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Understanding Laser Vision Corrective Surgery

Category: Technology / Innovation & Procedures

Published: 2016-10-19

In the past, poor vision could only be corrected with glasses and contact lenses. New advancements have made it possible to treat the eye to reduce the need of vision correction. Keep reading to learn more about how laser vision correction surgery works and how it could benefit you.

How LASIK Works

The term LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis. This form of vision correction surgery uses laser light to change the shape of the cornea at the front of the eye. By changing the shape of your cornea, your eye surgeon can adjust where light focuses inside the eye. Custom wavefront LASIK takes this correction a step further by correcting higher-order aberrations in the eye, which can affect night vision and contrast vision. The LASIK procedure often takes as little as ten minutes per eye to complete. You can return home immediately after the procedure. Although your vision will be blurry at first, the healing process typically takes around 72 hours.

Conditions LASIK Corrects

LASIK surgery corrects vision problems caused by refractive errors inside the eye: nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Nearsightedness occurs when the eye is slightly longer than average, which causes light to focus in front of the retina. Farsightedness is the opposite condition: light focuses behind the retina because the eye is slightly too short. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea itself is highly curved, causing further distortions in vision. This condition may occur in addition to or independently of nearsightedness or farsightedness.

If you’d like more information about custom wavefront LASIK in Birmingham, call Schaeffer Eye Center today at (205) 979-2020. Our board certified ophthalmic surgeon, Dr. Jonathan Woolfson, has performed more than 80,000 LASIK procedures and is a pioneer in the field of laser vision correction. You can find out more about vision correction and eye care on our blog.