Laser vision correction procedures have improved eyesight for millions of people worldwide, and have become part of the American way of life. LASIK remains the most successful laser procedure in the world to reduce the dependence on glasses and contacts.
LASIK is an acronym for Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis. It utilizes cool ultraviolet light energy from an Excimer laser to reshape the curvature of the cornea and focus light on the retina. The majority of patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism can benefit greatly from this technology.
The ten minute LASIK procedure consists of three basic steps. During IntraLase, a thin layer of the cornea is lifted using a laser. Next, the Excimer laser pulses gently reshape the corneal surface. Finally, after the laser treatment has been completed, the corneal flap is replaced in its original position and allowed to seal into place.
The entire procedure is fast, effective, and pain-free. If desired, both eyes can be treated during the same treatment session.