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LASIK eye surgery - effective and always improving

Published on 18th October 2010

So many people have taken advantage of new advancements in laser vision correction. Since the introduction of LASIK eye surgery, an already safe procedure has become even more effective and comfortable. If you are somebody who has been hesitant to undergo laser eye surgery, then take a closer look at how the procedure is done and you will likely change your mind.

The process is actually performed in a fairly short amount of time. The first step involves creating a flap on the outside of the eye. This is the part that has concerned many people but it is more precise than you may think. A small amount of suction is applied to the eye and the flap is created using an instrument called a microkeratome. There are also many clinics that now use a laser to create the flap in an eye. What is best for you is something that can be discussed with your laser eye surgeon.

Following that, an excimer laser is then used to shape the eye. It is only applied to the eye for a few seconds with a series of pulses. It is now possible to correct a number of different vision problems with laser eye surgery including short-sightedness and long-sightedness. It is also possible for some clinics to correct an astigmatism using laser procedures.

Complications with laser eye surgery are actually quite rare. Some people are concerned about the fact that a laser will be used on the eye. It is done with extreme precision and the few people that have side effects generally find that they are quite mild. Some irritation can be present and people occasionally find it uncomfortable to have suction used on the eyes. Very few people report feeling pain and a mild sedative can be used for those who are feeling apprehensive about the procedure.

Considering how quickly the laser eye surgery can be performed and the incredible results that the vast majority of people get, it is worthwhile considering. Having clear vision and being rid of eyeglasses and contact lenses is something that is now possible with a procedure that continues to be developed and perfected.


All eye surgical procedures carry a level of risk including not obtaining the desired outcome, through to varying levels of visual loss. Your eye surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits, including ones specific to your circumstances, at the time of your pre-operative consultation.