Laser Eye Lasik
Your doctor has recommended that you undergo Laser-In-Situ Keratomileusis - or LASIK Laser surgery - to correct a vision problem. But what does that actually mean?
The human eye is constructed like a camera ... with a clear lens in the front and light-sensitive tissue at the rear. This tissue makes up the retina which acts like photographic film.
Three of these problems, myopia - or nearsightedness; hyperopia - or farsightedness; and astigmatism can often be corrected or reduced with the use of LASIK laser surgery.
Hyperopia, or farsightedness, occurs when the shape of the eye is too short. In this case, light rays are focused on a point behind the retina.
LASIK laser surgery is a relatively simple and nonintrusive procedure that is designed to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. LASIK laser surgery generally does not have any effect on a patient's overall health and there are no risks in choosing not to have the surgery.
When the operative field is numb, the doctor will use an automated microsurgical instrument called a microkeratome.
This tiny instrument will carefully create a thin corneal flap which remains hinged to the eye.
Underneath this flap the inner layer of the cornea, called the stroma, is exposed.
Next, your doctor will use a computer to control pulses of cool laser light. These pulses will delicately remove microscopically thin layers of cells from the stroma
By removing tissue in this manner, your doctor will tailor the new shape of your cornea according to the exact nature of your vision problem. The entire procedure usually takes about 5 minutes and is painless.
The corneal flap is then closed and the surface is rinsed.
Following surgery, you'll be given protective contact lenses to wear for a few days while the corneal flap heals.
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