What is LASIK?
LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is a laser eye surgery performed on the cornea. The cornea is the clear window in the front of the eye. The cornea bends light to focus it onto the retina, the film of the eye. By reshaping the cornea, a blurred image can be focused clearly onto the retina, replacing contacts lenses and glasses.
Millions of people have benefited from this safe, quick, life changing surgery and now see clearly without the dependence on glasses or contacts.
LASIK surgery includes the use of a laser to reshape the cornea of the eye. This helps light properly travel through to the retina, creating a clear, more focused image. The procedure itself is quick and painless, with the patient normally leaving within 15 minutes after surgery.
To find out more about LASIK, or to see if you are a candidate for LASIK surgery, please call our office at (303) 337-3937 today!
Is LASIK right for me?
Common symptoms that lead to LASIK surgery include:
- Trouble seeing objects far away.
- Tired of wearing glasses or contacts.
- Trouble seeing at night.
- Can’t afford to keep up with new glasses/contact prescriptions.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a candidate for LASIK surgery. Contact us today to setup an appointment!
What to expect on the day of LASIK surgery
Once the flap has been created, the surgeon can then proceed to lift it up, and another laser is applied to the exposed interior surface of the cornea. This will help the surgeon to reshape the cornea by removing tissue under the flap. This helps light to properly pass through correctly to the retina.
The flap is then repositioned over the treated area, serving as a natural bandage, and helps with the healing process.The entire surgery takes about 10 minutes per eye.
Drops to minimize dryness and increase comfort will also help in the healing process. Additionally, Dr. Grin and her staff will also instruct patients to wear protective eye shields at night to prevent unconscious rubbing of the eyes.
Patients usually are allowed to leave the office around an hour after the surgery. On average a full recovery takes place within a few weeks.
While it takes a few weeks to recover, a patient normally may be able to drive as soon as they see well enough, and return to work after a day of rest.
The Excimer Laser
The excimer laser generates its power from light in the ultraviolet range, and cannot be visualized by the human eye. The laser causes miniscule amounts of corneal tissue to dissociate at a microscopic level. The laser actually does not generate any heat, and therefore no tissue damage occurs during this process. Microscopic layers of tissue, approximately 1/10th the width of a human hair, are removed.