LASIK, which stands for “Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis,” is a popular surgical procedure used to correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. In this procedure, a laser is used to reshape the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, in order to improve the way light is focused on the retina at the back of the eye.
During LASIK surgery, the patient’s eye is numbed with anesthetic drops, and a small flap is created on the surface of the cornea using a microkeratome or a femtosecond laser. This flap is then lifted, and the excimer laser is used to reshape the underlying corneal tissue. The laser removes tiny amounts of tissue in a precise pattern to correct the patient’s vision. Once the reshaping is complete, the flap is carefully repositioned, where it adheres naturally without the need for stitches.
LASIK is generally considered safe and effective, with a high success rate and minimal side effects. It is a quick procedure that typically takes only about 10-15 minutes per eye, and most patients can return to work and resume normal activities within a day or two.
LASIK is most suitable for adults who have stable vision and are in good overall health. Patients with certain eye conditions or diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma, or severe dry eye, may not be eligible for LASIK.
Before undergoing the procedure, patients should undergo a thorough eye exam to determine if LASIK is the best option for them. If LASIK is not a good fit, other surgical or non-surgical options may be recommended.
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