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What LASIK Can Do

LASIK (pronounced "Lay-sik") can improve your vision. This procedure reshapes the cornea (surface of the eye), helping you to more clearly focus what you see. Advanced laser technology makes LASIK fast and often painless. Vision begins to improve soon after surgery, and may become stable within weeks.

Today's LASIK Technology

Tools that your eye doctor may use during LASIK include:

An excimer laser, which produces a concentrated beam of cool ultraviolet (UV) light. Each pulse of this laser can remove a tiny portion of corneal tissue. An excimer laser is so accurate that it can cut a notch in a human hair. It generates no heat and is gentle to tissue.

A microkeratome, a microsurgical instrument that can make extremely thin, precise cuts.

A femtosecond laser, which produces rapid pulses of light. Like a microkeratome, it can make thin, precise cuts.

What You Should Consider

LASIK is not for everyone. Be sure to discuss your medical history with your eye doctor. The following checklist helps patients determine whether they would be a potential LASIK canadidate for LASIK eye surgery.:

            1. LASIK eye surgery candidates must be at least 18 years of age and your vision & prescription has been stable (not worsened) for at least one year.

            2. Your prescription for distnace vision needs to match a certain minimal strength, and that prescription strength (glasses or contacts) must meed FDA approved guidelines for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Pupils should not be larger than 8.5mm in the dark due to increased risk of vision glare and halos at night and decreased night vision.

            3. Your eyes should have a healthy retina, eye pressure and the cornea must have sufficient thickness.

            4. You should have no major eye diseases, no evidence of collagen vascular or autoimmune diseases, no recent history of an ocular (eye) herpes, eye infection or inflamation, excessive corneal disease / scarring or severely dry eyes.

            5. You should not be a pregnant or a nursing mother.

            6. You should have realistic vision expectations about LASIK eye surgery outcomes and must also be willing to accept the potential surgical risks, procedural complications and visual side effects of LASIK surgery.

            7. You should not have uncontrolled (unmanaged) diabetes, certain rheumatologic conditions (e.g. lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjorgens Disease).


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