LASIK (Laser-in-situ-Keratomileusis)

 


With LASIK the upper layer of the cornea is prepared – with a microkeratome, a type of precise mechanical scalpel. A very thin flap is created which is then folded to the side (fig. 1). Then the excimer laser ablates a precisely calculated portion of the underlying corneal tissue so that the focal point lies exactly on the retina after the treatment has been completed (fig. 2). Afterwards the corneal flap is placed back into its original position. It adheres by itself and serves to fully protect the surface of the eye as a bandage (fig. 3). The healing process is usually quick and free of pain and the patient soon regains full vision.

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