What You Need to Know Before LASIK Surgery

One of the most frequently asked questions is "So Doc, am I a candidate for laser vision correction?". The answers below are not a substitute for a consultation with your eye doctor, however, the more you know the easier it is to make an informed decision. Is Laser Vision Correction safe? The FDA has determined that Laser Vision Correction is a safe and effective means of treating myopia, hypero...
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CustomVue LASIK Approved for Farsightedness and Farsighted Astigmatism

On December 15, 2004, VISX Inc. announced that it received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat farsightedness (hyperopia) and farsighted astigmatism with the VISX CustomVue (TM) Hyperopic LASIK procedure.  The FDA approval is specifically for the company's wavefront-guided LASIK procedure.  The enhanced CustomVue (TM) procedure involves detailed WaveScan (...
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What is LASIK?

LASIK - the acronym for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis - is an elective surgical procedure that uses a cool (non-thermal) laser beam to change the shape of the cornea (the clear front surface of the eye) to improve vision.The LASIK procedure consists of two steps:  1.      In Step One, the surgeon creates a circular, micro-thin flap of corneal tissue.  Thi...
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LASIK Risks and Complications

LASIK refractive surgery is an elective procedure - meaning it's not medically necessary.  You can safely correct your vision with eyeglasses or contact lenses instead of choosing LASIK. By choosing LASIK surgery to correct your vision, you are accepting a certain amount of risk.  No surgical procedure (including LASIK) will have a perfect outcome 100% of the time. Thankfully, ...
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Refractive Surgery – Overview

Refractive surgery is eye surgery that is designed and performed to reduce or eliminate refractive errors of the eye - nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.  Refractive surgery can also "correct" presbyopia (the normal age-related loss of near focusing ability) by eliminating the refractive error of one eye and intentionally making the other eye mildly nearsighted.  This is ca...
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PRK: LASIK Without the Flap

PRK (or photorefractive keratectomy) is a laser eye surgery similar to LASIK.  Like LASIK, PRK involves the use of the cool (non-thermal) energy of the Excimer laser to re-shape the cornea and correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.  It differs from LASIK in that no corneal flap is created prior to the laser treatment.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first app...
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LASIK — The Most Popular Refractive Surgery

Introduced in the early 1990s, LASIK is currently the most popular surgical procedure used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.  LASIK can also correct presbyopia, but only via monovision (one eye corrected for clear distance vision, and the other eye corrected for clear near vision).   The word LASIK is an acronym for LASer In-situ Keratomileusus, which means...
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