Ever wonder what it would be like to wake up in the morning with clear, crisp vision (no glasses necessary)? That is how millions of people wake up after LASIK surgery, and you may be able to too. Here at Bowden Eye & Associates, we are dedicated to providing the best laser vision correction services in the Jacksonville, FL area.
What Is LASIK?
LASIK surgery (which stands for laser-assisted in situ Keratomileusis) is a vision correction procedure. LASIK surgery permanently corrects common refractive errors like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. The goal of LASIK surgery is to correct vision by reshaping the cornea. When you have a refractive error, it means the cornea is misshapen. This makes it difficult for your cornea to focus light onto the retina properly, resulting in blurry vision.
The Three Steps to LASIK Surgery
There are three main steps to LASIK surgery. The first step is to create a detailed map of the surface of the cornea. This step is what makes our LASIK procedures “custom”. Your LASIK surgeon will use this corneal map to see exactly which part of your cornea needs reshaping.
The second step is to create a corneal “flap” on the surface of the eye. Here at Bowden Eye & Associates, we use the “bladeless” LASIK method. To do this, your surgeon will use a femtosecond laser. This laser will create a thin, circular hinge in the middle of the cornea. The corneal flap is then gently pulled to the side to expose the inner layers of the cornea for treatment.
The third and last step involves reshaping the cornea. To achieve this, your surgeon will use a specialized laser called an excimer laser. This laser will be programmed with your corneal topography in mind. The excimer laser will then remove microscopic amounts of corneal tissue to even out the surface. Once this step is finished, so is the surgery!
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