LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a procedure which uses laser to change the curvature of the cornea for correction of presbyopia, myopia, hypreopia and astigmatism. LASIK removes tissue within the cornea to treat common ophthalmic conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. It is a highly successful operation with very low risk to patients who are suited to the procedure. Wavefront customized lasik is the most popular treatment option with our patients. The older standard lasik treatment is also available at our clinic. Before the Lasik treatment, a thin flap is raised off the surface of the cornea. This can be done with a standard bladed keratome, though in recent years most of our patients choose the blade-free femtosecond laser (e.g. IntraLase) to create the flap.
LASIK is suitable for the following:
- People who want to reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses or contact lenses
- Are at least 18 years of age
- Have stable eye prescription for at least one year
- Have no eye diseases such as cataract, glaucoma or retinal diseases
It is an important decision to have LASIK and the patient should make a careful deliberation. The patient will need to consult a certified ophthalmologist for an eye examination. Both patient and the eye doctor will then determine if LASIK is an option. If you are a suitable candidate for LASIK, you will be given additional information about the procedure that will allow you to make an informed decision about whether to proceed.