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President's Prescription: LASIK Eye Surgery

Dr. Tedd Mitchell, President of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Dr. Tedd Mitchell, President of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center

The most sought after elective surgery in the country might surprise you.

It has nothing to do with improving how a person looks, but rather, improving how a person looks at the world. LASIK eye surgery was first approved in 1995. Since then, millions have undergone the procedure.

But if you've been waiting and wondering about it, that's the focus this week for Dr. Tedd Mitchell.

He is the president of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, and this is the President's Prescription:

LASIK eye surgery has become a common and fairly affordable refractive procedure to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and age-related eye changes to produce clearer, sharper vision without the need for glasses or contacts.

In general, people who under go refractive eye surgery have a good chance of achieving 20/25 vision or better. More than 8 out of every 10 people who've undergone refractive surgery no longer need glasses or contact lenses.

Refractive surgery is performed using a laser programmed to flatten the curve of the cornea or make it steeper to bend light rays to focus more precisely on your retina. An eye surgeon uses a special blade or cutting laser to cut a hinged flap about the size of a contact lens away from the front of your eye. After reshaping is complete, the flap is folded back into place.

The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes.

Results after LASIK eye surgery are different for everyone. People with low-grade nearsightedness tend to have the most success.

If you're considering refractive eye surgery, talk to your doctor. He or she can explain how the surgery might benefit you.

For the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, I'm Dr. Tedd Mitchell.

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