Tuesday, April 20, 2010

LASIK eye surgery is a procedure intended to reduce a persons dependency on contact lenses or glasses. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about this type of surgery in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

LASIK is a type of surgery in which a laser is used to reshape the eye. This helps some people with vision problems see better. LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis.

In the procedure, a thin flap is cut from the front of the eye. Then a laser burns away tiny amounts of tissue in a special pattern and the flap is replaced.

Adults whose eyeglass or contact lens prescription has not changed in the past year may be considered for LASIK. People who are not good candidates for LASIK include those who:

h Are pregnant or younger than 18

h Have thin or unusually shaped corneas

h Have frequent infections, swelling or ulcers in the eyes

Most people no longer need to use glasses or contact lenses after LASIK. Sometimes a second treatment is needed to get perfect vision. Some people who need very good vision, such as pilots or doctors, may still need glasses after LASIK. People who use reading glasses may still need them after LASIK.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.