LASIK Eye Surgery
If you are considering LASIK eye surgery, choosing a good LASIK surgeon is the first step to better vision. An experienced eye surgeon who specializes in LASIK is the best person to evaluate whether LASIK is right for you. Your LASIK surgeon will examine you to determine the health of your eyes, the vision correction needed and how much corneal tissue removal (ablation) will be needed. A medical history with any health conditions will be taken that will identify any conditions that may disqualify you as a candidate for LASIK eye surgery.
LASIK eye surgery uses a laser to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The procedure uses a laser or micokeratome blade to cut a thin flap in the cornea. Then some corneal tissue underneath is removed using an excimer laser. Finally, the flap is replaced over the area where the tissue was removed.
Proper vision correction requires a different type of corneal tissue removal. Nearsighted people need to flatten a too-steep cornea, while farsighted people need a steeper cornea. Astigmatism is corrected by smoothing irregularities into a more normal shape.
If LASIK is not an appropriate surgery for you, another laser eye surgery such as PRK, LASEK or epi-LASIK may be found to be more appropriate. Your prescription and eye structure help determine which procedure is best for you. It is also possible that non-laser procedures may give you the best correction for your eyes.
LASIK is an outpatient procedure, so you usually return home the same day. The LASIK surgeon uses a computer to adjust the laser to make the correction according to your prescription. During the procedure, you will be asked to look at a target light for a short time while the laser sends pulses of light to painlessly reshape your cornea. The actual LASIK surgery usually takes less than five minutes.
McDougal Eye Center does not perform LASIK eye surgery, but does perform both pre-operative and post-operative surgery procedures and testing, coordinating your care with your LASIK eye surgeon. Call McDougal Eye Center today to ask more about LASIK eye surgery and other kinds of vision correction surgeries. Or ask for information during your annual eye exam.
Since innovations in eye care are continually emerging, the doctors at McDougal Eye Center will be able to discuss your best eye care options.
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