LASIK eye surgery works to reduce or eliminate the need for corrective lenses
such as contacts or glasses. LASIK stands for "laser-assisted in situ
In the first step of LASIK surgery, a thin flap is made in the flat
surface of the eye, known as the cornea. The flap is made in either one
of two ways: your ophthalmologist will use either a metal instrument
called a microkeratome or an Intralase laser using the energy from
ultraviolet beam. In the second step, your surgeon will then fold back
the flap and precisely reshape the corneal tissue with what is called an
excimer laser. In the final step, the flap is repositioned over the
cornea, serving as a bandage.
LASIK surgery improves your vision during the second step, during
which the laser remodels the cornea’s shape. During this process, the
cornea is reshaped allowing more light to enter the eye and the retina,
resulting in sharper vision. Your surgeon will flatten the too-steep
cornea if you are nearsighted, and shape your cornea into a steeper
shape if you are farsighted. Your surgeon can even reshape the eye if
you have astigmatism.
LASIK has a high patient satisfaction rating that is linked to low
pain association while the surgery is performed along with results as
early as the next day.
As prior to any surgery, one of our eye doctors will perform a
comprehensive eye exam to determine if your eyes are healthy enough for
the procedure and to determine how much laser reshaping would be
necessary for optimal vision correction. If you live in or around Rolla
feel free to contact our
offices and schedule an appointment for a consultation today to
discuss how to best improve your vision.
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