This is some general information regarding LASIK Eye Surgery.
As I’m sure you’re aware LASIK Eye vision correction surgery is becoming more and more popular for those people looking for an alternative to glasses or contacts. I recently had a conversation with one of the leading LASIK Eye Surgeons in the Atlanta GA area.
Here is some general information on LASIK surgery.
LASIK or Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis is a surgical procedure that corrects myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. LASIK is performed using a laser to gently reshape the cornea under a protective flap of tissue. Leading providers use the AMO/VISX CustomVue Laser and IntraLASE systems.
The LASIK procedure utilizes two proven surgical techniques to correct vision errors – the creation of the corneal flap and the use of the computer controlled excimer laser. The creation of the corneal flap was first introduced more than 30 years ago and has been successfully performed and perfected by surgeons worldwide. Using a laser (Intralase) or an automated microsurgical device known as a microkeratome, a protective flap of corneal tissue is created which covers the area to be reshaped by the laser.
The second technique uses a computer-controlled excimer laser with a cold, ultraviolet beam to gently sculpt the cornea, removing microscopic amounts of tissue to change the shape and allow the eye to focus more clearly. The shape or curvature of the cornea affects the eyes focusing ability. In nearsighted patients, the laser will flatten the curvature of the cornea. In farsighted patients, the laser steepens the cornea. For patients with astigmatism, the laser will contour or make the cornea more spherical in shape.