LASIK 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 visithttp://www.alconsurgical.com/wavelight-allegretto-wave-eye-Q-laser.aspx or
When considering your eye care, be sure to stay up to date with the latest
news and information about our life-changing services at Key-Whitman Eye
Center. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay connected!