President's Prescription: Lasik Surgery - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

President's Prescription: Lasik Surgery

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

In general, people who undergo 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.

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