same day and return to work only one or two days later. One of the most enticing things about LASIK is that the procedure usually improves vision immediately. A patient may leave the procedure seeing better than ever, though vision may continue improving for up to a year. Customized technology known as "WaveFront" has made LASIK quicker, easier and more successful than ever.  

Who Can Have LASIK?

Although it is a commonly eye surgery in the United States, LASIK is not right for everyone. You might have a a vision problem that LASIK would treat easily, however, your lifestyle or even your personality may cause your doctor to hesitate recommending the procedure.

If you meet the requirements of LASIK and are a good candidate for the procedure, laser eye-surgery preparation will begin.

Risks of LASIK

LASIK can produce great results for some people. However, risks are involved in any medical procedure. Your vision is one of your most precious senses, so great the decision to undergo LASIK should not be taken lightly.

Statistically, the likelihood for complications to develop is small. But if a problem happens to you, those statistics don't matter.

If you are determined to have LASIK, be sure to listen closely to your doctor's instructions. If he recommends something for you to do to your eyes before LASIK, take it seriously. It is important to know the possible complications and limitations that may occur.

Vision After LASIK

LASIK will most likely reduce your need for eyeglasses and contact lenses. Although nobody can guarantee that you will be able to achieve perfect vision without correction, chances are good that your vision will be significantly better. Imagine being able to live your daily life and engage in your normal activities without having to wear your glasses! Or think of the ease of your morning without having to insert contact lenses. LASIK has improved daily living for many people with severe vision problems. 

Also Known As: Laser in-situ keratomileusis

Common Misspellings: Lasics

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