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What Can LASIK Correct

Alter the Shape of Your Cornea to See More Clearly

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When your cornea (the outer part of the eye) is irregularly shaped, your vision can become distorted. In a LASIK procedure, a laser is used to reshape the cornea so light focuses appropriately on the retina (the back of the eye). The result is clearer vision, often without the need for corrective contact lenses or glasses. LASIK can correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.

See well up close, but not at a distance? You may have myopia (or nearsightedness).

Conditions of Myopia:

  • Eye may be longer than a normal eye
  • Cornea may be steeper than a normal eye

Light passing through the cornea and lens will focus in front of the retina, rather than directly on the retina, making distant images appear blurry.

See well at a distance, but not up close? You may have hyperopia (or farsightedness).

Conditions of Hyperopia:

  • Eye may be shorter than a normal eye
  • Cornea may be flatter than a normal eye

Light passing through the cornea and lens will focus behind the retina, rather than directly on the retina, making it difficult to focus on up close images. Hyperopia should not be confused with presbyopia, which typically occurs in adults over age 40.  

Seeing blurry or shadowed images at all distances? You may have astigmatism.

Conditions of Astigmatism:

  • Eye is shaped more like a football than a sphere
  • Asymmetric steepening of the cornea

Light passing through the cornea focuses unevenly on the retina so objects at any distance can become blurry.

Astigmatism is very common and can accompany either myopia or hyperopia.

Over age 40 and suddenly need reading glasses? You may have presbyopia.

Conditions of Presbyopia:

  • Eye lenses become less flexible
  • Ability to focus properly on objects up close is lost

Simply holding reading materials or objects at a distance or using reading glasses can make the images clearer, but this condition can continue to worsen as you age. While LASIK will not correct presbyopia, monovision laser vision correction is one option to solve this problem.


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If you require corrective lenses to see properly, LASIK might be able to improve your vision. Contact us today to schedule your free LASIK Consultation to find out if LASIK is an option for you.