LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) is a laser vision correction technique that uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea and correct a wide range of near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism.
It starts with a microkeratome (mechanical blade) or a precision femtosecond laser, used to create a thin surface flap of your cornea in seconds. Then the excimer laser, which has been programmed with your exact correction, applies a rapid, cool ultraviolet light that precisely removes a very small amount of tissue from the inner portion of the cornea. These short laser pulses correct the curvature of the cornea, allowing your vision to be focused clearly on the retina. The flap is then gently kept back into its original position where it quickly bonds back in place, restoring a smooth, intact surface.
Some basic requirements are: Healthy cornea, age 18 years or above and no active eye disease.
The decision to have laser vision correction depends on the results of a thorough evaluation. Just as you are a unique individual, each eye requires unique and careful examination. At Smartvision Eye Hospitals, we complete a comprehensive eye evaluation to determine whether or not you are suitable for laser vision correction.
LASIK is a broad term for all the laser vision correction procedures available. At Smartvision Eye Hospitals we have PRK, Trans PRK, LASIK, FEMTO LASIK, SMILE and FEMTO CONTOURA procedures. Depending on your evaluation, we suggest the best procedure which benefits you in the long term.
Even if you are not eligible for LASIK, there are other options to help you get rid of glasses.
All surgeries carry some risk of complications and side effects, but LASIK is generally considered a safe procedure with a low complication rate. In fact, LASIK is one of the safest elective surgical procedures available today, with a complication rate estimated to be less than 1%.
In general, most people who have LASIK eye surgery achieve 20/20 vision or better, which works well for daily activities and eliminates their need for visual aids such as contact lenses and glasses. But most people still eventually require reading glasses at some point in their future.
Presbyopia, an age-related condition causes natural and normal changes in the lens, located in the back of your eye. This condition eventually affect all people, including those who have undergone laser eye surgery.
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