Precision Lasik

Facts About Lasik Surgery

Assessing Your Eye Condition


Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness. Most people suffering from myopia can focus easily on up close objects while far away objects appear blurry. If you are squinting to focus on distant objects, you are likely nearsighted. Your glasses or contact prescription likely has a negative number.


Hyperopia is the medical term for shortsightedness and is the opposite of nearsightedness. If you have difficulty reading or viewing your computer screen but can see objects in the distance, you may suffer from farsightedness. Check your glasses orcontact prescription and see if the "sphere" column has a positive number to determine if you have already been diagnosed with hyperopia.


Astigmatism is a common problem that results in distorted vision accompanied by blurriness. Often people who are farsighted or nearsighted may also have astigmatism. Astigmatism can be caused by many different ocular problems that may or may not be corrected by Lasik surgery.

If you suffer from any of these conditions or think that corrective Lasik surgery is right for you, please contact a Precision Lasik eye center near you. Only a qualified and licensed doctor can determine whether Lasik surgery is appropriate for you. Contact a doctor near you now.


How Does Lasik Surgery Cure These Problems?

The name Lasik is short for "laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. Lasik surgery is concentrated on a part of your eye called the cornea. When light moves through the cornea, it is refracted onto the cornea, another part of the eye. Much like the lens of a camera, your cornea focuses light in order to create an image. If the cornea is imperfect, the light is not focused properly, and the result is blurred vision and an inability to focus on either distant or nearby objects. These problems, which originate in the cornea, cause you to be nearsighted, farsighted or suffer from astigmatism.

Lasik surgery can fix these imperfections in the cornea and oftentimes correct your vision. If you currently suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, you are probably wearing glasses or contacts right now. Both glasses and contacts are designed to compensate for your eyes' inability to focus by altering the focal powers of your eyes. Lasik surgery has the same effect.

Lasik surgery involves the removal of portions of corneal tissue. In essence, your cornea is being reshaped by a laser in order to correct the way that light travels through your cornea. While this may sound like complicated surgery, it lasts only 15 to 30 minutes per eye and is completely painless!