What is LASIK?
LASIK (Laser in-situ keratomileusis), is a popular surgical approach used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. A device called the Excimer Laser reshapes the cornea, or clear front part of the eye, so that light traveling through it is properly focused onto the retina located at the back of the eye. This reduces or entirely eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses. The Excimer Laser was FDA approved for use in 1995 and since then, in the United States alone , it is used to treat over a million eyes a year.
What is Custom LASIK?
Custom LASIK corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism as well as what eye doctors call “higher order optical aberrations” such as aberrations in the structure of the eye. The LADARVISION Laser is used to create a custom program for each individual eye. When these aberrations are neutralized, patients can see letters more clearly with sharper borders and contrast. The combination of this customized feature plus the Laser’s ability to track and center on the pupil results in a higher percentage of 20/20 vision.
Why Have LASIK Eye Surgery?
Lasik Benefits people:
- who are dissatisfied with having to use their glasses or contacts for active sports like swimming, jogging, horseback riding ect.
- whose dry eye problems make it difficult to wear contact lenses for long periods of time
- who have large differences in eyeglass correction between their two eyes
- who experience optical distortion like glare or aberrations with glasses or contacts
What Happens During LASIK Laser Eye Surgery?
Our LASIK surgery is performed in an outpatient center off Harrodsburg Road across the street from St. Joseph Hospital (customizable driving directions below). The procedure takes a short time and the patient, under a local anesthesia, experiences minimal discomfort.
During LASIK an instrument, called the microkeratome, is used to cut a thin flap in the cornea. The cornea is then peeled back and the underlying corneal tissue is reshaped using an Excimer Laser. After the cornea is reshaped so that it can properly focus light into the eye and onto the retina, the cornea flap is put back in place and the surgery is complete. Recovery is quick and postoperative discomfort is minor.