Have you wished there was a way to permanently fix your eyesight and rid
yourself of having to wear corrective glasses or contacts? You likely
have heard of
LASIK surgery, and know that it is a way to achieve better vision. Just as you would
prepare yourself for any surgical procedure, it is important to understand
what the surgery is and what it can do. To help you make the decision,
check out this overview of LASIK surgery.
How the Surgery Works
LASIK surgery is a two-part procedure. An eye surgeon will first use a laser or blade
to create a flap on the top layer of the cornea. This exposes the middle
section of the cornea. A second laser is used to reshape the cornea. The
way the cornea is reshaped is based on each patient and his or her specific
needs. After the reshaping of the cornea, the flap is folded back into
place. The incision heals itself over time.
If You Are a Candidate for LASIK
Most adults over the age of 18 are candidates for LASIK. The procedure
has the best results on patients who have a stabilized prescription, thus
making patients under the age of 18 unlikely surgical candidates. Patients
should be in good overall health before undergoing surgery. LASIK is generally
used for common eye problems such as astigmatism, farsightedness, and
nearsightedness. If you have a more complex vision problem, LASIK may
not be the solution for you.
What the Risks of LASIK Surgery Are
While LASIK is a relatively straightforward procedure that boasts positive
results, there is always a chance that it may not work. This could leave
you with the possibility of having to continue wearing glasses or contacts.
It is important to understand that LASIK surgery is still surgery, and
complications can occur.
If you would like to learn more about
LASIK surgery in New York, or if think you might be a candidate for the procedure, contact Dr. Mark
Hornfeld. Dr. Hornfeld specializes in eye surgeries such as LASIK surgery
and eye cataract surgery. Call (212) 580-8881 to schedule a consultation.