How LASIK Works

Are you seeking a LASIK doctor in Ft. Worth or Dallas? If you are, then you have come to the right place. LASIK is an acronym for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, and it is the world’s most popular laser vision correction procedure. This procedure is safe, effective, and has a low occurrence rate of side effects. LASIK eye surgery has helped millions of people see clearly independent of glasses or contact lenses. LASIK has enabled people to resume their active lifestyles again. Imagine being able to work out without glasses. Imagine seeing the alarm clock when you wake up in the morning. Imagine life without the hassle of putting lenses in. Imagine no more scratchy lenses hitting your eyelids and no more solutions.

LASIK is a quick and virtually painless vision correction procedure with an excellent record of success. Proper preoperative evaluations are critical to each patient’s success. To get a better understanding regarding whether or not you would be a good LASIK candidate, please see our LASIK candidacy page. To learn about what happens during this eye surgery process, please read below.

Understanding What Happens During LASIK Eye Surgery

During LASIK, the surgeon first applies anesthetic eye drops to numb the eye for surgery. Next, a suction ring is applied that is designed to hold the eye steady and confirm the pressure of the eye. The surgeon then creates a thin corneal flap using a device called a microkeratome or a femtosecond laser. The surgeon tests for laser alignment and walks the patient through the fixation process. The corneal flap is lifted up and inverted, and the excimer laser pulses are applied to the exposed interior surface of the cornea to reshape the tissue. The computer-controlled excimer laser removes the tissue under the flap and reshapes the cornea. The actual laser treatment generally takes less than 60 seconds. The flap is then repositioned over the treated area. This corneal flap serves as a natural bandage, which eliminates the discomfort associated with other types of refractive surgery and expedites the healing process. Eye drops will be applied to assist with the healing process. You will be required to take eye drops on a regular basis in the postoperative period. Your doctor will then watch the eye to ensure proper flap positioning and healing. Because of the extraordinary bonding properties of the corneal tissue, stitches are not needed to keep the flap in place postoperatively.

* The surgeons at Texas Eye & Laser Center use the most advanced ALL-LASER LASIK technique for a greater level of safety and better visual results. Please see our page regarding ALL-LASER LASIK.

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