Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis or LASIK, is the fastest-growing and most accepted form of laser vision correction. LASIK can treat both nearsightedness and farsightedness with or without astigmatism. During the procedure an IntraLase® laser is used to create a very thin flap of corneal tissue. Once this tissue flap is created, the surgeon positions the laser beam over the eye, directing light pulses to achieve the desired correction. The flap is carefully put back in its original position. Benefits of LASIK are many, including fast visual recovery, little or no discomfort, lower risk of haze, glare and halos, and most patients are very satisfied with the outstanding outcome results. LASIK laser vision correction has quickly emerged as one of the true medical breakthroughs of modern history.
Minnesota Eye Consultants' physicians and surgeons are regarded as true leaders in the development of LASIK, from its early inception to approval of LASIK by the Food and Drug Administration to continuing research, training and development. The practice serves as a teaching facility, training ophthalmologists and clinic professionals throughout the world on LASIK management. Quite simply, according to patients, LASIK is "a miracle." Patients who have relied on eye wear for years are astounded on their ability to see objects clearly across the room, or read a clock, just minutes after the procedure. There is minimal discomfort during an overnight recovery period. In a vast majority of LASIK patients, visual outcome is excellent. Nonetheless, LASIK is surgery.
Every precaution should be taken to ensure a safe, healthy result. It's the wise consumer, and the thoughtful individual, who pursues LASIK after thorough study. Patients are encouraged to study and explore their options carefully. From patient information packets and videos to consultative sessions with physicians, Minnesota Eye Consultants invites your questions.