Laser In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is one of the most effective and innovative vision care treatments available. Although LASIK has been around in some form since the 1960’s, the procedure has been improved decade by decade and has emerged as one of the most popular methods of helping patients establish clearer vision with less reliance on eyeglasses or contact lenses. Current incarnations of LASIK are designed to utilize bot conventional treatment and laser surgery to correct vision affected by nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
To learn how LASIK can specifically help your vision needs, or for information on advanced LASIK procedures such as Intralase®, please contact CorrectVision Laser Institute to schedule a consultation for LASIK in the Weston and Fort Lauderdale, Florida region.
The LASIK Procedure
In performing LASIK, Our surgeons first uses a precise Micro Mechanical Keratome or Intralase Femptosecond Laser to make a partial cut through 1/5 to 1/3 of the front surface of the cornea, creating a flap of clear tissue on the central part of the eye.
The patient is then positioned under the excimer laser which has been programmed by our surgeons to vaporize away some of the internal corneal tissue under the flap. Central tissue is removed to reduce curvature and correct nearsightedness. Peripheral tissue is removed to increase curvature and correct farsightedness. Astigmatism can be corrected by removing selected tissue to even out the curvature of the cornea.
Once the excimer laser is done, our surgeons will close the flap over the eye. Healing should begin within minutes, without the need for stitches.
The entire LASIK procedure typically takes only about 15 minutes, but a comprehensive examination and consultation are necessary before surgery. No anesthesia is necessary for LASIK treatment. The eye being treated will be anesthetized with drops and the patient will be awake and comfortable throughout the procedure. Although night protection and eye drops will be necessary for a few days after LASIK surgery, vision should be improved as early as the day after surgery.
US Army provides LASIK for front-line soldiers
The army launched its War fighter Refractive Eye Surgery program on April 1, 2002 and joined the Navy and Air Force in endorsing the use of LASIK for front-line troops, The Washington Post reported in a front-page article ten years ago. Before enacting the program, the Army monitored how Rangers who had undergone LASIK handled extreme combat training. They reported no problems, saying the surgery helped to avoid fogged spectacles and lost contact lenses. Army officials estimate that 70-80% of eligible troops might request LASIK. About 35 to 50% of Army troops require corrective lenses, although not all of those are candidates for LASIK.
If you think you are a candidate for LASIK?
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