When you have a refractive error, such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism, or presbyopia, LASIK surgery can change the way light rays enter your eye and improve the ability of your eyes to focus.
The surgeon creates a corneal flap to gain access to the inner corneal tissue of the eye. This can be done with a handheld instrument, called a microkeratome, or with a femtosecond laser beam which is controlled by a computer, in what we call “all-laser” LASIK.
Next, excimer laser beams are used to reshape the cornea according to the unique requirements of your eyes. The flap is laid back into its normal position, is smoothed out to remove any bubbles or wrinkles under the flap, and heals itself quickly without any need for stitches.
Continuous improvements in laser technology and surgical techniques have made LASIK surgery safer and more effective year after year, and millions of people around the world have enjoyed the dramatic improvement in vision the procedure can offer. These include soldiers, astronauts, pilots, firemen, and others whose jobs depend on good vision.
If you are at least 18 years old, have stable vision, have had no previous eye surgery, and do not have an eye disease (such as glaucoma or cataracts), you may be a good candidate for LASIK surgery. If your corneas are too thin for the procedure, you may be a better candidate for a variation of LASIK, called PRK.
A thorough pre-operative examination will include a careful medical and ocular history to make sure there are no conditions that could compromise the outcome of your surgery.
Please get in touch with us at (239) 936-2020 to schedule a LASIK evaluation.