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LASIK Surgery Steps

Before you can have LASIK, you must have a comprehensive eye exam to confirm your prescription, the health of your eyes, and your eligibility for surgery.

Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis.

LASIK treats the inner tissue of the cornea. First, an instrument known as a microkeratome makes a flap in the outer layer of the cornea, at about 25% of its depth from the surface.

Next, the laser sculpts the internal corneal tissue to the correct refractive power. The corneal flap is laid back in its original position where it is allowed to dry for a few minutes. Due to the cornea’s extraordinary natural bonding qualities, stitches are usually not required.

Most people return to work within one to three days.