Is it your first time hearing the term LASIK Surgery? Or are you planning to undergo a LASIK procedure? Before you jump into that matter, it’s good to have some background knowledge first so that you are more aware of what you’re getting yourself into.
First, some general knowledge about the eye correction method. Laser-assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK pronounced as LAY-sik) is a form of refractive laser eye surgery. It is considered to be an alternative to having glasses and contact lenses and it has been over 20 years since it was introduced in the United States. Used to treat myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), and astigmatism, LASIK has become the universally performed laser eyesight correction surgery.
This type of surgery is painless and very safe. Some patients experience little pain and eventually fully recover within the healing period of three to six months. During the surgery, patients are fully aware and go temporarily blind. But this is normal since the cornea is being worked on. After the operation, the patient restores his or vision.
Eyesight is guaranteed to improve as soon as the procedure has finished. Although there is no promise to achieving a 20/20 vision, patients and reputable surgeons have been recommending people with vision discrepancies to consider LASIK eye surgery. If you’re still not a believer, then go ahead and read about our LASIK success stories!
Without further ado, here are LASIK terms you should definitely know about:
Laser-assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) – a form of refractive laser eye surgery performed by and Ophthalmologist to correct vision.
Microkeratome – a precision surgical instrument with an oscillating blade used to create the corneal flap in LASIK.
Eye surgery – ophthalmic surgery or ocular surgery, a surgical procedure performed on the eye.
Refractive – the turning or bending of any wave, such as light or sound wave, when it passes from one medium to another of different optical density. Also, it is the eye’s ability to bend light so that an image is focused on the retina, allowing the image to be sent to the brain for processing.
In Situ – a Latin phrase meaning “in place”
Keratomileusis – a procedure for the correction of the refraction of the cornea by removing a deep corneal lamella, freezing it, forming it into a new curvature, and then replacing it.
Ophthalmologist – a physician who specializes in ophthalmology.
Ophthalmology – a branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, pathology, functions, and treatment of the eye.