Treating Nearsightedness with LASIK Surgery

By William Holcomb on December 12, 2014

An eye chart and a patient’s eyePatients who suffer from vision impairment rely on corrective lenses for clear vision. While caring for glasses or contact lenses may be a hassle, and upkeep may be costly, without the aid of these prescription lenses, patients would have a difficult time completing even the most basic functions. Recently, an increasing number of patients are turning to alternate treatments to restore clear vision. One of the most popular of these alternate treatments is LASIK surgery, which changes the shape of the cornea to address vision impairment. LASIK is a safe and effective treatment that can reduce or completely eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. At Holcomb Laser Center, we offer LASIK for nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.

Treating Nearsightedness

Nearsightedness, or myopia, is a type of vision impairment in which patients are able to clearly focus on objects that are up close, but they are unable to see objects clearly when they are at a distance. This condition is due to an imperfection in the shape of the cornea. While glasses or contact lenses may aid a patient in obtaining clear distance vision, LASIK surgery actually alters the shape of the cornea to significantly improve or eliminate the vision problem all together. In the case of nearsightedness, the problem is often caused by a cornea that is too steep; the goal is to flatten the cornea to allow for proper focusing on distant objects.

The LASIK Procedure

LASIK surgery is a quick procedure and often requires just a few minutes per eye. With the eye adequately numbed, our surgeons make a thin, circular flap in the cornea. This flap is lifted so that we have access to the underlying cornea. At this point, an excimer laser is used to make necessary alterations to the shape of the cornea. All changes are pre-determined before surgery and the laser is controlled by a computer that has been set to each patient’s unique prescription. This ensures the highest amount of precision and accuracy. With the necessary alterations complete, the corneal flap is lowered and patients rest for a short amount of time before returning home.

How Effective Is LASIK for Nearsightedness?

LASIK is extremely effective for patients who suffer from nearsightedness. Roughly 99 percent of patients who undergo LASIK for nearsightedness are able to eliminate the use of glasses or contact lenses for their distance vision. While many patients notice a marked improvement almost immediately after surgery, it can take several weeks for patients to experience the maximum results of treatment. During the recovery period, vision may still be slightly blurry and patients are likely to experience side effects such as dry, itchy eyes, and glares or halos.

Schedule an Appointment

If you suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism and are looking for an effective, long-term treatment, you owe it to yourself to learn more about LASIK surgery. Schedule an appointment with one of the laser eye surgeons at Holcomb Laser Center to find out if you are a good candidate for this revolutionary vision treatment. We look forward to hearing from you!

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