3 Things You Should Know about Lasik Eye Surgery

Common vision problems such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness certainly takes away from the experience of seeing the beauty of the world. Fortunately, there is a technology that aims to help in restoring your vision to its full clarity: LASIK.

What exactly is it, though, and why is it worthy of consideration? Here are the top three things you need to know if you’re thinking of LASIK eye surgery in Los Angeles or elsewhere.

The technology has been around for nearly 20 years. LASIK was built on the design of photorefractive keratectomy, a procedure that used an excimer laser. In the 90s, two European doctors enhanced the technology by developing two types of vision correction processes known as the “flap and zap”. These doctors used a blade to cut a thin flap on the cornea, zap the underlying tissues, and then replace the flap. The procedure is now known as LASIK, and it was approved in the United States in 1999.

It is designed to be safe. Since its inception, LASIK has undergone considerable milestones in ensuring its safety. In the same year that LASIK was approved in the country, doctors began to develop wavefront analysis technology — a customized procedure that maps out a patient’s specific prescription to better reshape the cornea. The technology gained US FDA approval in 2002. That year, bladeless laser surgery was also invented.

It is ideal for a lot of people. LASIK eye surgery is considered ideal for about 80 percent of the population — people aged 18 and above who lead active lifestyles, and are in general good health. The best way to know if you are a candidate, however, is to consult a trusted ophthalmologist.

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