LASIK Eye Surgery or Laser Vision Correction

While countless people who suffer from refractive disorders such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism have traditionally corrected their vision with glasses or contact lenses, you may have decided that these forms of vision correction simply aren’t for you. Maybe you’re tired of constantly maintaining and replacing glasses and contacts, or maybe you’d just prefer the most unencumbered experience possible.

Whatever your reason for exploring better vision, Texas Eye Surgeons invites you to explore laser vision correction, including LASIK eye surgery for lens-free visual clarity.

What Is LASIK Eye Surgery?

LASIK is short for “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis.” True to its name, it uses the advanced technology and unbeatable precision of state-of-the-art surgical laser tools (instead of traditional manual devices) to reshape your corneal tissue. To understand how this procedure corrects your vision, it’s first important to understand how vision normally works.

The cornea is like a “window” into the eye, receiving light so it can be refracted into clear images on the retina. But an abnormally-shaped eyeball or cornea can make normal refraction impossible, resulting in the blurred vision of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. (Another refractive error, presbyopia, results from age-related stiffening of the lens.)

Traditionally, compensating for these refractive errors has involved placing corrective lenses in front of (or directly onto) the corneas. But modern medical technology has made it possible for us to simply change the refractive behavior of the cornea itself by subtly re-sculpting it.

LASIK Vision Correction by Our Ophthalmologist

In traditional LASIK eye surgery, a femtosecond laser makes an extremely fine opening along the perimeter of the cornea, allowing the ophthalmologist to gently position the outermost corneal tissue. Dr. Ali, then uses an excimer laser to reshape the underlying corneal tissue in exactly the right patterns to correct your refractive error. The flap is then replaced over the cornea where it heals on its own, without stitches.

What to Expect From LASIK Eye Surgery

The first step toward a successful LASIK procedure is a detailed evaluation from our team in Plano to determine whether you’re a good candidate for LASIK. If you’re under 18 or your prescription is currently changing, for instance, you may not be eligible. If you have an unusually thin cornea, we may direct you toward an alternative procedure, such as PRK. During your evaluation, we will use a pachymeter and other devices to measure your corneal tissue depth and curvature in great detail.

You may be surprised at how quick and easy LASIK surgery is. Numbing eye drops are administered to ensure that you feel no pain during the procedure. Any blurred vision or minor irritation should clear up within a day, leaving you with remarkably clear vision. (Be aware, however, that you still might need reading glasses if you suffer from presbyopia.)

Schedule Your LASIK Evaluation Today

If you’re ready to explore the exciting possibilities of glasses-free, contact lens-free vision, explore Texas Eye Surgeons in Plano as your LASIK provider.

Contact Texas Eye Surgeons at (972) 379-3937 for a consultation.

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LASIK is a shortened version of the clinical name for the surgery, which is “laser assisted in site keratomileusis.” The procedure is used to reshape the surface of the cornea so that light reflected onto the retina produces a clearer image. Millions of people have undergone LASIK surgery to provide them with better vision without having to use eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Patients must be at least 18 years of age. They should be in good general health with no current eye diseases, such as glaucoma, infections, or other conditions. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should wait until a later date to receive the surgery because these conditions affect the measurement of the eye. Your Texas eye doctor will do a complete evaluation of your current vision and an assessment of your suitability for LASIK surgery.

The LASIK procedure is relatively simple and only takes a short time. Eye drops are administered to numb the surface of the eye. A high-energy laser device is used to cut a thin layer from the surface of the eye. The amount of tissue to be removed to produce good vision is calculated ahead of time. The flap that is created on the surface of the eye is then replaced. No stitches are needed to hold the tissue in place.

A patch is usually placed over the eye and the patient is advised to allow it to remain in place overnight. After this period of time, the patch can be removed, and the patient can enjoy eyeglass-free vision immediately. Eye drops to prevent infection and a pain reliever or sedative are generally provided after the surgery.

Some patients may experience blurriness on the day of the surgery, but this will quickly resolve. A feeling of burning or itching can sometimes occur, but this discomfort should dissipate within 6 hours of the surgery. In very rare cases, infections, halos around objects, or dry eye syndrome can occur. Post-surgery visits to your eye surgeon will ensure that healing is proceeding normally.

The Latest LASIK & SMILE Technology In Plano & the DFW Metroplex

The trained, experienced surgeons at Texas Eye Surgeons dedicated to the treatment of medical and surgical eye diseases. We treat eye diseases related to diabetes, glaucoma, cataract removal, and corneal conditions. We use the latest state-of-the-art techniques and equipment, like the VisuMax Laser Suite for LASIK and SMILE.

We are committed to providing excellent care, with careful attention to each individual patient’s needs. Contact our office today at (972) 379-3937 to discuss how LASIK eye surgery can provide better vision for your work tasks and greater convenience for your recreational activities.

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