Nearsightedness (Myopia)

What Causes Nearsightedness (Myopia)?

In the normal eye, light bends through the cornea and the lens, allowing it to focus on the retina. In a nearsighted eye, the cornea has a steeper curve, concentrating light in front of the retina. This condition causes objects at a distance to appear blurry and unclear, requiring those suffering from nearsightedness to rely on glasses or contact lenses to see clearly. Patients can reduce their dependency on glasses and contact lenses by undergoing LASIK eye surgery. Contact our Chicago, Illinois area practice to find out if LASIK vision correction is the right treatment for your individual needs.

How Does LASIK Correct Nearsightedness?

When patients come into our Chicago-area office to undergo the LASIK vision correction procedure, anesthetic eye drops are first applied to the eyes. Typically patients do not experience pain, but they may feel pressure during treatment. First, our Chicago, Illinois LASIK vision correction surgeons will make a flap in the cornea, exposing the underlying layers of corneal tissue. An excimer laser is then used to reshape the cornea to correct its refractive power. For nearsighted patients, the cornea is flattened during LASIK surgery so light can focus on the retina as it does in a normal eye. After the predetermined amount of corneal tissue has been removed, the flap is replaced and will naturally reseal itself within a few minutes.

LASIK Results

While most of our Chicago, Illinois LASIK patients experience 20/40 vision or better after LASIK vision correction surgery, results do vary from individual to individual. A small percentage of patients may need to come in for a revision. The LASIK vision correction procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and most patients can return to their normal daily activities within one to three days. Some patients may experience side effects following LASIK surgery, including halos, glare, and double vision. Find out how custom wavefront LASIK can reduce the occurrence of side effects in LASIK patients.

Learn more about LASIK surgery at Kovach Eye Institute. Our Chicago, Illinois area practice offers free LASIK vision correction consultations and seminars. Contact our refractive surgery practice for more details.