LASIK eye surgery (laser in-situ keratomileusis) is the preferred and most
common laser eye surgery procedure to correct
(hyperopia). Farsightedness is a common refractive error that causes light
to incorrectly bounce off the retina, skewing vision.
Farsightedness occurs when the eye is too short. The focal point of the
eye is beyond the retina, and in an eye that is farsighted, light is not
focused by the time it reaches the retina. As a result, an individual
with farsightedness may be able to see clearly at a distance, but will
strain to see and read up close. Contact lenses and eyeglasses made with
curves to properly refract the light may be used to correct vision, but
LASIK eye surgery can reduce or eliminate a dependence on prescription
lenses due to farsightedness.
The LASIK procedure may vary based on the laser used. The doctors at Key-Whitman
use the Wavelight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q for
and femtosecond blade-free lasers to perform LASIK eye surgery. During
the LASIK procedure, a thin flap in the cornea is created using a laser
and 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 just a matter of seconds. Following the
reshaping of the tissue, the corneal flap is put back into place.
After undergoing laser eye surgery, protective goggles will be used to
shield the eyes overnight. LASIK eye surgery can also cause dry eyes,
so patients are given prescription eye drops to keep the eyes moist and
prevent infection and inflammation following surgery. Vision may be blurry
or hazy the first day following surgery, but most patients will notice
improved vision within the first few days following surgery.
If you have been diagnosed with farsightedness, nearsightedness or any
other refractive error in your vision and use prescribed eyeglasses or
contact lenses to correct your vision,
contact Key-Whitman for a free consultation
to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK eye surgery.
Do you have questions about how LASIK eye surgery can correct refractive
errors such as farsightedness? Ask us in the comments below or on our