About Refractive Laser Eye Surgery
Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis, or LASIK, is the most common type of laser vision correction procedure and may be recommended by a Fraser Eye Care Center and the Eye Care Center of Port Huron eye doctor. LASIK is very effective in treating low, moderate and higher prescriptions of myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) or astigmatism.
- LASIK Step 1:
Using a microkeratome, a small protective flap of corneal tissue is created and gently lifted back.
- LASIK Step 2:
A computer guided and very precise Excimer laser applies a cool beam of light, which gently reshapes the cornea to correct vision.
- LASIK Step 3:
The protective flap that was created in Step 1 is gently placed back in its original position and begins healing immediately.
Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis, or LASEK is a newer form of laser eye surgery and may be recommended as treatment for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism by an ophthalmologist at Fraser Eye Care Center and the Eye Care Center of Port Huron.
- LASEK Step 1:
An alcohol solution is applied to the epithelium, or outer layer of the cornea. The solution loosens the edges of the epithelium.
- LASEK Step 2:
The epithelium is lifted and gently pushed back.
- LASEK Step 3:
A computer guided and very precise Excimer laser applies a cool beam of light, and gently reshapes the corneal tissue underneath the cornea.
- LASEK Step 4:
A contact lens is placed over they eye to protect the surface and healing begins immediately.
Serious complications with LASEK are extremely rare, but like any surgical procedure, it does have some risks, although they are minimal. Our experienced doctors and staff welcome the opportunity to discuss LASEK and other refractive laser eye surgery with patients to ensure all questions have been answered to our patients’ satisfaction.
As with any surgical procedure, there is risk of complications with LASIK/LASEK. Complications are extremely rare. Discussions on LASIK and other vision correction treatments, are available to all patients at Fraser Eye Care and the Eye Care Center of Port Huron.