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an acronym for LASer
simply means "to shape the cornea within using a laser."
It corrects vision by reshaping the cornea (outer window
of the eye) so that light rays focus more precisely on
the retina, thereby reducing or eliminating refractive
Using an instrument
known as a microkeratome, a thin protective flap of
corneal tissue is folded back.
|The Excimer laser
then removes a predetermined amount of tissue from the
inner cornea to correct the individual's refractive
error. The cornea is made flatter to treat
nearsightedness, steeper to treat farsightedness and/or
more spherical to correct astigmatism.
The corneal flap is
placed back in its original position where it bonds
without the need for stitches. LASIK can treat low to
very severe refractive errors.
- After your
eye has been numbed with "eye drop" anesthesia, an
instrument known as an eyelid speculum will be
positioned to hold your eyelids open. You will remain
awake and comfortable throughout the procedure.
- A small
suction ring will be placed around the cornea and serves
as a platform for the microkeratome.
microkeratome separates the surface layers of the
cornea, and the corneal flap is folded back.
- You will be
asked to look at a target light while the Excimer laser
reshapes the corneal tissue. A clicking sound can be
heard as each microscopic layer of tissue is vaporized.
This process will last from seconds to minutes,
depending on the amount of correction necessary.
- The corneal
flap is then placed back into its original position and
allowed to dry for a few minutes.
- You will be
given additional eye drops, and your eye may be shielded
for protection. Your vision will probably be a little
blurry at first so have someone drive you home and relax
for the rest of the day.
CustomVue - Taking LASIK to the next level
The CustomVue procedure tailors a
unique correction for each individual. It employs the
VISX WaveScan System, a new diagnostic system that
captures a "fingerprint" of the eye which is 25 times
more precise than what was previously measurable by
standard methods. WaveScan evaluates more than
nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism; it
captures other, more specific imperfections in each
individual's vision. This data is then used to generate
an individualized treatment for a CustomVue procedure.
For more information
about LASIK at the Eye Clinic, please email Pam
firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (731)