LASIK Specialists Schuylkill County PA
Did you know that LASIK is the most commonly performed of all laser eye surgeries? LASIK corrects nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and even astigmatism. At Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania, our LASIK specialists in Schuylkill County PA have performed many LASIK surgeries, so you will be in good hands as our next new patient.
LASIK corrects all types of vision issues
LASIK corrects nearsightedness; myopia is the medical term. If you are nearsighted, you cannot see objects at a distance but you can see up close objects. Historically, about 25 to 33 percent of the population has myopia, but nearsightedness is increasing in the general population. In particular, more school-age children are now being treated for myopia. Many doctors attribute the increased use of computer screens and digital devices as the cause.
LASIK can correct nearsightedness. In the procedure, the surgeon corrects the steeper parts of the cornea. This flattening allows light to correctly and directly focus on the retina, which is located at the back of the eye. This increases a person’s ability to see at a distance.
LASIK is also the most common of all corrective procedures for farsightedness (hyperopia). A farsighted person can see at a distance but has difficulty seeing up close objects without the use of glasses or contact lenses. Farsighted people have corneas that are too flat, so . Rather than focusing directly on the retina, light focuses behind it. Surgeons use the LASIK procedure to create a steeper cornea to properly focus light.
LASIK can also correct astigmatism. People with astigmatism have an oval or football-shaped cornea that causes light to focus on multiple points on the retina rather than on a central point. This results in overall blurry vision, up close and at a distance. To correct astigmatism, the irregularities of the cornea are smoothed out at precise points to refocus the light on the retina.
About the procedure
Regardless of the specific type of vision problem our surgeons are correcting, we use the bladeless or all-laser LASIK technique. An excimer laser is used to make the initial corneal incision and cool light pulses from a femtosecond laser are used to reshape the cornea.
Prior to surgery, we apply numbing eye drops, then the surgeon begins the LASIK procedure, first making an incision in the cornea to create a thin flap. This corneal flap is generally no thicker than a human hair, and the flap is gently folded back to expose the cornea. Next, the reshaping process begins. After reshaping, the flap is put back in place to heal without the need for stitches.
For both eyes, the procedure takes less than 30 minutes and patients go home after an hour or two of observation in our surgical facility. After 24 hours, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities. Patients are stunned at the improvement in their vision, which becomes sharper as the eye continues to heal.
At Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania, our board-certified fellowship-trained surgeons are ready to be your LASIK specialists in Schuylkill County PA. If you’ve considered LASIK for vision correction, give us a call at 610-378-8500 or visit our website.
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