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LASIK, which stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, is a popular and effective surgical procedure designed to correct common vision problems, such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. The surgery aims to reduce a person’s dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses by reshaping the cornea, the clear front part of the eye. If you live or work in or near Birdsboro, PA, LASIK surgery is available at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania in our nearby Pottstown location.
How LASIK corrects vision
The human eye works much like a camera. Light enters through the cornea and the lens, and then it focuses on the retina at the back of the eye. In a perfectly shaped eye, the cornea and lens bend or refract light precisely onto the retina, resulting in clear vision. However, if there are imperfections in the shape of the cornea or the length of the eyeball, visual abnormalities occur.
LASIK is a precise and controlled surgical procedure that addresses these imperfections. The surgery involves the use of an excimer laser to reshape the cornea, allowing it to properly focus light onto the retina. Before the procedure, the surgeon creates a thin flap on the cornea using either a microkeratome (a precision surgical instrument) or a femtosecond laser. The flap is then lifted, exposing the underlying corneal tissue.
Once the cornea is exposed, the excimer laser is used to remove a small amount of tissue from the cornea in a highly precise manner. The laser removes tissue based on the patient’s specific refractive error. For nearsighted individuals, the cornea is flattened, while for farsighted individuals, it is steepened. In the case of astigmatism, the laser corrects the uneven curvature of the cornea.
The reshaping process usually takes a few minutes per eye. The surgeon carefully monitors the entire procedure, and advanced tracking systems ensure accuracy even if the eye moves slightly. After the laser treatment, the corneal flap is repositioned, and it begins to heal on its own without the need for stitches.
LASIK is quick and painless
LASIK surgery is known for its quick recovery and minimal discomfort. Many patients experience improved vision almost immediately, with the full benefits realized within a few days to a few weeks. While some individuals may still need glasses for certain activities, the dependence on them is significantly reduced.
It’s important to note that LASIK is not suitable for everyone. A thorough pre-operative examination is conducted to determine a candidate’s eligibility for the procedure. Factors such as age, overall eye health, and the stability of the refractive error play a crucial role in determining suitability. Additionally, individuals with certain eye conditions, such as glaucoma or cataracts, may not be ideal candidates for LASIK.
As with any surgical procedure, LASIK does carry some risks, including dry eyes, glare, halos, and, in rare cases, infection. However, advancements in technology and surgical techniques have significantly reduced the occurrence of complications.
In conclusion, LASIK surgery is widely adopted procedure that has transformed the lives of millions by providing a safe and effective solution for vision correction. Consult with an experienced eye care professional to determine whether LASIK is the right option for your individual circumstances. If you live or work in or near Birdsboro, PA, schedule an appointment at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania in our nearby Pottstown location today. We look forward to your call.
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