assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is the most commonly performed and
well-known vision correction surgery. Using an excimer laser,
the doctor reshapes the cornea (the stationary refractive element at
the front of the eye) so that images are focused to the correct spot
on the retina (thin layer containing the light receptors of the eye).
The success rate with this procedure is excellent, with most
patients achieving 20/20 vision or better upon completion.
procedure itself involves little or no discomfort both during the
procedure and throughout the recovery process. Also, eyesight
improvement is almost immediate and optimal vision is typically
achieved within a couple days.
reduce or eliminate dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses
procedure, the surgeon first administers a local anesthetic via eye
drops so that the patient does not feel pain during the surgery. An
eyelid speculum is then placed over the eye to prevent the patient
from blinking. Next, the surgeon utilizes a specialized device
to create a thin flap on the outer portion of the cornea. The
flap is folded to the side and the excimer laser, custom programmed
with the patient's eye, reshapes the corneal tissue with quick pulses
of concentrated light. This process usually takes less than one
minute. Once this is complete, the doctor folds the flap back
into place and the surgery is complete.
may go home shortly after the procedure, however, someone else must
drive or alternative transportation must be arranged. Patients
will be asked to rest the majority of the first day, avoiding any
strenuous activities, and avoiding rubbing the eye area for a period
of time. There is a follow-up appointment with the surgeon the
day after the procedure and periodically over the following weeks and
months. Vision should dramatically improve in the first few
days following surgery. The patient may often return to work
within a day or two, although it is best to take a couple days off to
ensure a smooth recovery.
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