LASIK is a popular form of laser vision correction surgery that can correct a range of vision issues with a goal of reducing or eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses.
LASIK, which stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, improves vision by reshaping the cornea. Your cornea is the clear front surface of your eye. Many vision imperfections, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, occur because the shape of the cornea does not allow light to properly focus on the back of the eye. LASIK utilizes laser technology to precisely reshape the cornea to allow light to enter the eye at the proper angle for improved vision.
During the LASIK procedure a flap of corneal tissue is created. This flap is then peeled back so that the laser can reshape the corneal tissue underneath. Once the reshaping is complete, the corneal flap is replaced. The cornea will naturally hold the flap in place so no stitches are required.
Some benefits of LASIK include:
- LASIK can reduce or eliminate dependence on glasses and contact lenses
- LASIK is highly successful for most patients
- LASIK surgery is a quick, outpatient procedure with minimal recovery time
- LASIK may result in long-term savings when accounting for the potential of lifetime savings on contacts and glasses
Although LASIK has helped millions of people improve their vision and reduce their need for glasses or contacts, not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. You must be at least 18 years old, have healthy eyes and a stable prescription that is within the range that LASIK can correct. It’s also important to consider the risks and rewards and make sure you have realistic expectations.
During a LASIK consultation at Westlake Eye Specialists, our doctors will take the time to educate you on your options and create a personalized treatment plan to ensure that your custom LASIK procedure fits your vision needs and meets your personal expectations.
Are you ready to experience the freedom that LASIK can provide? Learn more about LASIK surgery in Austin by calling 512-472-4011 or visiting westlakeeyes.com to schedule a LASIK consultation today.