LASIK stands for laser in situ keratomileusis, and it's a type of laser surgery that was developed to treat an array of refractive vision issues, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. People with refractive errors have corneas that are slightly misshapen; LASIK corrects refractive errors by normalizing the shape of the cornea. LASIK has been successfully used to treat millions of people worldwide, helping them have clearer vision often without the need for corrective lenses. Although it's extremely popular, LASIK is not the only type of laser eye surgery, and it may not be ideal for all patients. Your eye exam will provide the information necessary to determine if LASIK is a good fit for you.
LASIK uses a special laser to reshape the cornea, the clear covering of your iris and pupil. The procedure begins by making a small flap in your cornea, providing access to the cornea's lower layers. The laser uses special software to map your cornea, then passes over the surface of your cornea to ablate, or remove, a very thin layer of material. Once the ablation is complete, the corneal flap is placed back over the treatment zone where it serves as a natural bandage during healing. The procedure is performed using special drops that anesthetize your eye so you won't feel anything during the procedure. The LASIK procedure is performed in the office on an outpatient basis, and you can return home soon afterward.
Once LASIK is complete, some patients experience an initial period of mild discomfort as the edge of the cornea heals. Special eye drops can help provide relief and prevent infection. Most patients experience significant improvement in their vision within the first day or two following their procedure.
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