stands for Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis. It is a procedure that permanently modifies the shape of the
cornea which is the clear covering found on the frontal part
of the eye. Lasik surgery is provided to
lessen the dependency of a person over contact lenses or
How does Lasik work?
The process comprises of two steps;
the first step is
making a corneal flap and then followed by reshaping the
cornea depending upon the need of the patient. The corneal flap
can be made by using either a microkeratome blade or
a laser called Intralase. The Intralase Laser is a
new technology used to prepare the corneal flap. This
procedure is known as IntraLasik; or All-Laser/Bladeless
It should be remembered that
complications normally take place when the flap is created.
However, the risk is not that high at present as surgical techniques have been improved and
instruments were upgraded. This advancement is known to have
lessened the complications. The process is considered as
outpatient procedure since it will only take about 5 minutes
before the whole therapy is completed. During the process,
the surgeon will have to use a computer to regulate the
laser depending on the patientís personal prescription. The
patient will have to glance at a target light for a short
span of time while the laser will provide pulses of light in
order to reshape cornea painlessly.
The Cost of Laser Eye Surgery
For all laser-based vision correction
processes then it may total to $2,105.
For procedures wherein a bladed
instrument such as the microkeratome and Excimer lasers
are used then it may total to $1,662.
$2,341 for Wavefront-guided
Lasik using IntraLase.
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