What is Lasik?

LASIK (Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis) is the most popular of current laser vision correction procedures. It is designed to lessen your dependence on corrective lenses if you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. Performed in the comfort of our office, it takes just a few minutes per eye and is relatively painless.

  How Does Lasik Work?
The cornea is like the lens of a camera. It focuses light rays on the retina at the back of your eye to produce the images you see. When the cornea is not perfectly shaped, the images you see are blurred. The Excimer laser system (LASIK) sculpts the cornea into the correct curvature. In nearsightedness, images are focused in front of the retina. It is corrected by flattening the cornea. In farsightedness, images are focused behind the retina. It is corrected by increasing the curvature of the cornea. In astigmatism, the cornea has an irregular curvature. It is corrected by evening the curvature.  

  How do I know if I'm a Candidate for Lasik?

LASIK may benefit you if you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. Dr. Bodiford will perform an evaluation to determine if LASIK is right for you. During this exam, a topographical "map" of your eyes will be made and your pupils will be dilated. All of the data gathered during the exam is then entered into the Excimer computer that will determine your eye's pattern and direct the laser during the procedure under Dr. Bodiford's guidance. As part of Bodiford Eye Center's ongoing community service, we offer free eye screenings throughout the Arklahoma area. These screenings do not take the place of a physician exam but can help answer your eye care questions.

What Can I Expect During the Lasik Procedure?

First, anesthetic drops will be placed in your eye. Then, an automated microkeratome is used to separate a thin flap and lift it from the front of the cornea. You will then be asked to focus on a small red light while the Excimer laser removes microscopic layers of cornea. The flap is then washed with a saline solution and carefully put back in place.  

What Kind of Anesthesia is Used During the Surgery?

Anesthetic drops will be used during surgery. No shots or IV's are used.


  What can I expect After the Procedure?

You may experience some light sensitivity or a scratching sensation as the anesthetic drops wear off but this will usually subside within a few hours. You can expect immediate improvement in your vision and vision can continue to improve for several weeks after the procedure. For a short period after the procedure you will be kept reclined and you will be given protective goggles to wear until your return appointment the next day. The recovery period is virtually painless.


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