Why is LASIK so popular?
More than a million people each year make the decision to have laser
vision correction. Why?
LASIK (which stands for "laser in-situ
keratomileausis") has quickly become the procedure of choice for most
patients because they recover quickly and have few side effects and
complications than with other methods of vision correction. In fact,
most LASIK patients notice a significant improvement in their vision soon
LASIK is a procedure that uses the "cool"
light from an Excimer laser to reshape the inner tissue of the
cornea. During the procedure, a special device creates a hinged flap
of thin corneal tissue, and the flap is gently folder out of the way.
The laser then reshapes the underlying tissue. The surgeon
replaces the corneal flap, which quickly goes back into place without the
need for stitches.
Learn more about the technology Dr. Sklar uses.
Thanks to new advances in laser
technology, LASIK is now an option for those who are nearsighted,
farsighted or who have astigmatism.
If the cornea is too steep, light focuses in front
of the retina (a thin membrane in back of the eye).
If you are nearsighted, you can see well up close, but
need glasses or contacts to drive or see far.
If the cornea is too flat, light focuses behind the
retina, causing farsightedness. People who are
farsighted usually see well at a distance, but need
glasses to read.
Astigmatism: Astigmatism is a condition where the cornea has an
irregular surface or is shaped liked an oval, which results in multiple focus
points within the eye. Many people have
astigmatism in addition to nearsightedness or
Is LASIK the only option?
There are many ways to correct vision, including glasses and contacts.
After examining your eyes, Dr. Sklar will explain the different options
available to you. The decision to have LASIK is ultimately your
What to Expect from LASIK