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How Does LASIK Work?

You’ve likely heard of LASIK vision correction laser eye surgery as it is an extremely popular treatment for vision correction. More than 20 million LASIK procedures have been performed in the US since it was FDA approved, and more than 7,000 clinical studies have been done on the procedure proving its safety and effectiveness. Still, if you’re considering LASIK, you might not understand exactly how the procedure works, and you might have some questions or concerns. So, let’s walk you through it.

What was LASIK designed to do?

The LASIK procedure was designed to help correct a wide range of vision problems which could make you less dependent on glasses or contacts. Many patients find they don’t need glasses or contacts at all after surgery. This can help you live a freer, more active life – go hiking, biking, swimming and more without worrying about your vision. LASIK can treat the broadest range of vision imperfections including mild to severe nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and other common issues.

What happens during a LASIK procedure?

Once you are qualified by an eye surgeon to proceed with LASIK surgery, he or she will examine your eyes and then numb them with a topical anesthesia. An instrument will hold your eye open, and then the surgeon will create a thin, circular flap on the very surface of the eye. This takes just a few seconds. Then that flap will be gently peeled back to expose the area just under the surface, inside the cornea, where vision correction will take place.

A computer-guided excimer laser is then used to reshape the cornea to address your specific vision problem. The flap is then placed back over your cornea where it acts as a natural band-aid to assist in the healing process. And you’re done! LASIK usually only takes about 15 minutes. Your eyes will be examined again after the procedure and then again, the next day. Note that you will likely experience blurry vision for a little while after the surgery. This is normal and usually clears up within a week.

How has LASIK technology improved over the years?

Laser vision correction eye surgery was first approved by the FDA in 1995, although that was a “flapless” iteration of LASIK. The basic procedure we now use was approved in the year 2000 – however, over the next two decades, stunning advancements in technology have revolutionized LASIK, increasing its safety, and improving vision outcomes. Tyson Eye uses Wavefront Optimized® LASIK and the advanced Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Excimer laser system – both of which are proven safe and effective and offer precise and personalized treatment. If you were turned down for LASIK in the past, today’s advancements may make it possible for you to get LASIK now.

Am I a candidate for LASIK?

More people than ever are potential candidates for the LASIK procedure, but it’s not a good fit for everyone. To qualify for LASIK, you must be over the age of 18, be in good health, have a stable prescription for more than a year, and be willing to remove your contact lenses for a few weeks before surgery. If you have any eye/corneal diseases (such as keratoconus or dry eye syndrome), or are pregnant or nursing, LASIK is likely not a good option for you. Take our LASIK Candidacy Test to see if you’re a candidate for laser eye surgery, or simply schedule your free LASIK evaluation with one of our dedicated and experienced eye surgeons today.

What Others Have to Say

“The biggest thing I wanted to change was being able to see my audience.” Ray Gomes, a branding and marketing specialist, said getting the LASIK procedure allowed him to not only see again, but also return to a more active lifestyle. Now, whether he’s ballroom dancing, playing soccer or just hanging out with friends, he’s enjoying the clearer view. See Ray’s testimonial.

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Tyson Eye is regarded as one of the premier eye care centers in Southwest Florida. Our surgeons and doctors have helped thousands of people enjoy better vision and have consistently introduced break-through technology to the area, including the latest advancements in LASIK. Tyson Eye is committed to excellence by delivering modern technology with old fashioned concern.

Interested in enhancing your vision through LASIK? Contact us to a free consultation today or call 239-542-2020.