|Creation of the flap||The flap is lifted to
expose the stroma
|The excimer laser is
applied to reshape
|The flap is laid back
LASIK Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)
LASIK is a surgical procedure to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism that utilizes the microkeratome to create a corneal flap of about one-third of the total corneal thickness. The excimer laser is then used to reshape the exposed middle layer of the cornea. The flap is finally put back to assume a new shape created by the excimer laser
Advantage of LASIK
- LASIK makes permanent changes to correct refractive errors
- Quick surgery and rapid recovery
- Minimal temporary side effects
- Quick return of usable vision
- No injections, no sutures (only numbing eyedrops)
LASIK and the Improvement of Quality of Life
- LASIK can eliminate risks associated with long term contact lens wear
- LASIK can increase convenience in everyday life
- LASIK can allow more freedom in many activities, especially water and outdoor sports.
- LASIK can improve your self-confidence
Who may be qualified for LASIK?
- People who are at least 18 years of age and have had stable vision for at least one year.
- People with no corneal diseases (i.e. severe dry eyes or keratoconus), other eye diseases (i.e. retinal degeneration) or any other systemic problems which may affect the eye's healing process (i.e. SLE, Sjogren's, or other immune related deficiencies)
- Women who are not pregnant or breastfeeding
- People who have a complete and detailed understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the surgery, and have realistic expectations of the outcomes.
Remarks : LASIK is a surgical procedure to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. Patients with presbyopia can consider Near Vision LASIK (NV LASIK) treatment.