THE LASIK PROCEDURE
To determine whether or not a patient is a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery, the eye doctor will conduct a pre-LASIK eye examination.
The traditional LASIK vision correction procedure begins with the creation of a hinged corneal flap. After the eye is anesthetized with topical eye drops, the LASIK eye surgeon creates the flap on the outer surface of the eye to expose the underlying cornea. The flap can be created with a microkeratome (a hand-held device) or with the IntraLase® laser, which allows the surgeon to create the flap using a computer-guided laser. The cornea is then reshaped using an excimer laser, and the flap is replaced.
After LASIK eye surgery, many patients experience immediate improved vision, although it can take up to six months for vision to stabilize. Patients can expect a short LASIK surgery recovery period, but there is usually little to no discomfort following the procedure. Our follow-up exams ensure proper healing of the eye.
LASIK Risk and Benefits
LASIK eye surgery benefits include improved visual activity, freedom from corrective eyewear, and a new outlook on life! Patients who achieve a successful LASIK surgery outcome can eliminate their need for correction assistance and enjoy the freedom of clear vision all the time! Patients can play sports, swim, spend a day at the beach, and participate in various activities without needing glasses or contact lenses.
A small number of patients – 1-5% – experience LASIK eye surgery complications. LASIK risks include sensitivity to light, haloed or glared vision, loss of visual clarity, irregular astigmatism, dry eyes, and some sensitivity. Fortunately, advances in LASIK technology have dramatically reduced complications, and many problems can be easily corrected with additional treatment.
LASIK eye surgery has become the most popular vision surgery in the country. More than one million Americans undergo LASIK every year!
In most cases, LASIK surgery provides patients with exceptional results, with many patients experiencing 20/20 vision or better following LASIK eye surgery!
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