LASIK stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis. It is a popular procedure used to reshape the tissues underneath the cornea to improve vision.
Vision correction surgery is also called refractory and laser eye surgery. This term describes any surgical procedure that fixes vision problems. Significant advances in refractory and laser eye surgery now give many people better vision than they have ever had. This improvement in vision is truly amazing and life-changing for many patients.
Numbing drops are applied to the eyes, and typically, medication is given to help relax the patient. The laser is used to make a flap in the outer layer of the cornea and reshape the cornea to allow light to enter the eye correctly and focus appropriately on the back of the eye. LASIK is used for chronic nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
LASIK is virtually pain-free and takes only about 15 minutes for surgery on both eyes. Patients are amazed at the ability to read a clock immediately after surgery is completed with no glasses or contacts. Patient vision improves and stabilizes even more over the next few days. Protective eyewear is worn for approximately 24 hours, and there is usually a short follow-up the day after surgery.
Call Dr. Albright and Dr. Chapa today to discuss LASIK.