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What is LASIK?



If you are looking to reduce the need for glasses or contacts, there is a procedure that can give you your visual freedom. This procedure is called LASIK. LASIK stands for Laser in-situ keratomileusis. LASIK is a noninvasive, refractive surgery that changes the shape of your cornea using a laser that admits an ultraviolet beam of light and this is what can correct your vision. The beam of light reshapes the top layer of the cornea and this can allow an image to focus directly on the retina, creating clearer, brighter sight. The laser sends calculated pulses of ultraviolet light to the cornea based on pre-operative measurements and these light pulses remove a microscopic layer of the cornea and this changes its shape.

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There are different types of refractive surgeries and at Anderson and Shapiro, we offer the best technology in vision correction and our skilled surgeons are here to make the best choices for you and your visual needs. If you are considering LASIK, call (608) 827-7705 to request an appointment and our experts will help you make the right decision about whether LASIK eye surgery is right for you.

LASIK Alternatives

Some individuals may not be a candidate for LASIK; however, there are other options which may work for you. Here are some other alternatives the surgeon may find more suitable for you: PRK, Phakic IOLs, IOL, or Raindrop Inlay.

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is done by removing the surface (epithelial) cells of the cornea and then resculpting the cornea with the excimer laser. PRK differs from LASIK in that no flap of tissue is created prior to applying the treatment. Afterwards, a bandage contact lens is placed on the eye and typically removed approximately 1 week later. This procedure can be done in patients to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It is often used when the cornea is too thin for LASIK.

Phakic IOL

Phakic IOL is done by placing an artificial lens inside of the eye and leaving the natural lens in its place. This procedure is typically done in patients with high levels of myopia.

Intraocular lenses (IOLs)

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) may be an option if the refractive error of the eye falls outside the parameters set for our lasers. We do this procedure by removing the natural lens of the eye and placing an artificial lens. This procedure is known as refractive lens exchange and is similar to cataract surgery. There are numerous types of lens options, depending on your lifestyle and desire. The surgeon would be able to discuss which lens may work best for you.

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