LASIK is a surgical procedure designed to help correct specific types of vision problems and reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses. The LASIK technique reshapes the cornea, which is the clear dome-shaped covering over your iris and pupil. The cornea helps focus light on the back of the light-sensitive retina where images are transmitted to the brain for interpretation. When the cornea is not perfectly shaped, it can result in difficulty seeing far or near or cause blurry vision. By reshaping the cornea, LASIK helps people see more clearly without relying on corrective lenses.
LASIK begins by making an incision in the cornea, creating a flap that can be gently lifted backward to expose the tissue beneath. Once the flap is made, a special laser is used to shape the cornea, gently removing tiny amounts of tissue so the corneal shape is normalized. Dr. Cohen uses a state-of-the-art mapping system that scans the surface of your eye so adjustments are more precise and accurate. Once the cornea is reshaped, the flap is put back in place and serves as a bandage to help encourage healing. Most patients find their vision is much clearer soon after the procedure is completed.
While LASIK has a very high satisfaction rate, it's not ideal for every patient. Dr. Cohen will perform a thorough eye examination prior to your procedure and review all your treatment options so you can feel confident in the decision you make.
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While LASIK can eliminate the need for glasses for many patients, others may still need glasses for certain tasks. Dr. Cohen will review your vision needs and the possibility you may still need to wear glasses occasionally so you know what to expect following surgery.