If nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism is a problem for you, LASIK is a trusted treatment option. At Staten Island Ophthalmology & Academic Eye Center, our ophthalmologists offer several types of laser-assisted LASIK procedures. This treatment can fix a variety of vision problems.
S1: Years ago, there was a laser that was invented to reshape the cornea. That laser, after it reshapes the cornea allows the cornea to have a different power. The process in which the cornea gets reshaped is through a procedure called Lasik. Lasik stands for laser intrastromal keratomileusis. So what that is, is a procedure where we can actually create a little flap on the cornea, the lasers apply to the base of the cornea, causing the cornea now to have a new shape. And then we can put the flap back down on the cornea, so the front surface of the cornea is undisturbed. Now the patient can recover, typically in 24 to 48 hours and have the power of their eye changed, almost as if we molded a custom contact lens onto the surface of the eye. So the Lasik changes the power of the eye using a laser. No procedure can guarantee that patients will be free from glasses. However, by changing the power of the eye it significantly decreases a patient's dependency or need for glasses. Typically, it is more for distance, however in certain cases it also helps patients for reading also. S2: I still remember I noticed the first thing. I finished the procedure. I sat up, and I looked at the clock on the wall, and I can see that with clarity. You know I haven't -- I had kind of forgotten how I can see things without glasses clearly, so it's good the experience.