Are you tired of wearing glasses all day long? Do you hate the fact that you have to depend on an optical instrument to see the world clearly? Do your contact lenses irritate your eyes too often? Then laser eye surgery is the answer to all your problems. Lasik or LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis and it is a refractive surgery which has become very popular in the recent years. This is owing to the fact that the success rate of this surgery is very high and clear vision is attained by the next day itself. In this procedure, the ophthalmologist will cut thin flap of the cornea using an instrument called microkeratome. With the help of an eximer laser, the surgeon now removes and restructures bits of the corneal tissue by ablation. In recent surgery, even the creating of the flap is done by lasers instead of the conventional microkeratome.
Lasik eye surgery works for people suffering from myopia, hypermetropia and astigmatism. One of the biggest advantages of Lasik eye surgery is that patients of most age groups can undergo this surgery unless there are signs of cataract in the patient, in which case the implantation of multifocal lenses is advised. Also, people with spectacle numbers from +6.0 to -14.0 can be treated upon by using this technology.
Lasik is also an ambulatory (same day) surgery. This means that it is not required for the patient to stay overnight at the hospital. Although it takes about 20 minutes to operate on each eye, good ophthalmologists prefer treating one eye at a time and only after receiving a satisfactory result do they proceed.