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Lasik Eye Surgery
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You may have heard the term Lasik eye surgery; but do you really understand what Lasik surgery is and what it corrects? This article will explain, and help to identify conditions surrounding this type of medical eye surgery.

This is an extremely important question to ask Dr. Long. You may also want to know what type of current vision correction you have; and what options for treatment are available to you here at the Long Vision Center. So Listen up. And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to pick up the phone.

Lasik means: Laser in-situ keratomileusis, and is fast becoming on of the most popular surgery procedures that is being used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism.

Do you have any of these known issues with your eyes? If you don't know, then the first step is to make an appointment right now, and let Dr. Long here at the Long Vision Center give you a complete eye exam. Based on the results, and Dr. Longs expertise you will be able to analyze clearly your condition and diagnosis, and make an educated decision about possible treatment options.

How Does Laser Vision Work?

All laser vision correction surgeries work by reshaping the cornea, or clear front part of the eye, so that light traveling through it is properly focused onto the retina located in the back of the eye. LASIK is one of a number of different surgical techniques used to reshape the cornea.

What Are the Advantages of LASIK Eye Surgery?

LASIK has many benefits including:

  • First Off, It works! It corrects vision. Around 80% of patients will have their desired vision after LASIK. An enhancement can further increase this number.
  • LASIK is associated with very little pain.
  • Vision is corrected nearly immediately or by the day after LASIK.
  • Usually no bandages or stitches are required after LASIK.
  • Ad After having LASIK, most patients no longer need corrective eyewear.

The process as shown in the picture:

  • Dr. Long will numb your eye. After your eye has been numbed with "eye drop" anesthesia, he will use an instrument known as an eyelid speculum. This will be positioned to hold your eyelids open. You will remain awake and comfortable throughout the procedure.
  • Dr. Long will then place a small suction ring around the cornea. This will serve as a platform for the microkeratome.
  • Using this ring means that the microkeratome separates the surface layers of the cornea, and the corneal flap is folded back.
  • Dr. Long will have you look at a target light while the Excimer laser reshapes the corneal tissue. A clicking sound can be heard as each microscopic layer of tissue is vaporized. This process will last from seconds to minutes, depending on the amount of correction necessary.
  • Dr. Long will place the corneal flap back into its original position and it will be allowed to dry for a few minutes.
  • Dr. Long will provide you with some additional eye drops, and your eye may be shielded for protection. Expect your vision to be a little blurry at first; so you may need to have someone drive you home and relax for the rest of the day. A follow up visit will be scheduled based on Dr. Long's request.

Interested in finding out more about this procedure? Please call Dr. Clint Long right now at The Long Vision Center, 903-892-2020. We look forward to hearing from you.

Stay tuned for supplemental articles about the Lasik eye surgery procedures. Dr. Long wants you to be informed.

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