What Problems Can LASIK Surgery Solve?
You’ve likely got friends and family members that had LASIK surgery due to vision problems. One question we often get asked at The Stulting Research Center is, “What problems does LASIK really solve?”
It’s a great question because, while LASIK is an excellent procedure that can solve a wide variety of issues, it may not be right for you. Below we’re going to cover a few of the most common problems our patients are experiencing when they decide to book their free LASIK evaluation with Dr. Stulting.
Correcting Nearsightedness (Myopia) with LASIK
LASIK is actually a type of laser that provides the result a patient is looking for by reshaping the cornea. For patients who suffer from nearsightedness, the laser is used to flatten the cornea.
The reason many people suffer from myopia is because their corneas are too steep, which means that tissue needs to be removed from the center of the cornea.
Correcting Farsightedness (Hyperopia) with LASIK
Unlike patients who are nearsighted, patients who are farsighted need a steeper cornea to achieve better vision. When LASIK is used to treat hyperopia, the laser removes tissue from the outer area of the cornea in order to make the curvature steeper.
As you can see, LASIK is a versatile procedure that can correct two polar opposite problems, provided you choose a skilled LASIK surgeon such as Dr. Stulting.
Correcting Astigmatism with LASIK
Similar to myopia and hyperopia, astigmatism is very common, and is the result of a misshapen cornea. Patients who suffer from astigmatism typically have corneas that are shaped like footballs, but the ideal shape of the cornea is more spherical like a softball or a baseball.
LASIK surgery corrects astigmatism by reshaping the cornea until it has more of a spherical shape. This, in turn, restores balance and leads to healthier vision.
? What About LASIK Alternatives?
While the majority of people who see Dr. Stulting for their evaluation are candidates for LASIK, there are exceptions. If we find out that you are not a candidate for LASIK, don’t worry; your dream of better vision isn’t over.
We offer a wide variety of other options for patients who are not able to have LASIK surgery; one of the most common being PRK. While both surgeries are effective, PRK simply has a slightly longer recovery time.
If you’re interested in LASIK, PRK, or any other vision correction procedure, we encourage you to contact Dr. Stulting today to schedule your free evaluation.