Laser Eye Surgery: What Can LASIK Treat?

A hand rejects a pair of glasses being offered by another hand.You may be wondering: what can LASIK treat? William E. Holcomb, serving Cullman and Huntsville, provides LASIK surgery, and can help determine if this procedure is right for you. LASIK surgery can help patients who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, to achieve a greatly improved quality of life. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment. We look forward to helping you experience clearer vision.

What Is LASIK?

LASIK surgery corrects vision impairment by reshaping a patient's cornea, the dome-shaped area where light enters the eye. The goal of LASIK, and other refractive surgery such as PRK, is to reshape the cornea so light entering the eye focuses properly on the retina. When light cannot focus properly on the retina, your perception becomes distorted. At Holcomb Laser Center, Dr. Holcomb will carefully analyze your eyes to determine the type and extent of your visual impairment. To ensure that you receive the best possible results, we perform only iLASIK, or blade-free LASIK. Using advanced lasers in every step of this surgery, Dr. Holcomb will create a flap in the cornea, granting access to its inner layer (called the stroma). He will precisely remove microscopic portions of tissue from your cornea, which will refine how light enters the eye.

What Types of Visual Errors Does LASIK Correct?

LASIK surgery corrects the three main types of refractive error: hyperopia, myopia, and astigmatism. Whether you have difficulty seeing objects close-up or far away, or if you experience generally blurry vision, LASIK may be able to help you. LASIK addresses the following errors in different ways:

Nearsightedness (Myopia): If you are nearsighted, you have difficulty perceiving faraway objects. Myopia results from a cornea that is curved at too sharp of an angle.

Farsightedness (Hyperopia): If you are farsighted, you have difficulty seeing objects close up, such as when you are reading. Hyperopia occurs when your cornea is too flat.

Astigmatism: If you have an astigmatism, you may be able to see things close up or far away, but they may appear blurry. Astigmatism is caused by an asymmetrically curved cornea.

How Does LASIK Correct My Vision?

Dr. Holcomb corrects refractive errors by physically reshaping your cornea using our STAR S4 IR™ Excimer Laser. By creating a more curved, flattened, or symmetrical shape to the cornea, it can properly focus light onto your retina. Your retina contains rods and cones, specialized photoreceptors that translate light into electrical impulses transmitted to the brain. Your brain translates these signals into the image that you see. With proper ongoing care, the effects of LASIK can be long-lasting, helping you to reduce or eliminate your need for corrective eye wear.

Contact Us Today

If you are tired of wearing glasses or contacts to correct your nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, LASIK surgery can offer you the long-term improvement you desire. Our blade-free LASIK procedure is the safest approach to this highly beneficial procedure. Contact Holcomb Laser Center if you are interested in learning more about how LASIK can improve your vision.

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