LASIK eye surgery was introduced in the early 1990’s and today is the most popular laser vision correction procedure for correcting refractive errors. In 1998 the FDA approved advancements in LASIK surgery using the excimer laser for treating nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, by reshaping the cornea with laser’s ultraviolet light.
How Does LASIK Vision Correction Work?
LASIK is an outpatient procedure taking less than 15 minutes with little to no discomfort. During LASIK surgery, a
corneal flap is made with a microkeratome or laser. This flap is then folded back and the surgeon gently reshapes
the cornea with the excimer laser so the light will focus images directly onto the retina.
What Can I Expect After My LASIK Surgery?
Most LASIK patients notice dramatic visual improvement within the first 24 hours following the treatment, with vision continuing to improve over four to six weeks. Many patients return to work the following day after their post-operative exam.