LASIK is a surgical procedure intended to reduce a person's dependency on glasses or contact lenses. The goal of today's Vidyya is to provide objective information about LASIK surgery.
Other sections of today's service will help interested parties learn about what is expected before surgery, what will happen during the surgery, and what happens after surgery. There is a glossary of terms and a checklist of issues for patients to consider, practices to follow, and questions to ask a provider before undergoing LASIK surgery.
LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis and is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser. A knife, called a microkeratome, is used to cut a flap in the cornea. A hinge is left at one end of this flap. The flap is folded back revealing the stroma, the middlesection of the cornea.
Pulses from a computer-controlled laser vaporize a portion of the stroma and the flap is replaced.