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About Lasik Eye Surgery

Updated on September 13, 2009

LASIK (aka Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) refers to a kind of refractive eye surgery, which is used for the vision treatment of myopia, hyperopia, as well as astigmatism. The surgery is conducted with the help of a laser.

In recent times, it has become quite popular and is usually preferred over photorefractive keratectomy, since it involves lesser recovery time for the patient.

Apart from that, lasik surgery also involves lesser pain. These days, many people have started opting for this technique; most of them doing so, to avoid wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses.

The technique was developed by Jose Barraquer in 1950, who was a Colombia-based Spanish ophthalmologist. The technique was developed by him, for cutting thin flaps in the cornea and then change its shape. He named this procedure as keratomileusis.

Lasik Vision Correction

Today, most eye surgery procedures were performed using LASIK technique by permanently remodeling the shape of the cornea (the clear covering of the front of the eye) under the flap with with the laser.
Today, most eye surgery procedures were performed using LASIK technique by permanently remodeling the shape of the cornea (the clear covering of the front of the eye) under the flap with with the laser.

These days however, the surgical procedures have become far more advanced than what they were in the 1950’s.

Nowadays, the surgery is conducted, with the patient being awake, although, he or she may be administered some mild sedatives or anesthetic eye drops.

The surgery takes place in three steps, wherein, the first step involves creating a flap of the corneal tissue; the second step involves altering the cornea below the flap with the help of laser and the third step involves repositioning of the flap.

You will however be required to take several pre, as well as post operative precautions, in order to avoid complications.

Now if you are considering lasik eye surgery for yourself, there are a few aspects that you need to consider, price being one of them.

The cost of lasik eye surgery varies greatly, depending upon the number of factors, such as the experience of a surgeon, the kind of technology and equipments that is used, the degree of refractive error, as well as the region, where the operation center is located. In normal conditions, you may have to shell out anywhere around $499 to $2,500 per eye.

As it is price is one of the major considerations in such cases. However, your choice should not be only dependent on the cost of surgery alone.

Remember, it is always better to get lasik eye treatment from an experienced surgeon, rather than a surgeon who is totally inexperienced.

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