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LASIK, laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, or laser vision correction is a surgical procedure with the purpose to reduce or eliminate dependency on glasses and contact lenses by reshaping the cornea so that light focuses more precisely on the retina.

Since its FDA-approval in 1999, it has become one of the most popular vision correction procedures because it can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism for a broad range of prescriptions with minimal discomfort and quick recovery.

How LASIK Works

The need for glasses is caused by an abnormal shape of the cornea
(the top surface of your eye).

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Those who are nearsighted cannot see objects in the distance clearly since their cornea is too curved and needs to be flattened.

Those who are farsighted cannot see objects nearby since their cornea is too flat and needs more curvature.

Astigmatism can occur alongside nearsightedness or farsightedness and causes vision to be distorted because the cornea is an oval shape (like a football).

RefractiveErrorsNearsighted

Those who are nearsighted cannot see objects in the distance clearly since their cornea is too curved and needs to be flattened.

RefractiveErrorsFarsighted

Those who are farsighted cannot see objects nearby since their cornea is too flat and needs more curvature.

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Astigmatism can occur alongside nearsightedness or farsightedness and causes vision to be distorted because the cornea is an oval shape (like a football).

LASIK corrects your vision by reshaping these abnormalities with the use of a laser.

The LASIK Procedure Step-by-Step

Many people are surprised to learn that not all LASIK procedures are performed 100% by lasers. When LASIK was first approved, the first step, seen below, was completed with a blade. Thanks to advancements in technology, practices like Cullom Eye & Laser Center who have invested in the most advanced technology, now perform this first step with the precision of a laser.

LXSteps1 Using Wavefront technology, we take a “fingerprint” image and map of your entire optical system. This detailed information is evaluated by the surgeon and is transferred to the laser.
LXSteps2 A laser is used to create the corneal flap with the safety and precision of a computer-controlled laser beam. The surgeon then gently folds this flap back to prepare the eye for the treatment laser.
LXSteps3 A cool laser beam is used to reshape the cornea and eliminate sources of aberration. There are multiple tracking and alignment systems in place to ensure both safety and accuracy throughout your entire procedure.
LXSteps4 Finally, the protective flap that was created in step two is gently placed back in its original position. The cornea begins healing immediately and you can return home.