Laser Vision Correction Explained

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Laser Vision Correction is the Preferred Method to Correct Eyesight

Laser Vision Correction is commonly performed to reduce a person's dependency on glasses and contact lenses. One of the more popular forms of laser vision correction is LASIK eye surgery. LASIK is an acronym for “Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis”. In-Situ is Latin for “in its original place/position.” Kerato is Greek for “cornea” and mileusis is also Greek and means “to shape”.  Laser Vision Correction is often used to treat nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism.

When people want to reduce their dependency on glasses or contact lenses, LASIK is the most popular laser vision correction in the United States. The second most popular is PRK, short for photorefractive keratectomy. Both LASIK and PRK are considered laser vision correction and most people do not realize the exact same laser can be used to reshape the cornea in both procedures. In fact, the major difference between PRK and LASIK is how the cornea is exposed or “prepared” for the actual laser. PRK does not create a flap to expose the part of the eye the surgeon wishes to reshape.

While PRK patients can take longer to recover than LASIK patients, there are advantages to PRK particularly for individuals who engage in physical activities such as boxing or mixed martial arts. PRK is also a laser vision correction procedure which can be performed on individuals whose cornea may be too thin for LASIK eye surgery. In most cases, laser vision correction is pain-free and completed in 15-20 minutes for both eyes.

Laser Vision Correction is Safe and Now Affordable

Laser vision correction has continued to improve and many LASIK eye surgeons now offer all laser LASIK. In this approach a surgeon will commonly use a femtosecond laser to create the flap and a different laser to reshape the eye. Lasers that create the LASIK flap can often be used in other vision correction procedures such as cataract surgery; for this reason, the term laser vision correction can encompass various procedures. Only your surgeon can determine which laser vision correction procedure is right for you after a thorough eye examination.