LASIK corrects refractive errors of the eye. When the natural shape and curve of your cornea and your eye is not perfect, light entering the eyes will not focus directly on the retina (the back of the eye). This can lead to:
- Blurry near vision: farsightedness (hyperopia) because the cornea is flat or the eye short
- Blurry distance vision: nearsightedness (myopia) because the cornea is steep or the eye long
- Blurry vision at all distances: astigmatism because the cornea is football shaped rather than round
David R. Pernelli, MD, uses an excimer laser to sculpt the cornea into a more ideal shape so light entering the eyes will land directly on the retina. This is the whole goal of LASIK vision correction. For most patients it only takes a miniscule amount of tissue removal to achieve the right shape to restore natural, sharp vision.
Vision as You Age
Refractive errors do not typically form in your older adult years. If you are over age 40 and think that you are developing farsightedness because you need reading glasses, you are most likely developing presbyopia. This is a common condition that has nothing to do with the shape of your cornea, but rather the flexibility of your eye lens. Traditional LASIK will not correct this condition; however, monovision LASIK techniques may provide the reading and distance vision you desire.
If you wear glasses or contacts to correct a refractive error, LASIK in Vineland may give you the visual freedom to live life without lenses. Dr. Pernelli offers free LASIK Consultations to analyze your eye characteristics and determine if you are a good candidate. Contact us today to request a “Free to See,” no obligation LASIK Consultation. Or take our free online LASIK Self-Evaluation now.