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How Laser Eye Correction Surgery Changes The Way You See

By Gwen Ann Wilson

Laser eye correction surgery has been a boon to many people suffering from poor vision. Since 1990 the popularity as well as the success of the surgery has helped many people from being dependent on glasses or contacts. In general, laser eye correction surgery definitely improves the quality of life and the most commonly used laser vision correction procedure is the LASIK laser eye surgery.

LASIK is considered one of the best laser eye correction surgeries. The entire procedure is painless and even after the surgery; there is no pain at all. On the next day of the surgery the patient can enjoy good vision. Both near-sighted and far-sighted people can benefit from this procedure.

The procedure appears to be quite simple. It is carried out in the top layer of the eye where a flap is cut. The flap is folded back and with the help of a laser, the surface of the eye is reshaped. The flap is then again put back and the eye heals in a natural way. This kind of surgery is cosmetic and in all cases of refractive surgery, it is elective.

With the help of laser, the flap on the eye is made by the surgeon. It can also be made by an instrument called a microkeratome. The flap is pushed back, so that the corneal tissues which were below the flap can be removed by the laser. With the help of an ultraviolet light beam all the tiny pieces of tissue on the cornea are removed, so that the cornea can be reshaped. Light now can easily enter into the eye and to the retina, so the vision is automatically cleared. Once the corneal tissues are removed, the flap is put back in its original place to cover the surface of the eye.

The entire laser eye correction surgery hardly lasts five minutes. So, you can get it done as an out-patient, because it is entirely an ambulatory procedure. Sometimes the patient is given a mild oral sedative some time before the procedure, but actually he is wide awake while the surgeon is performing the laser surgery. Though the patient can simply walk out of the surgery, it is best if he is accompanied by somebody who can take him home.

The laser correction surgery should only be carried out by skilled and experienced surgeons, because it is a very delicate procedure. Within a couple of minutes, the doctor has to perform the surgery with the minutest precision. Once the patient’s eyes are anesthetized, the doctor positions the laser perfectly above the eye, and keeps the eyelids open by a retainer, so that there is no movement at all.

With the help of laser the flap is created by the surgeon. In order to ensure perfect safety, the device is attached to the cornea to prevent any kind of movement, or any loss of contact. As the surgeon resurfaces the cornea using the laser light, the patient cannot feel anything at all. He perhaps hears some clicking sound from the laser, but feels no pain or discomfort.

If a patient undergoes laser surgery for both eyes, the surgeon performs the procedure on the second eye immediately after the first one. After the procedure, the patient must rest the eye. If there is a feeling of mild discomfort or pain, the surgeon prescribes some medication, but the pain generally remains only for a short while.

Learn more about Laser Eye Correction Surgery. Stop by Laser Eye Correction Surgery site where you can find out all about Laser Eye Correction Surgery and what it can do for you.

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Wilson, Gwen A. "How Laser Eye Correction Surgery Changes The Way You See." How Laser Eye Correction Surgery Changes The Way You See. 2 Jul. 2010. 3 Aug 2014 <>.

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Wilson, G (2010, July 2). How Laser Eye Correction Surgery Changes The Way You See. Retrieved August 3, 2014, from

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Wilson, Gwen A. "How Laser Eye Correction Surgery Changes The Way You See"

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