Correcting Your Vision with LASIK Surgery
Tired of wearing eyeglasses or contacts? LASIK surgery might be the solution for you. Our team at Valley Vision Clinic & Optical in Richfield provides insight into the procedure below.
What Is LASIK Surgery and How Does It Work?
LASIK surgery is used to correct refractive errors to eliminate or reduce the need for other eyewear. The specifics of the surgery differ slightly depending on the refractive error being addressed. However, the foundational steps remain the same. Your eyes will be numbed before a small blade or laser is used to make a flap in the front of the eye. The surgery then utilizes the power of a laser beam to reshape the cornea according to your specific vision needs. The flap is then put back in place and typically heals without the need for stitches.
What Conditions Can LASIK Surgery Treat?
LASIK eye surgery is typically used for one of three refractive errors: myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. These conditions occur because the eye does not bend light correctly, leading to vision problems. Let’s take a deeper look at each of these conditions:
- Myopia: Myopia is otherwise known as nearsightedness. This occurs when the cornea has too sharp of a curve or the eyeball itself is longer than the average eyeball. The light then lands in front of the retina, causing objects in the distance to be blurry.
- Hyperopia: Hyperopia or farsightedness is the opposite. It means that either the cornea is flat or the eyeball is shorter than it should be. The light then lands behind the retina, making close-up objects blurry.
- Astigmatism: Astigmatism means that you have problems seeing up close and seeing objects in the distance since the cornea is uneven.
LASIK typically works for mild cases of these conditions, as it can be used to reshape the cornea as needed.
Is LASIK Surgery Effective?
LASIK surgery can be incredibly effective for many people. The laser takes away some of the tissue to shape the cornea as needed. However, it’s not always effective for those with severe cases of myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism. Some people still need to wear glasses or contacts for specific vision needs. Additionally, LASIK is not suitable for everyone, including those with:
- Severe dry eyes
- Corneal scars
- Cataracts that affect vision
- Uncontrolled diabetes
Visit Our Optometrists for Eyecare Solutions in Richfield, UT
Our team at Valley Vision Clinic & Optical is happy to discuss LASIK surgery and any other potential options to help you see clearly. Call our team today at (435) 896-8142 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.