LASIK: Introduction

LASIK (laser-assisted-in-situ keratomileusis) is a highly effective outpatient procedure suitable for most patients with low, moderate and higher prescriptions. LASIK uses a cool beam of light from the excimer laser to gently reshape the front surface (cornea) of the eye. The cornea is the transparent dome-like structure that covers the iris and pupil of your eye. By creating a flap in the cornea, the surgeon is able to treat the inner layer of the cornea with a laser, allowing for a rapid visual recovery. Total procedure time is 15 to 20 minutes per eye.

A LASIK Procedure

Anesthetic drops are applied to the eye. A thin, protective flap is created and gently lifted by the surgeon, revealing the inner corneal tissue. Computer-controlled pulses of cool laser light are applied to the inner layers of the cornea. The inner corneal layer is reshaped with the laser. The surgeon gently replaces the flap and aligns it to its original position, where it heals naturally and securely. After LASIK, some patients may feel slight irritation for a few hours. Most patients are quite comfortable after a nap and rest.

How do I know if I am a candidate for the LASIK procedure?

There are a number of factors that must be considered in determining whether you are a candidate for LASIK, and the only way to conclusively answer this question is through a complete evaluation by a licensed optometrists. Among the factors that affect the assessment are your age, whether you have a history of eye conditions including dry eye or not. In addition, whether you are currently taking prescription medications that may complicate the healing process, whether you are pregnant or nursing, whether the degree of your visual impairment would be too severe to be satisfactorily corrected with LASIK, and a number of others. We recommend scheduling a consultation to determine your eligibility.

Will LASIK affect my night vision?

Most patients notice no change to their night and low light vision; however, some do notice glare or halos around objects viewed in low light conditions. These effects generally dissipate over a period of months after undergoing the LASIK procedure.

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