What is LASIK Eye Surgery?
In the last 20 years of ophthalmology, no procedure has caused more of a stir or changed as many lives as LASIK. LASIK (an acronym for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) uses the computer-guided excimer laser to reshape the cornea (the clear covering of the front of the eye) to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. In nearly all cases, LASIK is pain-free and takes about 15 minutes to perform for both eyes.
Prior to LASIK surgery, numerous tests will be performed on your eyes to determine the amount of correction needed. Your surgeon then reviews this data, which is then programmed into the laser’s computer to create a customized treatment plan for your eyes. During your treatment, a secondary laser (femtosecond) is used to create a thin flap of corneal tissue, which will serve after surgery to make healing more comfortable. This technique replaces the old metal blade system that used to be used for first-generation LASIK procedures. The protective flap is then moved aside to expose the layer of corneal tissue that will be reshaped using the excimer laser. Once the resculpting is done, the protective flap is set back in place. The flap does not require sutures because the natural collagen generated by the cornea will act as a natural glue to hold the flap in place.
Once LASIK is completed, the corrected shaping of the cornea will now allow light passing through the eye to focus properly onto the retina, and images will appear more clear. Most patients experience noticeable improvement within several hours after treatment. It does take about 30 days to achieve the final result. During that time, you would use eye drops to protect against infection and swelling. It is common for a patient to experience either an onset of dry eyes, or an increase in dryness, after LASIK. Artificial tears can be used liberally to keep the eye comfortable and healthy during healing.
LASIK is performed on each eye separately, but both eyes can be treated during the same session. Many patients can see well enough to drive and return to most normal activities in as little as 24 hours without glasses or contacts.
Candidates for Laser Vision Correction:
- You have blurry vision
- You are tired of glasses and contacts
- You are frustrated not able to see across the room
- Street signs are fuzzy and blurry
- You have a glasses prescription that has not changed for at least one year
- You must be at least 18 years old.
Contact Wolstan & Goldberg Eye Associates located in Torrance today to learn more about the advantages of the Staar Visian ICL™ implantable lens.