How Does LASIK Work?

how-does-lasik-workLASIK surgery is the most common laser vision correction procedure, and has helped millions of people around the world see better every day. The procedure can be broken down in just a few easy steps.

  1. Numbing Drops: In San Clemente, your surgeon administers numbing drops that take effect in seconds and last throughout the procedure.
  1. Flap: Next your surgeon will create a thin, hinged flap in your cornea. When the flap is created and then lifted, it is normal for your vision to dim and blur.
  1. Laser Reshaping: While monitoring and tracking your eyes with a computer, your surgeon uses an excimer laser to precisely reshape the stroma layer of your cornea. The laser removes cells according to your unique prescription with incredible precision. If you’re getting custom LASIK eye surgery, your surgeon will correct for more nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism as needed.
  1. Flap Replacement: After the laser has completed its work, your surgeon replaces the flap on your cornea – without stitches – and you’ll begin to notice the difference almost immediately.
  1. Aftercare: After your procedure you will wear sunglasses and will need a ride home. Rest your eyes for about 24 hours. Your surgeon will schedule some follow-up evaluations. While you’ll want to be careful with your eyes, avoiding strenuous activities for a few weeks, most people are able to go right back to work the following day.

In order to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK, we invite you to visit us for a free consultation. You will meet with your surgeon to discuss what procedure will best suit your needs. Contact Harvard Eye Associates at 949-951-2020 or for more information.