What is LASIK Surgery?
Over 99 percent of our LASIK patients achieve vision of 20/40 in each eye, or better, following their procedure.LASIK (Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is the latest refractive surgery procedure now used to nearsightedness and farsightedness.
LASIK has a wonderful record for both safety and effectiveness, with rapid recovery time and little or no postoperative discomfort. In most instances, surgery is performed on both eyes the same day.
LASIK employs state-of-the-art technology in a matter of seconds to reshape the cornea of the eye and dramatically improve vision.
Myopia & Hyperopia
It is an outpatient procedure used to correct both Myopia (nearsightedness) and Hyperopia (farsightedness). The only difference in the approach to these two conditions is in the way the laser is used to reshape the cornea.
- When correcting farsightedness, tissue is removed around the edges of the cornea, increasing the curvature of the eye.
- When correcting nearsightedness, the goal is to flatten the cornea.
An Astigmatism describes a cornea with an irregular shape, like a football, which causes vision to be distorted.
With the LASIK procedure, the laser is used to correct your Astigmatism even as it corrects nearsightedness or farsightedness.
NCEENT & LASIK
LASIK is done in our Durham Office as an outpatient procedure.
LASIK Surgery Procedure
- Patients need to be in our office for approximately 2 hours on the day of surgery.
- You will be given Valium and numbing eye drops upon arrival. You will be fully awake during the operation.
- Once your eye is completely numb, the Surgeon uses a laser to make a thin corneal flap.
- The Surgeon folds back this flap of tissue, and the excimer laser uses its precise, cold beam of ultraviolet light to reshape the cornea.
- Every detail of the procedure is programmed and controlled by computer.
- The laser beam is so accurate that it can cut notches in a human hair.
- As the surgeon completes use of the laser, the corneal flap is folded back in place, where it adheres without the need for stitches.
After the LASIK Procedure
The entire procedure is often completed within five or six minutes.
Typically, patients will have blurry vision immediately after the procedure. Functional vision is restored within 24 hours, with most patients returning to work within a day.
The entire procedure is pain-free. Maximum vision improvement comes within three to four weeks after surgery.
Perhaps one recent patient summed it up best of all:
“Yesterday, I was completely dependent on my glasses in virtually all aspects of my life: for work, for taking care of my family, for most of our recreational activities.
Today, just 24 hours later, I have 20/20 vision in both eyes, after a completely painless laser surgery procedure. The doctor told me the technology was safe and wonderful. I told him I disagreed. I think it’s a miracle.”
Would you like to speak to someone about LASIK? Call Christy Glosson at 919-595-2160