LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, a technique that uses laser light to reshape the cornea of the eye for clearer vision. LASIK eye surgery can decrease or even eliminate dependence on glasses or contacts, significantly improving the quality of life for patients. If you have further questions about the LASIK technique or your candidacy for eye surgery, contact Newsome Eye for a personalized consultation.
How Does LASIK Correct Vision?
The cornea of the eye serves to focus incoming light to create a clear image on the retina at the back of the eye. However, if the shape of the eye or the cornea is not ideal, refractive errors that result in blurry vision occur. LASIK surgery uses an ablative laser to remove a small amount of cells from the cornea, reshaping it so light focuses into a clear picture at the back of the eye.
Can LASIK Correct My Vision?
LASIK techniques have continued to advance since the treatment was first approved for use by the FDA in 1999. Today, LASIK surgery can correct vision problems related to nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. All of these disorders cause problems focusing inside the eye and can be improved by reshaping the cornea so that light comes to a proper focus on the retina.
Should I Get Wavefront-Guided LASIK?
In recent years, wavefront-guided LASIK techniques have allowed for the measurement and correction of extremely subtle distortions in vision. However, these distortions often account for no more than 10% of the total refractive error inside the eye and may not require correction to improve your vision. Your eye surgeon will evaluate your vision needs to determine whether you can benefit from wavefront-guided LASIK or whether a traditional LASIK procedure is adequate.
At Newsom Eye, we offer unsurpassed LASIK results in Tampa, FL. Contact us today at (813) 448-1420 to find out why patients from around the world insist on treatment from our skilled and dedicated eye surgeons. You can learn more about LASIK and other forms of corrective eye surgery by clicking through the articles on our blog.