WHAT IS LASIK?
LASIK, which reduces or eliminates a person’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses, has quickly become the refractive procedure of choice for most patients. They recover quickly, have fewer side effects and complications than with other procedures, and often notice a significant improvement in their vision soon after surgery.
LASIK corrects refractive errors by reshaping or flattening the curve of the cornea, the clear layer of tissue covering the front of the eye. First a thin flap is made on the cornea using the WaveLight® FS200 Femtosecond Laser, making LASIK an all-laser procedure. The flap is carefully pulled back, and the cornea is reshaped using precise short pulses of ultraviolet light from an excimer laser. The flap is then smoothed back to its original position. The entire procedure takes just a few minutes.
To treat nearsightedness, tissue is removed from the central zone of the cornea. This shifts the point of focus from in front of the retina to directly on the retina.
To treat farsightedness, the cornea is made steeper by removing tissue outside of the central zone of the cornea. This shifts the point of focus from beyond the retina to directly on the retina.
Often nearsightedness or farsightedness is accompanied by astigmatism, which can be treated simultaneously by making the cornea more spherical.
At Diagnostic Eye Center in Houston, you will find that we perform thorough testing to determine if our patients are good candidates for vision correction surgery. To find out if you qualify for LASIK or for an alternative refractive procedure, call our office today to schedule your free, no obligation consultation. We look forward to sharing this life changing experience with you!