What is LASIK?

Laser in-Situ Keratomileusis, otherwise known as LASIK, is the most advanced refractive surgery procedure for correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. These vision problems are caused by an irregularly shaped cornea, the outer surface of the eye. In laser vision correction, the excimer laser is used to re-sculpt the cornea to a more normal shape.

LASIK combines the skill of the refractive surgeon with the advanced technology of the excimer laser. During LASIK, the surgeon uses an instrument known as a microkeratome to create a small flap from the outer layers of the cornea. A “hinge” is left in the flap so the flap can be laid back on the surface of the cornea. The excimer laser then uses cool ultra-violet light pulses to the underlying microscopic layers of corneal tissue. Finally, the flap is put back to its original position where it functions as a natural bandage on the cornea.

The actual procedure takes only minutes to perform. LASIK is virtually painless although a mild sedative and anesthetic eye drops are generally used. Patients can usually see quite well immediately after the surgery and frequently resume normal activities within a short period of time.

If you would like more information regarding LASIK in Maryland or more information regarding the expertise and surgical skills of Dr. Robert Gladsden please feel free to call us directly at  877.282.5066. We are more than happy to answer any of the questions you may have regrading custom LASIK vs. conventional lasik and the role of wavefront technology in our ability to perform accurate measurements of your cornea.