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Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, more commonly referred to as LASIK, is a two-phase procedure that gently reshapes the cornea of the eye, allowing light to properly focus on the retina. By reshaping the cornea, we are often able to decrease or completely eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses. LASIK is an outpatient procedure with very little recovery time associated with it.
Both nearsighted and farsighted people can benefit from the LASIK procedure. With nearsighted people, the goal is to flatten the too-steep cornea; with farsighted people,
a steeper cornea is desired. While this is not widely recognized by consumers, Excimer lasers also can correct astigmatism by smoothing an irregular cornea into a more normal shape.
Variations of the procedure include Epi-LASIK, PRK, and custom Wavefront LASIK, in which wavefront technology is used to map the surface of the eye, creating a custom ablation.
Some people are confused about the purpose of LASIK. It is intended to improve your ability to see clearly, reducing your dependence on eyeglasses and contact lenses. It is not a treatment for glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or other eye diseases.
The LASIK Procedure
During the first phase of the LASIK procedure, a thin flap of corneal tissue is created on the surface of the eye. During the second phase of the LASIK procedure, the corneal flap is lifted and a cool laser beam of light is used to gently reshape the cornea, which in turn corrects your vision.
The desired shape of the cornea is determined by extensive testing and measurements that are calculated for your particular eyes. Corneal thickness, topography, corneal shape, refractive stability and severity and general eye health are just a few of the factors that enter into this decision.
The LASIK vision correction procedure will typically take between five and fifteen minutes for both of your eyes. Most patients notice a dramatic improvement in their vision immediately after the LASIK procedure.
For more information about LASIK & laser vision correction, request an appointment with Malik Eye Care serving the people of Manhattan, Jackson Heights, Hollis, Forest Hills, Hicksville and more.