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Eye Health: Pain-free LASIK surgery is often best, most common solution for poor vision


LASIK surgery involves a tiny laser cut of the cornea to create a flap that is then repositioned changing the curvature of the eye which is causing the nearsightedness. In the top image the cornea before LASIK is rounded which distorts the image the eye sees. In the bottom image, the corneal flap is flattened so there is less distortion of image. (Photo from U.S. National Library of Medicine)

LASIK surgery involves a tiny laser cut of the cornea to create a flap that is then repositioned changing the curvature of the eye. In the top image the cornea before LASIK is rounded which distorts the image the eye sees. In the bottom image, the corneal flap is flattened so there is less distortion of image. (Photo from U.S. National Library of Medicine)

 
By Dr. Dawn Stratton
KyForward columnist
 

Are you dependent on glasses or contact lenses? For the majority of my patients who are, I have spoken with them about LASIK surgery.
 
LASIK is an acronym for “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis” and is the most common laser eye surgery that treats myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.
 


Laser eye surgery is pain-free and is usually completed in about 15 minutes for both eyes. During LASIK surgery, the cornea is reshaped to enable light entering the eye to be properly focused onto the retina for clear vision.
 
A thin circular flap is made in the cornea, then it is folded back and a highly specialized laser uses an ultraviolet light beam to remove tiny amounts of tissue from the cornea to reshape it. The goal is to flatten the cornea for nearsighted people, or to create a steeper cornea for those who are farsighted.
 
The flap is laid back in place and the cornea heals naturally. 

Immediately after surgery, people may experience some blurry vision or haziness.
 
Positive results can typically be experienced in as little as 24 hours, and eyesight will continue to improve within a few days. It’s possible that a patient could go back to work the next day, but many doctors advise taking a couple days off to rest.
 
Exercise should be avoided for about a week after LASIK. 

It is not guaranteed, but most people attain 20/20 vision with LASIK surgery. LASIK continues to improve and millions of people all over the world are less dependent on glasses or contact lenses.

 

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Dr. Dawn Stratton, O.D., is the founder of Stratton Eyes. She is a graduate of Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago and earned her Doctor of Optometry in 1994. Based in Lexington, Dr. Stratton is a member of American Optometric Association, the Kentucky Optometric Association, the National Association of Professional Women and the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists. She also provides eye exams for patients at the Hope Center, Room at the Inn and The Nest. Visit Stratton-Eyes.com for more information or call 859-245-2020 or email office@strattoneyes.com. You can also find the office on Facebook and on Twitter @StrattonEyes.


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