You’ve undoubtedly heard the term LASIK eye surgery, and you may even know someone who has had the procedure done. But do you really know what steps are involved in a LASIK procedure?
Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, commonly referred to as LASIK, is a procedure to treat farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism. In these vision conditions, the cornea is shaped so light does not focus properly onto the retina so clear vision is not achieved. LASIK uses a laser to actually reshape the cornea so light does focus properly.
LASIK is not performed on a “whim.” An experienced LASIK surgeon will perform a detailed eye exam to determine your exact vision characteristics and determine if LASIK could help or hinder your vision. This procedure isn’t right for everyone; some people have corneas that are too thin to support the procedure…others have pre-existing eye health or medical conditions that will interfere with healing.
- Numbing drops are placed into your eye and a lid speculum keeps the eyelids open.
- A corneal flap is created using either a hand-held microkeratome surgical tool or a femtosecond laser. Once the flap is created it is gently folded back to give the surgeon access to the underlying corneal tissue.
- Corneal tissue is removed/reshaped using a computer-controlled excmier laser.
- The corneal flap is put back into place where it begins to heal without stitches.
The entire process only takes a few minutes per eye and most people report that it is virtually painless.
There is a whole lot more to know about LASIK! If you are curious, contact Inland Eye Institute today at 909-937-9230 or inlandeye.com to schedule your free LASIK Consultation to get all of the facts about LASIK.