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Lasik eye surgery - series

Normal anatomy:
Normal anatomy

The cornea is the transparent part of the eye that covers the iris. It is also the main light bending part of the eye.



Procedure, part 1:
Procedure, part 1

Anesthetic eye drops are given to numb the eye and the surgeon marks the cornea with water-soluble ink to guide replacement of the corneal flap.



Procedure, part 2:
Procedure, part 2

The surgeon performs a keratectomy which creates a corneal flap. A keratectomy is a procedure that uses a small instrument that makes a cut in the cornea as it moves across it. The flap is lifted and reflected exposing the cornea beneath.



Procedure, part 3:
Procedure, part 3

A computer-controlled laser reshapes the cornea to the prescribed shape for clear vision.



Aftercare:
Aftercare

The corneal flap is repositioned and bonds to the cut edge of the cornea quickly.




Review Date: 11/20/2012
Reviewed By: Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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