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LASIK - A now common procedure
One of first things that springs to mind when considering corrective eye surgery is term, "LASIK". An acronym for "laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis," this rather common procedure is used to correct certain vision problems through refractive surgery.
Since its debut in 1980s, there have been conflicting stories about what LASIK entails and whether or not it's truly successful.
Laser eye surgery is typically used for those who suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Until advent of LASIK, eyeglasses and contacts were used to treat these issues, but only served as aids to vision rather than corrections.
Those who have undergone a successful laser eye surgery procedure should find that their need for such aids are extremely diminished or eliminated altogether.
Reshaping your eyes
Technically speaking, LASIK eye surgery reshapes cornea from within eye itself using laser to accomplish task.
If, for instance, your cornea is not shaped correctly to fit dimensions of your eye, this procedure may be effective. By utilizing laser to extract bits of tissue from cornea in order to reshape it, refractive error can be corrected and visual images will then be focused directly onto retina, which may eliminate need for aids such as eyeglasses and contact lenses.
After a thorough eye examination, you'll be expected to choose a doctor to perform LASIK eye surgery. Once this has been done, you'll be scheduled for a consultation with doctor to discuss process, and you'll have opportunity to voice whatever questions or concerns that you may have prior to procedure.
Don't wear your glasses for up to a month before op'
You should expect to be instructed not to wear your glasses or contact lenses for two to four weeks prior to your surgery, in order for cornea to return to its natural shape, without interference from external visual aids.