What is LASIK?
First successfully performed in 1989, LASIK stands for Laser Assisted in-Situ Keratomileusis, which when translated means to “shape inside the cornea with a laser.” It is used to treat a wide range of visual distortion. Before conducting the LASIK procedure, numbing drops are administered to the eyes and , while the patient is awake, a microkeratome is used to fold back a thin flap of the cornea. An Eximer laser is then used to vaporize a small amount of tissue from inside the cornea. The amount removed is determined by each person’s prescription, but is typically far less than the thickness of a human hair. The flap of tissue is then folded back into place where it acts as a natural bandage. After the procedure, drops may be used to prevent infection. The patient is then sent home to relax before going back to work the next day. Reasonable normal vision can be expected within 24 hours, but the full effects of the procedure may not be achieved for two to four weeks. Call Dr. Christian today at (435) 586-1131 to set up a free screening to see if you are a candidate for LASIK.