LASIK Surgery

Refractive surgery is the term used to describe surgical procedures that correct common vision problems (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia) to reduce your dependence on prescription eyeglasses and/or contact lenses. Currently, a laser procedure called LASIK (LAY-sik) is the most popular refractive surgery performed in the United States.

LASIK, or "laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis," is designed to reshape the cornea to enable light entering the eye to be properly focused onto the retina for clearer vision. When performed by a skilled surgeon, LASIK provides satisfying results, including improved vision with less or no dependence on glasses and contacts.

In most cases, the procedures is completed within 15 minutes for both eyes. Patients usually see the results in as little as 24 hours.

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How is Wavefront technology used to enhance LASIK?

Wavefront technology measures precisely how light travels through the eye. Excimer lasers with built-in wavefront analysis can detect and automatically adjust for subtle vision errors when laser energy is applied to reshape the cornea. Studies suggest wavefront-guided LASIK reduce the risk of night glare after surgery.

Who is a candidate for LASIK laser vision correction?

  • You must have healthy eyes — no glaucoma, infection, cataracts, severe dry eye or any other condition that would affect postoperative healing.
  • You must be an adult: age 21 or older (with some exceptions).
  • Your vision must be stable for at least a year before surgery.
  • If you're pregnant or nursing, your hormonal levels can affect the shape of your eye. You'll need to wait until your hormones are back to normal levels.
  • You cannot have a degenerative or autoimmune disease, since this would affect healing.

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What if I am not a LASIK candidate?

Over the past 25 years, surgical techniques, tools, and procedures for vision correction have evolved rapidly. If you're not a good LASIK candidate, a number of other vision correction surgeries are available. Your eye doctor will determine if one of these procedures is suitable for your condition and, if so, which technique is best. Some of these alternative vision correction options include:

  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Epi-LASIK
  • Conductive Keratoplasty
  • Refractive Lens Exchange

Who should I talk to about LASIK and refractive surgery?

The absolute best source of information about LASIK is a LASIK surgeon, and ours provide free consultations. All you have to do is make an appointment.