Like cataract surgery, success depends on the selection of the best qualified surgeon. Experience and staff do make a difference in the outcome! Dr. Ford works to find you the best surgeon and helps you to understand all that's involved with pre- and post-operative care. Dr. Ford will perform a pre-operative exam before your surgery to save you both time and money.
LASIK, or Laser in-Situ Keratomileusis, has become the procedure of choice for millions of people each year. LASIK involves the use of the Excimer laser to emit a "cool beam" of ultraviolet light that reshapes the cornea by removing microscopic amounts of tissue. Removal of these small amounts of tissue creates a new corneal curve that corrects for myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.
Dr. Ford refers his patients who are candidates for LASIK surgery to the expert doctors at the Eye Specialty Group in Memphis, TN.
Introduction to LASIK
LASIK is the most commonly performed refractive surgery procedure. You may hear people calling it "LASIX," but the correct name is LASIK, which is short for "laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis."
Why is it so popular? LASIK has advantages over other vision correction procedures, including a relative lack of pain afterward and the fact that good vision usually is achieved by the very next day.
An instrument called a microkeratome is used in LASIK eye surgery to create a thin, circular flap in the cornea. Another, newer way of making the flap is with a laser.
The surgeon folds the hinged flap back out of the way, then removes some corneal tissue underneath using an excimer laser. The excimer laser uses a cool ultraviolet light beam to precisely remove ("ablate") very tiny bits of tissue from the cornea to reshape it.
When the cornea is reshaped in the right way, it works better to focus light into the eye and onto the retina, providing clearer vision than before. The flap is then laid back in place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed.
Both nearsighted and farsighted people can benefit from the LASIK procedure. With nearsighted people, the goal is to flatten the too-steep cornea; with farsighted people, a steeper cornea is desired. Excimer lasers also can correct astigmatism by smoothing an irregular cornea into a more normal shape.