Despite the fact that glasses have become quite the fashion statement in the last decade or so, there are still plenty of reasons an individual might want to lose the frames. For some, contacts are a perfect solution, but for others, a more permanent method is the answer. Some simply have trouble with contacts and prefer not to wear them, while others’ vision problems are too severe for contact lenses to correct. In either case, there is one overwhelmingly popular option for perfect vision: LASIK surgery.
LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a type of refractive laser eye surgery used to correct common vision problems like farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism. Essentially, LASIK uses a refractive laser to burn away tissue and reshape the cornea to correct the patient’s vision. The patient is given strong numbing eye drops to ensure a painless procedure, and may even be given a mild sedative to help them relax.
The procedure takes place in three main phases. First, a flap is created at the front of the cornea. Then, the laser is used to reshape the inner cornea, employing eye tracking to ensure accuracy. Finally, the flap is repositioned for healing. Patients are often given antibiotics and various eye drops to aid in the healing process.
If you suffer from vision issues and would like to say goodbye to glasses and contacts forever, contact our office to set up an appointment with one of our experienced ophthalmologists. Our doctors will talk with you about your vision problems, educate you on the LASIK process, and examine your eyes to determine whether you are a candidate for the surgery.