LASIK is a procedure for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

LASIK (Laser-In-Situ Keratomileusis) is an elective, outpatient, laser vision correction procedure used to improve vision and reduce or eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses. A cool beam of light from the excimer laser is used in LASIK to gently reshape the front surface (cornea) of the eye. LASIK is suitable for most low, moderate and higher prescriptions.

You might be a good candidate for the LASIK if you:

  • are at least 18 years of age
  • are in good general health
  • do not have eye diseases such as keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts and certain retinal and optic nerve diseases
  • are free of certain eye viruses including herpes simplex and herpes zoster
  • have had a stable prescription for at least one year

The Procedure – In Detail

First, the patient’s eye is numbed with an eye drop. Dr. Harvey then uses a laser to create a thin corneal flap. The corneal flap is lifted up, and the laser beam is applied to the exposed interior surface of the cornea to reshape the tissue. The flap is then replaced over the treated area.

The corneal flap serves a natural bandage, which eliminates the discomfort associated with other types of refractive surgery, and expedites the healing process. Because of the extraordinary bonding properties of the corneal tissue, stitches are not need to keep the flap in place after LASIK surgery.

Some patients may feel slight irritation for a few hours, but this usually disappears after a nap and rest. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis so that the patient is able to leave the surgery center the same day. Patients are advised to arrange for someone to drive them to and from surgery.

More information can also be found at Dr. Harvey is a LASIK surgeon with TLC Laser Eye Center in Eau Claire and free consultations are available by calling 877.TLC.2388.

LASIK or Laser Vision Correction Explanation

LASIK or Laser Vision Correction, is very safe and effective. Thomas Harvey MD Ophthologist that specializes in LASIK explains the procedure, its effectiveness, and healing.