About LASIK Eye Surgery
LASIK eye surgery is the most frequently performed elective surgery in North America. This highly effective outpatient procedure is often referred to as refractive surgery or laser eye surgery.
LASIK eye surgery is used to correct the following vision problems:
- Myopia (Nearsightedness)
- Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
Custom LASIK is LASIK eye surgery at its most refined. Every eye has its imperfections. Custom LASIK utilizes new Wavefront technology that helps your surgeon customize the laser treatment to your individual eyes. The precision of custom LASIK allows for the most accurate vision correction possible.
Bladeless LASIK with Femtosecond laser technology is the first "all laser" LASIK procedure. Bladeless LASIK uses a gentle laser to create a precise, uniform corneal flap. As the name implies, no blades are used in this customizable eye surgery.
How LASIK Eye Surgery Works
The LASIK procedure is performed by ophthalmologists, medical doctors who specialize in surgical treatments of the eye. Here is a general outline of the procedure:
- Anesthetic eye drops are applied to the eye.
- The LASIK surgeon creates a protective flap to access the inner corneal tissue. During this part of the procedure, your vision dims and becomes blurry for about a minute. After the flap is created you are able to see the flashing fixation light of the laser and the bright lights used for the procedure.
- Next the inner layers of your cornea receive computer-controlled pulses of cool laser light. Although the laser light is invisible, the laser makes a clicking sound as it gently reshapes the inner corneal layer to improve and in many cases, eliminate your prescription. During this part of the procedure, an eye-tracking device tracks your eye movements to ensure precise correction.
- Following the re-shaping of the tissue, the LASIK surgeon carefully repositions and aligns the flap to its original position. Protective shields are placed over your eye to prevent accidental rubbing as the flap heals naturally and securely over the next several hours.
- After the LASIK eye surgery procedure, patients feel moderate discomfort and irritation for a few hours, but most are comfortable after a nap and rest.
Determining Your Candidacy for LASIK Eye Surgery
During a complimentary consultation at our office, one of our specialists will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine your candidacy for LASIK surgery. In addition to being in good health, patients must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have only moderate farsightedness or astigmatism (LASIK can treat even severe cases of nearsightedness)
- Have stable vision (consistent glasses or contacts prescription for at least a year before the procedure)
- Have adequate corneal thickness
- Be free of eye injuries or infection
- Not be currently pregnant or nursing
It is also important for our patients to understand that certain eye problems, such as amblyopia (lazy eye) or strabismus (muscle imbalance) may negatively affect your candidacy. We are happy to work closely with you to address these conditions first, referring you to a specialist, if needed, in order to improve your chances of being approved for LASIK surgery in the future.
Schedule a Consultation with Us Today
If you would like to decrease your need for corrective eye wear, we can determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery. Schedule a complimentary consultation at our centres today to undergo an initial LASIK evaluation.