Eyesight is a complex and beautiful thing. For some people, the sight that they were born with requires them to wear glasses or contacts. Eyes are one of the best things for communication, so it makes sense that many people with less than perfect eyesight want to correct it. There are many ways that people can go about correcting their vision, but one of the easiest ways is to undergo LASIK, which eliminates the need for costly eyeglasses and contact lenses.
What Is LASIK
LASIK is the most commonly performed type of laser eye surgery. LASIK works to reshape the cornea, which is responsible for light that enters the eye. By reshaping the cornea, it allows the eye the proper focus it needs to create clear vision. LASIK is an extremely easy and fast procedure, which makes it ideal for people who have busy schedules, but still want to benefit from receiving clearer vision. Most patients who receive LASIK find that their vision improves almost instantly, within the first 24 hours after the procedure has been finished.
How Is LASIK Performed?
Before LASIK surgery, your LASIK surgeon will apply numbing drops to your eyes. This is to ensure that you stay comfortable during surgery and leaves room for easy healing afterwards. After the numbing drops are applied, LASIK is performed by using either a microkeratome or a femtosecond laser. These tools are used to create a small and thin flap in the cornea of the eye. Once the flap has been created in the cornea, your LASIK surgeon will then fold the flap backwards, and remove excess corneal tissue by using an excimer laser. The excimer laser ablates the tissue, and then reshapes the cornea. By reshaping it, the cornea can let in more light, which allows light to be focused more accurately in the eyes, improving vision. After ablation, the flap is put back into place on the cornea, and covers the area where the excess tissue has been removed. This lets the cornea heal naturally, helping in the recovery process.
Recovery after LASIK varies from patient to patient. However, the vast majority of patients will be comfortable and seeing well within 1 to 3 days after their surgery. In Dr. Procope’s hands, 95% of his patients achieve 20/20 or better vision. Contact LasikPlus for an appointment today.