LASIK is the most common and most popular form of refractive laser eye surgery. LASIK is an outpatient procedure used to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. With LASIK, an ophthalmologist uses a microsurgical instrument and a laser to reshape the cornea. The cornea is the clear outer structure of the eye. Recently, advances have allowed the procedure to be entirely done with a laser alone. The laser treatment is done in an extremely precise fashion to either flatten the surface of a myopic eye, steepen the surface of a hyperopic eye, or smooth out the surface of an astigmatic eye.
The procedure is generally quite successful in reducing or eliminating prescription glasses or contact lenses for the majority of patients. LASIK, however, is not for everyone, and it is necessary for your ophthalmologist to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
It is important that people considering LASIK have realistic expectations. LASIK allows most people to perform most of their daily tasks without corrective lenses. However, people looking for perfect vision after the procedure, run the risk of being disappointed. Over 90% of people see between 20/20 and 20/40 without glasses or contact lenses. If vision is undercorrected after the procedure, you may be a candidate for an enhancement, which can further refine the results.
Our practice works in conjunction with Kremer Laser Eye Center. All of the preoperative and postoperative treatments and follow-ups are done in our Ridley Park office, with only the actual procedure being done at the Kremer facilities in King of Prussia or Wilmington.