LASIK is a surgical procedure intended to reduce a person’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses. LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis and is a surgery that uses an eximer laser to permanently change the shape of the cornea, which is the clear covering of the front of the eye. A knife, called a microkeratome, is used to cut a flap in the cornea. A hinge is left at one end of this flap. The flap is folded back to reveal the stroma, which is the middle section of the cornea. Pulses from a computer-controlled laser vaporize a portion of the stroma and then the flap is replaced. There are other techniques and many new terms related to LASIK that you may hear about.
Each year, cataracts affect millions of people, including more than half of all Americans aged 60 and older. A cataract is a painless clouding of the eye’s natural lens that is caused by a buildup of protein. A cataract can form in one or both eyes. If left untreated, cataracts worsen over time and interfere with everyday activities such as reading or driving. Night vision is usually most affected. When cataracts are in their early stages, people are helped by brighter lighting. As cataracts get worse, however, most people require surgery.
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Routine Eye Care
We perform routine and focused eye exams which are done to determine eye health and diagnose any eye diseases. Many common eye diseases can go unnoticed for years before causing problems to your vision. Some of of the conditions we screen for are listed below. If you have a specific concern about your eyes we will be happy to address it and perform a more thorough evaluation during our exam.