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Lasik Eye Surgery Explained

Lasik is a corrective surgery that affects the way the light refracts in the eye. The procedure can be performed either with a “microkeratome” (called standard or blade-based LASIK surgery) or it can be performed with a laser. Both methods can help people who have been diagnosed with myopia (or nearsightedness), hyperopia (or farsightedness), and astigmatism.

Known Risks Associated With LASIK Eye Surgery

• Under or over-correction

• Dry eyes

Astigmatism induced from uneven removal of tissue

• Problems with the flap-like wrinkling or infection

Things That Can Increase The Risk Of Complications With LASIK Eye Surgery

• Chronic dry eye disease

• Thin or uneven cornea tissue

• Pregnancy or breastfeeding

• Excessive pressure in the eye like people who have glaucoma

• A suppressed immune system

How Lasik Eye Surgery Is Performed

Before starting the correction, the surgeon will place numbing eye drops in the eyes of the patient and use an instrument called a speculum to help hold the eye open. During the procedure, the surgeon will create a small flap in the side of the cornea. The surgeon then lifts this flap out of the way and uses the excimer laser to correct the curvature of the tissue under the flap. After the surgeon is finished, they replace the flap and bandage the eye. The patient will need to put several eye drops in their eye for several weeks or after surgery.

Things People Should Consider Before Having Corrective Eye Surgery Like LASIK

• Severe nearsightedness

• Active sports participation

• Careers that depend highly on vision

• Cost

• Large pupils

• If surgery is a viable answer when vision is not bad.

LASIK eye correction is not the only procedure that surgeons can perform. Sometimes another procedure or a different type of LASIK is better for a patient depending on their individual circumstances. The best thing to do is consult a LASIK specialist like those at Manhattan Lasik Center. They know the risks versus the rewards better than anyone because they have performed over 90,000 successful LASIK procedures.

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