What is LASIK ?
There are several types of refractive procedures that manipulate the eye to improve vision. The most popular corrective surgery is known as LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis). LASIK involves reshaping the cornea using incisions and lasers. An incision creates a flap which is folded back. Lasers are then used to reshape the middle layer of the cornea and correct the vision. The flap is folded back and allowed to heal, resulting in much clearer vision. Other procedures include LASEK, PRK, and RK.
Is Laser Surgery for me?
Not everyone is a candidate for Refractive Surgery. Candidates should be over 18 years of age. If you are pregnant, nursing, or suffering from a number of diseases, you probably are not a good candidate for Refractive Surgery. You are also not eligible if your prescription has changed a great deal over the past year. Talk to your eye doctor about surgery. He will be able discuss your candidacy, the risks you may encounter, and recommend how to proceed.
Is the Procedure Safe?
In rare cases, there have been complications that have arisen after the procedure, including droopy eyelids, constant discomfort, or inability to wear contact lenses, or glare and halos during night vision. In even rarer cases, there have been complications during the procedure.