History of LASIK
How did Barraquer’s surgery work?
How does laser eye surgery actually work?
1. The first step is to separate a thin layer from the front of the cornea. This can be done with either a flat, wide blade or a femtosecond laser that produces millions and millions of small/tiny bubbles of plasma to create a plane beneath the corneal surface.
2. Eye Surgeons now lift the flap to expose the inside of the cornea. Guided by the refractive error and the shape of the cornea, the excimer laser robotically sculpts the exposed corneal bed into the correct shape. This process usually takes less than 30 seconds for each eye.
3. Finally, the flap is closed, and its edges reseal themselves in just a few hours. Because the laser procedure is done on the eyeball itself, it’s described as “in situ,” or “on-site.” Its complete name is “laser in-situ keratomileusis” –but you probably know it as LASIK.
Essentially, this technique used by patient’s those having contact lens prescription onto their cornea.
Risk factors involved in laser eye surgery:
- Like any surgical procedure LASIK also comes with certain risks. Some patients experience slightly blurred vision that can’t be corrected by glasses.
Today, a new technique named SMILE enables surgeons to clip the cornea through even smaller incisions and with higher precision. t further reducing recovery time and lasers aren’t just correcting the three types of refractive errors, this technology can also restore aging eyes.
Soon, Barraquer’s vision of a world without glasses may finally come true.