Correcting Refractive Errors with LASIK

LASIK is an outpatient surgical procedure that utilizes the excimer laser to reshape the cornea which is the clear window at the front of the eye. This reshaping corrects refractive errors or issues with the way the eye focuses light. Millions of people have had laser vision surgery to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

With LASIK, a thin flap is created in the superficial layers of the cornea. Next our surgeon folds back the flap using a state of the art VISX STAR S4 IR excimer laser. This is also known as CustomVue.

After folding back the flap, the surgeon uses a VISX wave-front guided laser, per-programmed with your custom measurements to reshape the exposed corneal tissue. Once the cornea has been reshaped, the flap is put back into position, where it adheres naturally on its own.

One of the keys to a successful LASIK procedure is the measurement your ophthalmologist takes to determine your refractive error. Now an enhanced version of LASIK called wavefront guided custom laser surgery, or wavefront–guided LASIK is available. Wavefront–guided LASIK uses a special device to precisely measure the corneas refractive errors. If wavefront–guided LASIK is an option for you, you may benefit from this customized approach to refractive surgery, which result in improved quality of vision compared to the traditional approach.