If you are considering LASIK, you have probably wondered how this procedure is able to offer such amazing, life-changing results in just a few moments of surgery with virtually no downtime. The answer is the innovative laser technology that can achieve accurate and precise changes to the anatomy of the eye for the correction of refractive disorders that blur the vision. Below are more details on how LASIK works.
Reshaping the corneal tissue
In order to fully understand how LASIK works, you should have a basic understanding of the refractive disorders that LASIK treats: myopia and hyperopia. Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a condition in which light is focused just in front of the retina because the eye is too long. Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is just the opposite, and it occurs when the eye is too short, so light falls behind the retina. LASIK alters the corneal tissue using heat from a specially designed laser to elongate or flatten the cornea, depending on the condition being treated. This change to the eye’s shape will improve the accuracy of where light is focused, resulting in clearer vision in all fields.
Bladeless LASIK innovations
LASIK procedures of the past required incisions into the epithelial tissue to access the lower part of the cornea, which is where the heat of the laser works to reshape the eye. Today, the bladed element of LASIK has been eliminated with customized laser technology that creates a corneal flap accurately with no risk for infection or other complications that could permanently damage vision.
At Newsom Eye, we are dedicated to the use of the most advanced technology available for LASIK, and we back it with the expertise to produce the results you expect. Schedule a consultation to discuss your candidacy for laser vision correction by visiting our website or calling us at (888) 380-5289.