Laser Vision Correction at Snead Eye Group
Chances are, you’ve heard of LASIK. But do you know what it does or what the procedure entails? LASIK is a form of laser vision correction offered by Snead Eye Group, one of the most popular elective surgeries in Southwest Florida. Using a laser beam, an eye surgeon can reshape the cornea of your eye to make it more ideal for focusing light, thus improving your vision.
Laser vision correction is one of the most popular elective surgeries in the U.S. today. It can give patients with common vision problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, improved vision. This can help to reduce their dependency on glasses or contact lenses, and in some cases eliminate their dependency entirely.
LASIK has become the most widely performed and accepted form of laser vision correction. In one survey, 87 percent of LASIK patients said they would recommend it to their friends. There is no minimum amount of correction required for LASIK, and speaking to your eye doctor about it can be the first step to changing how you see the world forever.
Refractive errors are imperfections in the eye that prevent light from focusing properly onto the retina, causing blurred vision. Two of the most common types are myopia and hyperopia, better known as nearsightedness and farsightedness.
Nearsightedness typically occurs when the curve of the cornea is too steep. This causes light to focus in front of, rather than on, the retina, making objects in the distance appear blurry. With LASIK, the laser can remove tissue from the center of the cornea to make it flatter. This allows light to better focus directly on the retina.
Farsightedness can occur when the cornea is too flat or the eye is too short. This prevents light from being able to focus on the retina, resulting in blurry close vision. LASIK corrects this by making the cornea steeper and by removing tissue from the outer margins of the cornea, allowing light to more accurately focus onto the retina.
LASIK vs. PRK
PRK or Photo Refractive Keratectomy is a laser procedure that is also used to correct vision problems like nearsightedness and farsightedness. LASIK has the same overall effect, however has a slightly different procedural method. During a PRK procedure, the doctor will remove the outer layer of the cornea in order to treat the eye. LASIK surgery only requires that an incision be made in order to create a flap of corneal tissue that is lifted to create direct access for the laser.
LASIK recovery is far quicker than recovery from PRK, allowing most patients to see normally within a short time of the procedure.