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Refractive Surgery

LASIK is a surgical procedure that uses a laser to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism. In LASIK, a thin flap in the cornea is created using either a microkeratome blade or a femtosecond laser. The surgeon folds back the flap, then removes some corneal tissue underneath using an excimer laser. The flap is then laid back in place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed.
With nearsighted people, the goal of LASIK is to flatten the too-steep cornea; with farsighted people, a steeper cornea is desired. LASIK can also correct astigmatism by smoothing an irregular cornea into a more normal shape.

Your eye surgeon will evaluate your eyes to determine what sort of refractive problem you have, and subsequently choose the best type of surgery for you. Some patients are not good candidates for LASIK, as their corneas maybe too thin. In this case, a variation on the surgical technique called PRK provides equally good results. For further information please contact us.




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