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Laser vision correction is a term used to describe a variety of laser vision correction treatments for common vision correction problems.
The most commonly referred to laser eye surgery procedure is LASIK. LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. This literally means, “to shape the cornea within, using laser.” LASIK can be used to reduce or eliminate nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), or astigmatism. These conditions are due to abnormal curvature of the cornea (the clear window of the eye).
During LASIK, an instrument called a keratome is used to elevate a very thin surface on the front surface of the cornea. This layer is created to allow the laser light to etch the new corneal curvature in the cell layers underneath. The surface layer is then put back in place to protect the newly reshaped cornea. The average LASIK procedure takes about 7 to 10 minutes per eye. LASIK is a remarkable medical advancement that allows most patients to go from 20/400 -- or even 20/1000 -- to 20/20 the day following surgery.
Patients will walk away a few moments after this laser eye procedure, but are encouraged to rest as much as possible the day of surgery. A follow up visit with your eye surgeon will be arranged to ensure proper healing as well determine how much your vision has improved.
If you are interested in laser vision correction, Crown Laser Center can answer your questions in detail and help you determine which procedure is right for you.
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