A Santa Rosa California Lasik surgeon shares information about a procedure called Lasik or Laser eye surgery. If you are familiar with having reading glasses in every room in your house, in your pocket and/or purse or you have to pamper your contacts daily just to still feel like having sand in your eyes at the end of a long day, then you will most likely appreciate more information about a procedure that can make all this hassle go away.
Lasik or laser eye surgery is a common procedure to correct vision so that contact lenses and glasses will not be necessary any longer. During the procedure the clear front part of the eye or the cornea is reshaped which changes its focusing power. There are several different types of Lasik surgery and many people end up with 20/20 vision after the procedure.
We do not have to get to deep into medical terms but basically it means that to have clear vision, the eye’s lend and cornea must be able to bend or refract light rays in the correct way so that a focused image is displayed on the retina. If this is not the case, you will see the picture as hazy or blurry which is called “refractive error”.
“Refractive error” occurs when the lens, eyeball or cornea are not perfectly shaped. During the Lasik procedure ultraviolet laser is used to remove tissue from the cornea to adjust the imperfect shape for better focusing.
Only a highly trained and skilled Ophthalmologist can determine the following with a thorough examination:
1. To determine if you eyes are healthy
2. To measure the position and size of the pupils
3. To measure the shape of your eyes to determine if you are indeed a candidate for Lasik
4. To measure the curve of the cornea
5. To measure the thickness of the cornea to ensure that there will be enough tissue left after surgery
The Lasik procedure itself will only take about 10 to 15 minutes per eye and is an outpatient surgical procedure. The patient remains awake and the only anesthetic used is eye drops to numb the surface of the eye.
During the procedure a hinged flap is cut out of the tissue of the cornea with a special knife or a microkeratome. While the flap is lifted out of the way, the underlying corneal tissue is reshaped with a special laser. After this has been completed, the surgeon replaces and secures the corneal flap. No stitches are needed but the patient will most likely have to wear an eye patch or shield to protect the the flap from pressure or rubbing until it has healed sufficiently.
Thousands of people have been very happy with the outcome of having had the Lasik procedure done. Make sure you do enough research to find a good Santa Rosa California Lasik surgeon (or one in a town near you) that you are comfortable with and preferably comes with referrals from friends and/or family.