What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

August 15, 2023


The wonders of modern medicine have brought about innovative procedures such as LASIK. This laser eye surgery has gained immense popularity for its effectiveness in correcting vision. This remarkable procedure has helped millions of individuals worldwide achieve clearer eyesight and lessen their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. 

What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a type of refractive surgery. It involves the use of lasers to reshape the cornea, the clear front window part of the eye. Irregularities in the cornea’s shape can cause vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. 

During the LASIK procedure, a thin flap is first created on the cornea to access the underlying tissue. The excimer laser removes minute amounts of corneal tissue to correct the refractive error. The flap is then repositioned without the need for stitches. LASIK is a personalized procedure that addresses each person’s unique vision prescription, and the surgeon takes utmost care to ensure that the surgery meets the individual’s specific needs.

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How Does LASIK Eye Surgery Work?

The surgeon creates a thin flap on the cornea to begin the LASIK procedure. This flap acts like a hinge, allowing access to the underlying tissue. The excimer laser, a highly precise and cool ultraviolet beam, is then used to remove microscopic layers of corneal tissue. The laser vaporizes the tissue, reshaping the cornea and correcting the refractive error. This step is personalized to address each person’s specific needs, considering their unique vision prescription.

What is Recovery Like After LASIK Eye Surgery?

After LASIK surgery, some discomfort, dryness, or a foreign body sensation may occur, but these are normal and typically subside within a few hours. Prescription eye drops will be given to help with the healing process and prevent infection. It is essential to take it easy and avoid strenuous activities that could strain the eyes during the first few days. Rubbing or touching the eyes is discouraged, as it may disrupt the healing process.

The recovery process after LASIK surgery is different for everyone. There may be fluctuations in vision with some haziness or blurriness in the first 24 to 48 hours. Significant improvements are often observed within this timeframe. Most people can return to their usual activities within a day or two. 

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Am I a Good Candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery?

Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK. The success of the procedure is dependent on overall eye health, and the corneas need to be thick enough to withstand the surgery. A thorough evaluation by an experienced eye surgeon is necessary to determine whether LASIK is the best option for vision correction.

Dr. Wu helped me get Lasik and now my vision is great! No more contacts or glasses. I had dry eye afterwards but that was expected; followed instructions and now all is good. Thank you!
John w.

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