LASIK is a popular laser refractive surgery available for correcting vision problems. Each year, more than one million LASIK procedures are performed in the United States. LASIK is quick and painless with little to no discomfort after the procedure. Vision issues that can be corrected include nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. With the use of a special technique called monovision, it can also reduce the need for reading glasses among patients over age 40 who wear bifocals.
Good candidates for LASIK should be at least 18 years old, have healthy eyes, and have adequate corneal thickness. Having chronic dry eyes, corneal diseases, or other abnormalities may disqualify you from having LASIK surgery. To find out whether you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery, a comprehensive eye exam is required. Some questions that may be asked to determine your candidacy for LASIK might include:
LASIK is an elective procedure. During the procedure, the eye surgeon creates a thin, hinged flap of tissue on your cornea using either a laser or an instrument called a microkeratome. This flap is folded back and the reshaping of your eye begins. The actual procedure takes about 15 minutes to perform on both eyes. After the LASIK treatment, the flap is repositioned and you are free to leave the surgery center on the same day.
The blue-chip team at American Eye Institute possess extensive expertise and experience and the widest array of leading-edge technology and surgical approaches, including:
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