LASIK surgery is a precise and controlled removal of corneal tissue with a special laser that enables the reshaping of the cornea, changing its focusing power.
The cornea is a part of the eye that helps focus light to create an image on the retina. The bending and focusing of light is also known as refraction. Usually the shape of the cornea and the eye are not perfect and the image on the retina is out-of-focus (blurred) or distorted. These imperfections in the focusing power of the eye are called refractive errors. There are three primary types of refractive errors: Myopia, Hyperopia and Astigmatism. In LASIK surgery, precise and controlled removal of corneal tissue by a special laser reshapes the cornea changing its focusing power.
A knife, called a microkeratome, is used to cut a flap in the cornea. A hinge is left at one end of this flap. The flap is folded back revealing the stroma, the middle section of the cornea. Pulses from a computer-controlled laser vaporize a portion of the stroma and the flap is replaced.
If you are a candidate for one of these procedures, we can provide you with a referral to an eye surgeon who will perform the procedure for you. After your procedure the doctors at Eye & Ear are fully trained to provide your Pre and Post surgical care.