LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) eye surgery is a laser procedure used to correct common vision problems. LASIK helps reduce, or
in many cases eliminate, your dependence on prescription glasses and contact lenses. If you believe you might be a candidate for this procedure, you should meet with an optometry professional
for a consultation.
LASIK Eye Surgery Overview
LASIK surgery is a type of refractive surgery, which means it changes the shape of the cornea at the front of the eye. By changing the shape of the cornea, the surgeon is able to bend the light rays so that they are more precisely focused on your retina, with the ultimate goal being to produce clearer vision.
LASIK eye surgery is an option for people who experience the following vision problems:
- Nearsightedness – People with this issue, also known as myopia, see close objects clearly, but not those that are farther away.
- Farsightedness – Also known as hyperopia, this vision problem causes near vision to seem blurry or distant.
- Astigmatism – This vision issue impacts the clarity of both near and distant vision.
Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery. It is important to discuss with your optometrist if this procedure is right for you. The experienced team at Crisp Vision Optometry can help you better understand the procedure and your options at your next appointment.
The LASIK procedure begins with the surgeon using a mechanical tool, called a microkeratome or femtosecond laser, to create a thin flap on the cornea. Then the eye surgeon will fold back the flap and remove corneal tissue using the excimer laser. This tool allows the surgeon to remove small amounts of corneal tissue in order to reshape the cornea for improved vision. After this is complete, the eye surgeon will then lay the flap back into place, and the cornea will heal naturally.
This procedure is usually painless, and patients experience little to no post-surgery discomfort. Some patients experience blurry vision and haziness after surgery, but this is usually gone by the next morning.
What is IntraLASIK?
IntraLASIK has changed the way that some LASIK procedures are performed. Whereas in conventional LASIK surgery the initial flap is made using a mechanical device, with IntraLASIK, this flap is created using a precision laser device. This allows the optometry professional to create a more precise flap without utilizing a blade. The main benefit of this method is that it is a more precise way to create the flap which can be useful for patients who have thin corneas.
Just like LASIK, you should discuss with your optometrist if you are a good candidate for IntraLASIK. The team at Crisp Vision Optometry would be happy to discuss the applications and potential complications of this procedure with you further at your next appointment.
At Crisp Vision Optometry, your vision and eye health are our primary concerns. If you are considering Lasik surgery, contact us now to make an appointment for a consultation with an experienced optometrist at one of our two locations in Monterrey or Salinas. We look forward to meeting you!