How Does LASIK Work?
LASIK Vision Correction
LASIK vision correction is a refractive surgical procedure that can improve vision conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism – even reducing or eliminating your need for glasses or contact lenses. You will have one of these refractive errors if your cornea (the outside of your eye) is not ideally shaped. For example:
- Nearsightedness (myopia) means your eye may be longer than a normal eye and your cornea may be steeper. When light passes through your cornea and lens, it focuses in front of your retina (the back of your eye) so distant images appear blurry.
- Farsightedness (hyperopia) means your eye may be shorter than a normal eye and your cornea may be flatter. When light passes through your cornea and lens, it focuses behind your retina so near images appear blurry.
- Astigmatism is the steepening of the cornea or lens which causes images at all distances to appear blurry. You can have astigmatism along with nearsightedness and farsightedness.
LASIK is performed to alter the shape of the cornea so light entering the eyes can land more directly on the retina so clear vision can be achieved. Every eye is unique, so our LASIK process is completely customized for your vision challenges (not all LASIK centers offer this level of customization).
Steps of LASIK
Prior to any LASIK procedure, our team takes precise measurements of the individual curvature of your cornea and microscopic nuances of your eye anatomy. We use Wavescan 3D mapping to create a blueprint of your eye. This is used to guide your treatment to produce the best vision results.
This is what to expect during your LASIK procedure:
- Anesthetic eye drops are administered to numb your eyes.
- A lid speculum is used to keep your eyes open.
- Your doctor creates a thin corneal flap using a laser to allow access to the underlying corneal tissue. We have invested in iFS® femtosecond laser technology for this step.
- A laser is used to reshape your cornea according to your unique refractive error. Only minuscule amounts of corneal tissue need to be removed in most cases. We may implement the WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q excimer laser for this step or you may choose to upgrade your procedure with advanced CONTOURA® Vision topography-guided LASIK technology. The procedure takes only minutes to complete on both eyes and it is virtually painless.
- When the procedure is finished, the flap is positioned back in place where it will heal quickly without the need for stitches.
Although your vision may be blurry at first, results are almost immediate. Most patients are generally able to see clearly in just a few hours.
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Why Choose Us for LASIK Vision Correction?
The team at the Eye Center of Northern Colorado has performed over 38,000 refractive surgery procedures, helping thousands of people see more clearly. Our northern Colorado LASIK doctors are board-certified and fellowship-trained, so you can rest assured that you will be placing your eye health in good hands. We take time to fully research new technologies and implement the very best options for our patients. In fact, we are the only vision correction provider in northern Colorado to offer multiple vision correction platforms on-site. This allows us to select the right technology to correct your vision imperfections with greater accuracy and safety than ever before.
How Life Can Change After LASIK
Millions of people enjoy clearer, crisper vision than they ever imagined after having LASIK vision correction. For those leading active lifestyles, the freedom of life without the hassle of contacts or glasses is greatly rewarding. Even just waking up every morning with clear sight can be truly life-changing. Lastly, the ongoing expenses and hassles of buying contacts and new glasses may be eliminated by investing in the one-time cost of LASIK.
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