LASIK Eye Surgery Procedure

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What happens during LASIK eye surgery?

LASIK Eye Surgery Procedure Tip: Many prospective patients might be surprised to learn the entire LASIK eye surgery can be completed within 15 minutes. Even more surprising is the fact that the laser used in the procedure is in use for less than one minute for each eye. During this time the cornea can be reshaped in a manner which will sufficiently correct the patient's vision.

Although LASIK eye surgery should preferably always begin with a consultation in which the surgeon examines the patient, learns about the patient's medical history and takes measurements required for the completion of the surgery, the actual surgical procedure is relatively simple and straightforward.

The first step in the LASIK eye surgery procedure is for the surgeon to cut a flap in the surface of the patient's cornea. This is done with the use of a handheld blade and the flap is then peeled back to expose the cornea. The laser is then employed to remove corneal tissue to correct abnormalities which adversely affect the patient's vision. This part of the procedure happens relatively quickly and is typically complete in less than one minute. Once the cornea has been reshaped, the flap is replaced in the original position and adheres to the surface without the need for any type of binding material.



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