What is Thin Flap LASIK?

Posted: Dec 15, 2014 by The Eye Center
Filed under: laser eye surgery, lasik

If it's time to kiss eyeglasses goodbye in favor of LASIK surgery, you might discover there are more options available than just one. If your doctor happens to perform thin flap LASIK and you’re a candidate for the procedure, you may discover this option carries some rather attractive advantages.

Thin flap LASIK is a variation on this laser surgery that can, in most cases, correct vision imperfections that are related to astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness. The basic LASIK procedure involves treating these refractive errors by reshaping the curvature of the cornea.

About the Procedure
The thin flap LASIK procedure takes about 20 minutes to perform. The eye is numbed prior to the surgery's start. Once surgery begins, your eye doctor will create a flap and gently lift and fold back the cornea. Using a laser, the surgeon will then remove tissue to carefully reshape the cornea and improve vision. The flap is then placed back into its original position without the need for patches or stitches.

Patients will discover there is no pain or discomfort felt during the procedure.

The Advantages
Thin flap LASIK offers some advantages that make it a good option. This surgery, when compared to traditional LASIK, tends to come with fewer complications. It also offers a higher level of safety while also creating a more stable foundation for the eye. This surgery also reduces the risk of thinning and dry eye that can go along with traditional LASIK.

Most patients will discover the recovery time from thin flap LASIK is very short. In most cases, patients say they have no pain following the procedure and are able to return to work within a few days. The vision correction with this procedure is also nearly immediate.

To find out more about thin flap LASIK, be sure to consult with your doctor. It's also important to undergo careful screening to ensure you are a good candidate for thin flap procedures.

The Eye Center is the leading refractive practice in South Carolina, providing full service eye care and specializing in Refractive Surgery – Epi-LASIK, Thin Flap LASIK, AST, PRK CK, PRELEX, as well as Corneal Transplant and Cataract Surgery.


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