LASIK, Conshohocken & Philadelphia
What is LASIK?
In this procedure, the surgeon cuts a hinged corneal flap composed of the outermost portion of the cornea. The computer-controlled excimer laser then reshapes the underlying exposed cornea. This minimizes discomfort and promotes rapid recovery. The surgeon then puts the flap back into place.
LASIK resembles PRK in that both procedures use the excimer laser to change the refractive error. However, because the surgeon creates the flap, LASIK preserves the epithelium and outermost corneal stroma. As a result, the surface of eyes treated with LASIK heals faster than those treated with PRK. Most patients achieve good vision the day following surgery. Furthermore, patients experience less discomfort.