How LASIK Surgery Works

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 10-Aug-2012

lasik-eye-surgeryLASIK eye surgery is becoming increasingly more popular as a form of vision correction. LASIK can be used to treat a number of eye conditions, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. While most people may understand that LASIK eye surgery is performed using a laser, their knowledge does not extend beyond that.

Before undergoing any medical procedure, including LASIK eye surgery, it may be helpful to understand how the procedure works.

First of all, it’s important to understand that not all laser eye surgery is the same. Different lasers are used in different procedures, and will produce varying results. The doctors at Key-Whitman use the Wavelight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q for OptiLASIK™ and Intralase® blade-free lasers to perform LASIK eye surgery.

During the surgery procedure, a flap is created using IntraLase and it is gently lifted and folded back. The laser reshapes the underlying corneal tissue by emitting a computer-controlled beam of light that removes the exact amount of tissue in a matter of seconds. The corneal flap is then placed back into its original position. Due to the cornea's extraordinary bonding qualities, no stitches or patches are required.

OptiLASIK is designed to adapt to the unique curvature of your eye, reshaping it more closely to the curve of an ideal, natural eye. As a result, OptiLASIK™ helps preserve the quality of your vision by ensuring your eyes are reshaped to be able to focus more accurately.

Though different lasers and technology may be used, traditional LASIK eye surgery corrects vision by creating a flap in the cornea. The flap is folded back and the curvature of the eye is reshaped. Your vision is dependent on how your eye is shaped. When the curvature of your eye is reshaped, your eye will refract light more precisely, allowing you to see more clearly.

If you’re interested in correcting your vision with LASIK, take a minute to fill out this brief questionnaire to determine whether you may be a candidate for LASIK laser eye surgery.

The decision to have LASIK is an important one that ultimately only you can make. It is important to have realistic expectations and that your decision is based on facts, not hopes or misconceptions. As with any surgery, there are risks and the possibility of complications. These will be discussed in the office.

While there are many who benefit from LASIK, there are potential side effects including glare from bright lights, halos (rings around lights), light sensitivity, night driving glare, and visual fluctuation. Your individual risks will be discussed at the time of your consultation. For more information regarding the risks and benefits associated with the Wavelight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q treatment, please visit or

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