1: What is LASIK Surgery?
LASIK is short for “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis”. For those who aren’t up on their Latin, we’ll break that down for you into slightly more comprehensible terminology. LASIK is laser vision corrective surgery, or refractive surgery (which means it corrects visual acuity). It is a quick, painless procedure that treats virtually all levels of refractive errors. The objective of LASIK surgery is to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses and contacts.
LASIK is the most commonly performed refractive surgery, and is usually conducted as an out-patient procedure. This means you do not have to stay in the hospital for monitoring after the surgery.
LASIK has become very popular because of some appealing advantages over other vision correction procedures, such as:
- A relative lack of pain following the procedure
- Good vision is usually achieved by the very next day
The LASIK procedure combines the precision of an excimer laser, along with the benefits of an instrument called an automated microkeratome. These tools allow the surgeon to treat the inside surface of the cornea.
LASIK is performed by folding back a thin layer of the cornea without damaging the surface. The surgeon then uses the excimer laser (which uses a cool ultraviolet light beam) to precisely remove very tiny bits of tissue from the cornea to reshape it. The flap is then laid back in place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed. This reshaping of the cornea improves the way that light is focused on the retina, therefore resulting in clearer vision.
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