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LASIK Specialist

Center for Sight of New York

Comprehensive Ophthalmology Specialists located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

LASIK is a highly advanced form of laser eye surgery that corrects problems like short-sightedness without the need for any incisions. Center for Sight of New York, in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City, provides exceptional LASIK surgeries carried out by a highly experienced eye surgeon. To take advantage of the exceptional treatments and facilities at the Center for Sight of New York, call the office today or request an appointment online.

LASIK Q&A

What is LASIK?

LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. It’s a type of laser surgery that the Center for Sight of New York uses to correct your vision by reshaping the cornea in the front of your eye.

Blurred vision that’s due to problems like astigmatism, hyperopia (farsightedness), or myopia (nearsightedness), develops because your cornea isn’t quite the right shape to handle light as it enters your eye.

The cornea’s job is to focus light onto your retina, which is at the back of your eye. The retina then relays the information it receives to your brain, which interprets the signals and builds a picture of whatever your eyes are seeing.

For this process to work properly, your cornea has to refract the incoming light in a way that ensures your brain sees a clear image. Any variation of the perfect shape of your cornea results in distorted vision.

Many millions of people use glasses or contact lenses, or often both, to correct refractive errors and make their vision clearer. LASIK is an advanced way of restoring clear vision without needing to wear glasses or contacts.

How does LASIK work?

Your provider at Center for Sight of New York uses bladeless LASIK surgery to reshape your cornea so that it refracts light correctly. The first stage of the operation is to use the laser to make a very small flap in the cornea. You won’t feel this happen as you have a local anesthetic before the surgery starts.

The next stage is to carefully lift the corneal flap to expose the layer underneath, which is called the stroma. Your provider uses a second type of laser to vaporize tiny parts of the stroma. The corneal flap goes back over the stroma once the correction is complete, where it helps protect the stroma during the healing process.

The total length of LASIK surgery is typically just five minutes.

What happens after LASIK surgery?

After LASIK surgery, it can take several days for your eye to heal, and it might feel a little sore at first. There are no stitches to worry about, though, and any mild discomfort should soon wear off.

Within those first few days, you should see a noticeable improvement in your sight. You could regain 20/20 vision or better in some cases, although every patient is different, and it’s impossible to guarantee the outcome of LASIK surgery.

To find out more about LASIK or discuss any vision problems you’re having, call the Center for Sight of New York today, or request an appointment online.