How Laser Eye Surgery Works

When dealing with poor vision, it is important to understand how laser eye surgery works in order to make a good decision. Patients must make a choice between glasses or LASIK. For people who are just tired of wearing glasses or contacts, LASIK is a very valuable option.

Approximately one million laser vision correction procedures are performed in the United States each year. Ophthalmic surgery is one of the fastest evolving fields in medicine. For many people, it is a miraculous procedure that enables them to live a life free of glasses or contacts by correcting a wide range of disorders. Whether the patient is suffering from myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism, laser correction can help to restore vision. There are different types of LASIK, but they all involve two basic steps.

  • First, a corneal flap is created.
  • Next, the cornea is sculpted, using a laser, into a more natural shape. This can mean that the corneal curvature is either flattened or steepened, depending on the refractive error for which the patient is receiving treatment. The flap is then put back into place.

While we have simplified the process here to make it easy to understand, it is, in reality, a delicate procedure requiring skill, experience, and cutting-edge technology. In Dallas, LASIK for all  refractive vision problems (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism) is provided by Tylock-George Eye Care and Laser Center. With over twenty years of experience, Dr. Tylock and his staff offer the highest standard of care, and the latest technology in laser eye surgery. Long time pioneer in the field of ophthalmic surgery, Dr. Tylock even designed one of the first excimer lasers used for LASIK in the United States and participated in the clinical studies that led to LASIK  becoming the laser vision procedure of choice for most doctors. Patients seeking vision correction in the Dallas Fort Worth area have an excellent option in the Tylock-George Eye Care and Laser Center.