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LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis)

LASIK or Lasik (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a type of refractive surgery for correcting myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. The procedure involves permanently reshaping the cornea (the transparent part of the eye in front) with an Excimer laser.

Procedure

During LASIK, the eye surgeon creates a thin surface flap of the cornea, exposing the underlying tissues (stromal bed) to which the Excimer laser beam is applied to reshape the cornea and change its power. Once the laser ablation is completed, the surgeon gently replaces the corneal surface flap. The procedure is typically performed under topical (eye drop) anesthesia. During the surgery you will be asked to lie down on the operating table and focus on a light above.

The entire LASIK procedure lasts only 20 minutes and the laser delivery itself takes less than a minute. Lasik is usually done for both eyes together as it gives a better visual recovery. You can return home a few hours after the surgery and go back to work after one to three days.

Every procedure is tailored to the patients' corneal curvature and refraction with the intention to preserve the natural aspheric cornea shape and to maintain or improve quality of vision and visual acuity.

It is common to experience varying degrees of discomfort beginning 30-90 minutes following the surgery as the numbing drops begin to wear off. It is advisable to go home, close both eyes and rest for the remainder of the day following the LASIK procedure.