Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is a popular form of eye surgery used to correct vision by reshaping the cornea, the clear front part of the eye. By reshaping the cornea, light rays can be properly focused onto the retina at the back of the eye.
Most people who undergo LASIK achieve 20/20 vision or better and the procedure is in most cases pain-free and completed within 15 minutes. Consult your eye-care professional before opting for LASIK so that they can evaluate the health of your eyes and to determine whether this procedure is for you.
During the procedure, the surgeon first creates an ultra-thin circular flap in the cornea in order to access the stroma. Once the flap is created, an excimer laser is used to painlessly remove small amounts of corneal tissue. An excimer laser focuses pulses of ultraviolet light that reshapes the cornea according to your personal prescription. For example, to correct farsightedness, the cornea is made to be steeper. Afterwards, the flap is replaced and allowed to naturally heal.
After surgery, you are expected to rest your eyes, which means avoiding driving and limiting strenuous activities. You should also refrain from touching your eyes and ensure you use the required topical anesthetic drops provided by your doctor.
Although it’s highly successful in treating nearsightedness and distance vision, there’s still a good possibility of needing reading glasses after the procedure-especially for those over 40. Around this time, there’s a natural aging change of the eye’s lens called presbyopia. As the lens progressively hardens, it becomes more and more difficult to read small print.
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