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What is Lasik Surgery?

Feb 6, 2008
Lasik surgery is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser. Houston has been at the forefront of implementing new technology in the treatment of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Thus, lasik Houston has the most advanced laser system today called the Wavelight Allegretto Excimer Laser System, which has been approved by the FDA.

The City is home to the only eye care center that exclusively performs lasik treatments. Since their expertise is primarily focused on laser vision correction, this area not only has the latest diagnostic and surgical equipment, but the doctors who perform Lasik surgery are experts in their field.

Lasik Houston allows for an affordable alternative to lasik surgery since they own their own equipment. Moreover, because they are an FDA investigational site, they were first to be approved for the Wavelight Allegretto Excimer Laser System they now utilize successfully today.

In order to fully understand why the Wavelight Allegretto Excimer Laser System is so successful, it is important to explain how a typical laser procedure was performed prior to the Wavelight. The cornea is that part of the eye that allows one to focus light which creates an image on the retina. Refraction is the process whereby the light is bent and focused. Thus, if an object is blurry or out of focus, this is known as a refractive error. Individuals who wear glasses or contact lenses are suffering from some form of refractive error and therefore laser surgery may be indicated also known as refractive surgery.

The surgery itself reshapes the cornea to allow for more acute vision. One of the first laser procedures ever performed was known as PRK. It was designed to reshape the cornea by using a laser. In this procedure, the top layer of the cornea is scraped away while in lasik surgery, a flap is cut and the cornea is reshaped to produce optimum focus.

The advancement in technology in general and for the doctors in particular, lasik surgery not only cuts the actual surgery time down to a bare minimum, but affords the patients at International EyeCare the opportunity to experience the new Wavelight Allegretto Excimer Laser System by skilled surgeons whose only task is to improve one's vision more effectively than ever before.

The procedure has little discomfort during and after surgery. It is not done with general anesthesia. The ophthalmologist will put numbing drops into the eye before the treatment. The surgery takes approximately 30 minutes for the entire procedure.

Any pain experienced after surgery will be taken care of with an over the counter pain medication. Most of the time both eyes are done the same day. After the surgery patients must not drive, therefore transportation by another persona is needed.

After treatment it is recommended that the patient sleep or rest. The patient must be sure not to rub or injure the eye since a corneal flap has been carefully put back in its original position. Contact your ophthalmologist if you have any excessive pain or develop any complications that were discussed with you about your surgery.
About the Author
At the International EyeCare Laser Center, our doctors practice LASIK only - we are specialists. Dr. Charles Moore is instrumental in the design and development of LASIK diagnostic and surgical equipment. For more information visit our site: http://www.texaslasik.com/
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