You have probably heard the term “LASIK” used by those who want an alternative to contact lenses and glasses without necessarily understanding exactly what is involved in this procedure. Some people think of LASIK as “eye surgery” while others think of it as “laser enhancement.” Both terms are technically true, although LASIK is a particular type of laser surgery not found in other areas of healthcare. Patients may also be confused about who is a good candidate for LASIK surgery as well as what to expect from a LASIK procedure. Here are some facts about LASIK that can help you better understand this procedure.
The term LASIK is an acronym that stands for Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis. It is a type of refractive eye surgery that uses laser beams to reshape the cornea of the eye, providing a permanent solution to several types of vision problems. LASIK is appropriate for treating myopia or near-sightedness, hypermetropia or far-sightedness, and astigmatism. Approximately 11 million people in the United States have had successful LASIK surgery.
Simply put, LASIK allows a doctor to use a computer to fine-tune a laser surgical procedure to correct vision problems. The doctor uses the laser to reshape the cornea so that sight is improved. The patient is awake during the procedure, which takes only a few minutes and is painless. The eye heals incredibly quickly in most cases. Most patients notice an immediate improvement in eyesight that increases over the weeks following surgery.
LASIK cannot “cure” all eyesight issues and, in fact, may cause other sight issues to become more noticeable. For example, it is not uncommon in older LASIK patients to notice an increase in the need for reading glasses after LASIK is performed to correct myopia. In many cases, however, LASIK results exceed patient expectations in terms of vision improvement.
It is very important for anyone considering LASIK to discuss his or her expectations with a doctor who is qualified to perform LASIK procedures. The doctor may approve LASIK surgery or recommend other procedures such as PRK, depending on the type of vision problem and the patient’s health history.
Global Laser Vision is a full-service medical center in San Diego that provides quality LASIK procedures as well as LASEK/PRK, optical care, eye examinations and cataract treatment. For more information about professional LASIK and other vision correction treatments, contact Global Laser Vision today at 619-543-0890.
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