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What are steps of LASIK surgery?

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LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery includes:

1. Eyedrops to prevent pain

2. An eyelid holder to prevent blinking

3. A suction ring to stabilize the eye and lift and flatten the cornea

4. The eye surgeon creates a flap in the cornea, which is folded to reveal the cornea's midsection (stroma).

5. An excimer laser sculpts the exposed corneal tissue.

6. The corneal flap is put back in place without sutures.

7. Eyedrops are applied to aid healing.

SOURCES:

GetEyesmart.org: "LASIK - Laser Eye Surgery;"  "Alternative Refractive Surgeries;" and "Is LASIK for Me? A Patient's Guide to Refractive Surgery."

International Society of Refractive Surgery: ISRS: "Refractive Surgery: Procedures."

UCLaser.com: "Procedures."

FDA.gov: "What is LASIK?" "What to Expect Before, During, and After Surgery;" "INTACS® Prescription Inserts for Keratoconus - H040002;" and "What Are Phakic Lenses?"

AllAboutVision.com: "PresbyLASIK;" "Surgery for Presbyopia;" and "News on LASIK and Other Refractive Surgery."

Refractive Surgery News: "Presby-LASIK: Correction for Reading Vision" and "Laser Presbyopia Surgery."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on February 03, 2018

SOURCES:

GetEyesmart.org: "LASIK - Laser Eye Surgery;"  "Alternative Refractive Surgeries;" and "Is LASIK for Me? A Patient's Guide to Refractive Surgery."

International Society of Refractive Surgery: ISRS: "Refractive Surgery: Procedures."

UCLaser.com: "Procedures."

FDA.gov: "What is LASIK?" "What to Expect Before, During, and After Surgery;" "INTACS® Prescription Inserts for Keratoconus - H040002;" and "What Are Phakic Lenses?"

AllAboutVision.com: "PresbyLASIK;" "Surgery for Presbyopia;" and "News on LASIK and Other Refractive Surgery."

Refractive Surgery News: "Presby-LASIK: Correction for Reading Vision" and "Laser Presbyopia Surgery."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on February 03, 2018

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