What is Lasik?
The name "LASIK" is short for laser in-situ keratomileusis. Like photorefractive keratectomy which utilizes the Excimer Laser, LASIK reshapes the cornea with laser technology. The shape of the cornea is what determines whether you are nearsighted, farsighted, have astigmatism or have normal vision.
Are You A Lasik Candidate?
To determine whether LASIK is right for you, we invite you to have a consultation with one of our doctors. The evaluation can confirm that your degree of myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism is within the proper range, make sure that you are currently free of any eye disease and discuss other details of both your case and the LASIK procedure. You should bring your glasses or contacts with you. Please contact us to determine whether you are a candidate for LASIK.
"The decision I made to have my LASIK procedure performed at Eyecare Associates was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Everyone was just great. I felt at ease being cared for by my regular doctor. They even showed me how I could make my LASIK procedure very affordable. Thanks to LASIK and Eyecare Associates, I am now able to enjoy my favorite activities without relying on glasses or contact lenses."
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To begin the procedure, a keratome is used to create a thin "flap" of superficial corneal tissue. The flap is then folded back to expose the inner cornea. The patient is instructed to stare at a red flashing light. After a series of short pulses, the excimer laser will vaporize microscopic amounts of tissue as it painlessly reshapes the cornea. Each laser pulse is slightly wider than the one before it. This changes the curvature of the cornea correcting for myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism.
After the laser treatment, the corneal flap is repositioned and heals very quickly. Vision in the treated eye can be excellent the day after LASIK, but may take up to a week to stabilize. The patient needs to go home afterwards and rest.
Most activities can be resumed the next day. While the laser procedure only takes a few minutes, you will be in the office about an hour.
Following Your Procedure
It is important for you to return to our office for periodic follow up visits. Each appointment will last approximately 5-10 minutes. If you have any problems or questions before these appointments, please call our office at (913) 256-2176. We have a doctor on call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.