What is LASIK Eye Surgery?
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) LASIK eye surgery is defined as “a surgical procedure intended to reduce a person’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses.” To date, millions of people across the world have undergone LASIK surgery in order to correct their vision. LASIK is an excellent option for people who no longer want to wear glasses or contact lenses in order to correct their vision disorders. A large percentage of people with vision problems opt for this particular elective vision correction surgery, but it is not for everyone. In other words, LASIK can only correct the vision on people with certain types of vision problems.
What Does LASIK Eye Surgery Correct?
- Myopia – this is a vision disorder commonly referred to as “nearsightedness.” It is best described as vision that cannot clearly see objects that are far or in the distance
- Hyperopia – this is a vision disorder commonly referred to as “farsightedness.” It is best described as vision that cannot clearly see objects that are near.
- Astigmatism – this is a vision disorder that affects a person’s ability to see objects that are both near and far.
- Presbyopia – this is a vision disorder that typically affects people age 40 and older. It affects a person’s ability to see objects that are very close (such as a the writing in a book).
LASIK is an elective vision corrective surgery that is highly effective and statistically very safe. It has corrected vision problems such as myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia in millions of people. The procedure is very quick – usually lasting only a few minutes. The results of LASIK are realized immediately and can enhance the lives of people who previously relied on glasses and contact lenses. But it is important to remember that LASIK cannot correct every single type of vision problem.
When the cornea is misshapen, it can result in one of the above mentioned vision disorders. The overall goal of LASIK is to reshape the cornea to the correct form. When LASIK reshapes the cornea, it causes light to be refracted properly. The result is clear vision that no longer requires glasses or contact lenses.
LASIK is a quick procedure that has the ability to correct a person’s vision in a matter of minutes. The recovery period after the procedure is relatively fast, and patients are able to resume their normal daily activities, such as working, reading, exercising and driving, in a minimal amount of time. If your eyesight problems are due to common vision disorders, LASIK may be a great option for you. To find out more, contact ReVision today to schedule your initial consultation.
You can also learn about common LASIK myths here, including if it’s painful and if you’d make a good LASIK candidate.