Advancement in vision correction surgery over the years has offered patients not only several different options, but also better outcomes. In fact, vision problems have become a matter of just finding the right vision correction surgery for the best results. One of these is LASIK. LASIK, short for laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis is one of the best options for correcting vision. It is safe and effective, So to give you more information about your vision correction surgery options, here’s a look at the different types of LASIK, as well as different types of vision correction surgery using a laser, that are currently available.
Types of LASIK
The typical LASIK procedure is done to correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The surgery is performed by an eye surgeon or ophthalmologist. The surgeon creates a flap on the cornea. The corneal flap serves as an opening in the cornea where the surgeon will do the reshaping. Laser light, which is computer controlled, is then used in cutting or reshaping the corneal tissue. After the reshaping, the doctor will then place the flap back in its original position. Within the next few hours the flap will heal naturally. The good thing about LASIK is that is comes with little discomfort and recovery and healing happens fast. In fact, immediately after the surgery patients report significant improvement in their vision.
Aside from the standard LASIK procedure, vision correction technology has made it possible for eye surgeons to perform custom LASIK. Custom LASIK has some key differences from standard LASIK. The same corneal flap becomes created and the same reshaping of the cornea is done using laser light. With custom LASIK the use of special software or technology allows for increased accuracy in reshaping the cornea. The software specifically measures the aberrations of the patient’s individual eye to offer the best result.
IntraLase LASIK comes as another type of LASIK. It is referred to as blade-less LASIK because instead of using a surgical instrument in creating the corneal flap, the eye surgeon uses a laser. In other words, this is also the same in terms of procedure as LASIK surgery with the only difference being the instrument used to create the flap.
Choosing the right LASIK for your eyes is a decision best made with an eye specialist. Not all patients are good candidates for LASIK, but there are other procedures that are equally as effective and safe. If you want to know more about vision correction treatments, you can visit Sugarland Eye & Laser Center, the leading laser eye surgery center in Houston.
Other Types of Laser Surgery
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) – Instead of creating a corneal flap, the eye surgeon reshapes the eye on the surface of the cornea.
LASEK or laser epithelial keratomileusis – LASEK is the same as LASIK. An epithelial flap is created underneath where the cornea is reshaped and then a contact lens is placed in the eye after the flap is put back into its original position.
Sugarland Eye & Laser Center leads in providing premium LASIK technologies to Houston, Sugar Land, and the surrounding region. The Center’s award-winning medical director introduced revolutionary technologies such as iLASIK to the region. This technology is used by NASA astronauts, Navy SEALS and Air Force fighter pilots. At Sugarland Eye & Laser Center, you can now receive the same treatment. For more information, please call (281) 240-0478 or visit us at www.houston-lasik.com.
About the Author
Amjad Khokhar, M.D. is Chief LASIK Surgeon at Sugarland Eye & Laser Center. Add Dr. Khokhar on Google+ here.