LASIK, or Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, uses sophisticated laser technology to reshape the eye’s cornea. The difference between PRK and LASIK Surgery is that PRK treats the exterior of the eye, reshaping the outside surface while LASIK Eye Surgery reshapes the cornea after a thin flap has been created on the surface of the eye.
As a result, with LASIK there is less area to heal, less risk of scarring, less risk of corneal haze, less post-operative pain, fewer post-operative medications, and vision is often improved more rapidly. Gordon-Weiss-Schanzlin Vision Institute was one of the initial centers in the United States to offer LASIK Eye Surgery.
With the LASIK Surgery procedure, a thin flap is created in the cornea’s upper layer. The laser will then precisely reshape the underlying corneal tissue to improve the way light is focused through the eye. The corneal flap will then be placed back in its original position. The entire procedure is typically complete within minutes and, for many patients, can be performed with the All Laser LASIK technique, which does not require the use of a surgical blade. Since LASIK is designed to help patients improve common vision conditions such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, the procedure can ultimately enhance the eyes’ focus and reduce – or even eliminate – reliance on glasses or contact lenses.
No sutures are required after replacing the cap. The surface is kept dry for several minutes and is then flushed with antibiotic eye drops. An eye shield or patch is applied.
After LASIK Surgery, patients may experience moderate burning or itching in the eye. The shield is removed the morning after surgery. For many patients the vision will be greatly improved after the patch is removed, whereas for others, variable improvement will be noticed with greater improvement as the eyes continue to heal. This depends on the amount of astigmatism present at the time of surgery. Eye drops will be prescribed.
In most cases, patients are able to return to work in a matter of a few days. Most activities may be resumed almost immediately. The face however should not be placed under water for at least two weeks.
Initial findings indicate the advantages of LASIK over PRK for high myopia:
- Faster short-term recovery of vision.
- Less discomfort.
- Reduced risk of haze formation.
To determine if LASIK may be an option for you, call 1-800-639-8474 to schedule a free evaluation online with one of our surgeons specially trained in LASIK at Gordon-Weiss-Schanzlin Vision Institute in San Diego.