ABOUT LASIK?

Dr. August Pasquale, M.D.
Dr. Pasquale

For anyone who wears glasses or contact lenses, the chance to see more clearly with your own eyes is an exciting idea.  The goal of LASIK is to reduce or eliminate refractive errors including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, so you can rely less on glasses and contacts.

LASIK vision correction has the highest patient satisfaction rate of any elective surgery: 95.4%, according to a 10-year survey of scientific studies from around the world. And new advances in technology now deliver better outcomes than ever.

The majority of patients enjoy 20/20 vision or better after laser vision correction. Nearly all patients achieve 20/40 or better, which is fully functional and good enough to drive legally in most states without corrective lenses.

Keep in mind-if you’ve developed symptoms of farsightedness later in life (after about age 40), you may have presbyopia rather than farsightedness. LASIK may still be able to help, but you should also consider other presbyopia surgeries.

How LASIK works  LASIK, which stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis, uses a highly specialized laser-called an excimer laser-to reshape the cornea and give you focused vision.

An excimer laser emits pulses of concentrated, cool, invisible ultraviolet light. When targeted to specific spots on the cornea, it gently and precisely reshapes the cornea by removing extremely tiny amounts of tissue (25 100,000ths of a millimeter at a time), without disturbing other tissue.

About LASIK

There are a number of types of LASIK and different laser vision correction techniques (see other surgeries) to choose from. Your surgeon will carefully evaluate your eyes, health history and refractive error, as well as your age, lifestyle and career considerations to help you decide if LASIK is right for you and which type is best for you.

Source: Eye Surgery Education Council, http://eyesurgeryeducation.org

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