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A Concise Guide to LASIK Eye Surgery

Are you interested in improving your vision through LASIK? This brief overview discusses the basics...

What is LASIK?

LASIK stands for laser-assisted situ keratomileusis, which is a type of surgery done performed by ophthalmologists, with the use of a laser. The surgery is done to correct common disorders such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. The procedure focuses on reshaping the cornea and changing the way light is refracted.

Who should get LASIK?

People who want to reduce their dependency or completely get rid of glasses and/or contact lenses. Patients of the procedure should be at least 18 years of age and should have at least a two year history of using either prescription glasses or contact lenses. The reason why LASIK isn’t recommended for people under the age of 18 is because they are much more likely to experience natural changes in vision. The candidate must also be aware of the procedure’s risks, although LASIK is generally safe and reliable.

What happens during LASIK?

LASIK eye surgery can be completed in less than five minutes and the patient is awake during the procedure. Oral sedatives or eye drops, and other products are often used to help make the patient more comfortable during the surgery. With the use of laser light pulses, the cornea will be painlessly reshaped one eye at a time. LASIK can take slightly longer for people with higher prescriptions. 

Who should you speak to about LASIK?

If you are a resident of NJ, LASIK should only be performed by licensed physicians who also have board certifications and a strong track record in New Jersey. LASIK candidates often seek referrals from either their personal eye doctor or friends who have already undergone the procedure. Whatever the case may be, it’s always a good idea to meet with your surgeon to make sure that you feel comfortable with their practice and so they can answer each and every question you may have on the procedure!