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Edina, MN 55435

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Depending on glasses or contacts can be a hassle. If you would like to improve your vision and reduce or eliminate your need for prescription lenses, then LASIK may be a great option for you!

LASIK (short for Laser in Situ Keratomileusis) is an outpatient procedure that can improve vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. These types of vision problems are known as refractive errors. They occur when the shape of the outer layer of the eye -- the cornea -- does not allow light to focus properly on the back of the eye. In the past, refractive errors have been treated with either glasses or contact lenses.

LASIK corrects refractive errors by adjusting the shape of the cornea. This is done using two special tools -- a microkeratome, which is used to cut a thin flap in the cornea of the eye, and a laser, which is used to reshape the underlying tissue. By altering the shape of the cornea so that light can focus correctly within the eye, LASIK can improve your vision!

LASIK offers several important advantages over other types of vision correction surgery. Using a technologically advanced laser, LASIK is able to achieve a high level of precision. The surgery itself is quite short, often lasting less than a half hour including prep time. In addition, recovery time is lessened dramatically with LASIK. You should notice a definite improvement in your vision just one day after surgery (with previous procedures, visual improvement may not have been noticeable for up to a week). The flap created during the surgery serves as a protection for the eye while it heals. This means less pain after surgery. You'll be able to resume most normal activities soon after surgery ... without your glasses or contacts!

So are you ready to see more clearly? If LASIK sounds like a good option to you, check out our LASIK Candidate page to see if you may be eligible for surgery. Then contact us to schedule a consultation!



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