LASIK for Nearsightedness
If you are nearsighted, then you are by no means alone. In fact, according to a recent article published in Popular Science, one-third of the population of the entire earth could be nearsighted by the end of this decade. As it is, nearly 42 percent of Americans between the ages of 12 and 54 require glasses or contact lenses to correct their distance vision, according to study conducted by the National Eye Institute.
Of course, more and more people are reducing their dependence on glasses and contact lenses by undergoing LASIK to correct their nearsightedness, clinically known as myopia. Due to recent advances in LASIK technology, the chances of achieving 20/20 or better vision through LASIK are even better than ever. At Atlantic Laser Center, Dr. Daniel Goldberg proudly uses only the latest, most advanced technologies, including the IntraLase® femtosecond laser and the WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Laser, to provide his patients with the safest, most reliable LASIK procedure available. When patients undergo LASIK for nearsightedness at our Monmouth County practice, they can expect no less than treatment of the most surpassing standard.
Is LASIK for nearsightedness right for you, and are you a suitable candidate for this exceptional procedure? We urge you to visit our state-of-the-art laser eye care center today to find out for yourself.
People who are nearsighted are able to see objects up close clearly without corrective lenses; however, objects at a distance appear blurry and distorted. This is usually due to the fact that the cornea is too curved relative to the length of the eyeball, or that the eyeball is too long relative to the focusing power of the cornea, or a combination of these two factors. As a result, the cornea cannot refract light properly onto the lens, and distant objects therefore do not appear clearly.
How LASIK Corrects Nearsightedness
The purpose of LASIK is to adjust the shape of the cornea so that it can once again properly refract light onto the lens, which then can accurately reflect that light onto the retina. This is accomplished through the strategic removal of tissue from the stromal layer of the cornea – the layer that lies directly beneath the outermost layer, known as the epithelium – with a state-of-the-art excimer laser. The ultimate goal of LASIK is to reshape the cornea so close to perfectly that glasses and contact lenses are no longer necessary to see faraway objects.
Although the vast majority of patients who have undergone LASIK since its inception have achieved at least 20/40 vision – sufficient vision to drive legally without glasses or contacts – the procedure has become even safer and more reliable in recent years. This is because eye surgeons such as Dr. Goldberg use wavefront technology to perform custom LASIK, which accounts not only for common visual errors such as nearsightedness, but also tiny, extremely unique higher order aberrations that can prevent even 20/20 vision from being as crisp and sharp as possible. While results are certainly not guaranteed, the chances of achieving exceptionally clear vision without the need for visual aids are significantly higher with custom LASIK than with conventional LASIK.
Learn More about LASIK for Nearsightedness
To learn more about LASIK for nearsightedness, please contact Atlantic Laser Center today.