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LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is a popular refractive surgery procedure that aims to correct common vision problems, such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. It is a safe and effective method that can reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses, providing patients with improved vision and greater visual freedom.
How does LASIK work?
During the LASIK procedure, a highly precise laser is used to reshape the cornea, which is the clear front surface of the eye. The cornea's curvature is adjusted to redirect light onto the retina, improving the eye's ability to focus properly. This quick and painless procedure typically takes only a few minutes per eye and is performed on an outpatient basis.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a suitable candidate for LASIK?
Not everyone is a candidate for LASIK. The best way to determine your eligibility is through a comprehensive eye evaluation. Factors such as your overall eye health, refractive error, corneal thickness, and stability of your prescription will be assessed. Your eye care professional will guide you through the candidacy process and recommend the most appropriate treatment options for your specific needs.
How long does the LASIK procedure take?
The actual LASIK procedure usually takes around 10-15 minutes per eye. However, you should plan to spend a few hours at the surgical center or hospital for pre-operative preparations, post-operative evaluations, and recovery time.
Is LASIK a painful procedure?
LASIK is generally considered a painless procedure. Before the surgery, your eyes will be numbed using anesthetic eye drops, ensuring you remain comfortable throughout the process. Some individuals may experience a slight pressure sensation during the procedure, but any discomfort is typically minimal.