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3 Vision Problems LASIK Can Correct

Monday, July 24th, 2017, 10:00 am

LASIK is the most common type of laser eye surgery. This popular procedure uses lasers to reshape the cornea and improve vision. The cornea is the clear covering on the front of the eye.

Vision Problems LASIK Can Correct

LASIK is highly safe, effective and painless, resulting in at least 20/20 vision. It is performed in an outpatient setting, which means that you can go home a few hours after your procedure. If you want to get rid of your eyeglasses or contact lenses, you should consider LASIK.

LASIK is a type of refractive eye surgery used to treat a number of refractive errors, as you will see below. In a normal eye, light passes through the cornea and focuses on the retina. However, if light focuses elsewhere, the following refractive errors and vision problems occur.

Note that if you are not a candidate for LASIK eye surgery, PRK is another type of laser eye surgery used to treat refractive errors. It is very similar to LASIK – both work to reshape the cornea – but the methods of doing so are different.

  1. Myopia (Nearsightedness)

    If you suffer from myopia, you will have trouble seeing objects that are far away. This is because your eye is longer and also because you have a steep cornea, which means that light is focused in front of the retina. The goal of LASIK in this case is to flatten the cornea.

  2. Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

    Hyperopia makes it difficult to see things close up. This is again due to the shape of the eye, particularly that it’s shorter than a normal eye in combination with the fact that you have a flatter cornea. In this instance, LASIK is used to make the cornea steeper.

  3. Astigmatism

    Astigmatism, which results in blurred vision, is the result of having an unevenly shaped cornea. This means that light is not properly focused on the retina, which causes impaired vision. LASIK works to smooth the cornea for improved vision.

You can read more about LASIK surgery on our website by clicking here.

If you are interested in LASIK surgery, consider Skouras Eye and Cosmetic Centre. We are one of the leading comprehensive eye care facilities in Toronto. Contact us today for more information.

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