How LASIK Works
LASIK is short for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. It is the latest technology in corrective laser eye surgery, a process wherein a layer of corneal tissue is lifted in front of a patient’s cornea so as to allow a laser to reshape the cornea. The process involves the use of an excimer laser, which is highly effective in reshaping the cornea with the use of energy. In this way, the focus is shifted from the patient’s nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism to the near and the far sightedness, respectively. Since LASIK surgeries are relatively safe, many people are choosing to get LASIK rather than get another eye surgery procedure.
First, the surgeon will make an incision at the back of the eye (not behind it). A thin flap is made to cover the corneal tissue that was lifted in order to flatten it out; the corneal flap is then folded back by using a metal ring, thus keeping the surgeon’s scalpel away from the eye. Then, the surgeon will use an excimer laser to reshape the top layers of corneal tissue. This will make your eyes look clearer; you may also experience slight blurring of image or halos. Within two to four weeks, your eyes should show small recoveries, meaning that you have experienced less glare.
In conclusion, LASIK is an excellent procedure that can help you get rid of your glasses or contact lenses. However, you need to talk to your doctor to be able to determine whether you are suitable to have lasik surgery – it is important to know that the procedure can’t be done on children or pregnant women. If you do not suffer from any of these limitations, then you are good to go!