LASIK has become the most popular and successful vision correction procedure worldwide. LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) surgery permanently changes the shape of the cornea, so patients can be freed from the constraints of glasses and contacts.
The eye is prepared by placing numbing drops into the eye and an instrument is used to prevent blinking. In LASIK, a flap is created in the cornea, and is gently lifted.
Using a cool-beam excimer laser, the cornea is reshaped for improved vision. The laser is programmed specifically for you based on your pre-surgery vision evaluation. It is good to know that you cannot actually see the laser treating your eye during surgery.
Then the flap is laid back into place, and immediately begins healing. The procedure itself takes only two to three minutes per eye.
Click here to visit the FDA website for additional information about the LASIK procedure.
The consultation exam is the same, but the difference is with the surgical process. With LASIK, a flap is created on your cornea then laid back into place and immediately begins to heal. However, with PRK, instead of the flap being laid back down a contact lens in placed over the eye and removed 5 to 7 days later.
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