LASIK can truly change your life. You can experience the freedom of seeing clearly when playing sports, swimming, even something as simple as seeing the alarm clock when getting up in the morning.
Laser vision correction was first approved in America by the Food and Drug Administration in November 1995, although, the first laser procedure was performed in Germany back in 1987.
The LASIK procedure (Laser in-Situ Keratomileusis) combines two sophisticated techniques to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism.
The first technique involves the use of an automated instrument, the microkeratome to create a thin protective layer of corneal tissue (flap) that covers the area to be sculpted by the laser. This flap allows for rapid recovery of vision and reduces discomfort after the procedure.
The second technique uses the excimer laser to sculpt the underlying cornea, correcting the refractive error. The eye is not patched, but a protective shield is placed over the eye to prevent inadvertent rubbing of the eye. Visual recovery is typically rapid, and there is little or no post-operative pain. Eye drops, including an antibiotic and steroid are taken for a week.
*Pallikaris: Laser ablation under flap, “LASIK” coined in 1989
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