What is LASIK?
LASIK — which stands for Laser-Assisted Intrastromal Keratomileusis — is a surgical procedure designed to reduce your dependence on glasses and contact lenses by altering the curvature of the eye to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.
LASIK is a derivative of a surgical procedure that began in the 1940s in Bogata, Columbia. In 1989, a Greek ophthalmologist by the name of Ioannis Palikaris performed the first LASIK procedure on a human eye, taking flap-making technology and combining it with the extraordinary precision of the Excimer Laser.
LASIK at Doctors For Visual Freedom Laser Center
Because of his experience with flap-making technology, Dr. Mark Golden first starting teaching international surgeons the techniques of LASIK in 1993. He began performing LASIK in the United States in 1996 upon FDA’s approval of the Excimer laser.
Before a patient can be approved for LASIK surgery, they must undergo a complimentary 90-minute screening evaluation to determine whether or not they are a good candidate. During this evaluation, a map of your eyes will be created with Orbscan®, and your current visual status will be assessed with an autorefractor. These results will enable Dr. Golden to rule out most patients who would not be good candidates for LASIK surgery. During this evaluation, Dr. Golden will also sit down and speak with you about the entire surgical process, answering any questions you might have about LASIK.
If you are interested in exploring more about LASIK, please consult the following pages:
- Common Questions about LASIK
- LASIK Misconceptions and Myths
- LASIK and Your Lifestyle
- LASIK Safety
- How Long Does LASIK Last?
- The Laser Vision Process
- The LASIK Flap
LASIK has changed the lives of millions of people around the globe. Start down the path to your Visual Freedom today. Contact the experienced laser eye surgeons at Doctors For Visual Freedom to schedule your complimentary LASIK evaluation. Doctors For Visual Freedom has two offices in Illinois: own in downtown Chicago, and one in Arlington Heights.
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