LASIK stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis, a state-of-the-art outpatient procedure used to correct an array of refractive vision issues, including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. All of these refractive vision problems occur when your cornea is misshapen. Normally, a cornea (the clear covering that rests over your pupil) is round, and light passing through the cornea to the retina at the back of your eye is “unbent,” which means the images you see are clear and crisp. But sometimes, the cornea is not completely round, which means that when light passes through it, it becomes distorted before reaching the retina.
As a result, the images you see are not crisp and clear at all distances. LASIK uses laser energy to gently reshape the cornea, restoring a more normal shape so you can enjoy clearer vision. Many people who have LASIK no longer need to wear glasses to see clearly.
A pre-LASIK exam is an eye exam that’s designed to carefully evaluate your eye to determine if you’re a good candidate for LASIK. Although LASIK can be an ideal choice for many people, it’s not always the best option for correcting all types of vision issues. During the pre-LASIK eye exam, your eye doctor will assess your vision and your eye anatomy, paying special attention to your corneas. If your corneas are very thin or if you have certain other types of corneal abnormalities, LASIK might not be a good choice for you. If you are a good candidate for LASIK, the eye doctor will provide you with a referral to a top LASIK surgeon in the area, so you can have additional follow-up and learn more about the surgical procedure.
Many patients can leave their glasses behind following their LASIK procedure, but other patients may still need glasses under specific circumstances. Your eye doctor can discuss the potential need for glasses during your appointment.
Though LASIK is certainly a popular option for correcting refractive vision problems, it’s not the only option. If LASIK isn’t right for your needs, your doctor can discuss other options that might be a better fit.
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