Dr. Updegraff strives to provide nothing but the finest in LASIK care. Attention to each patient's individual needs is we've created Precision LASIK™ by Updegraff. Precision LASIK™ is a method Dr. Updegraff has developed over the span of more than a decade and is designed to provide you with the best possible care and experience.
LASIK, or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is a type of refractive surgery that improves vision by reshaping the cornea with a laser. LASIK is performed in two steps. First, the surgeon creates a micro-thin flap in the corneal tissue and folds it back. In the second step, an excimer laser is used on the inner cornea to correct vision.
Think of the cornea as 100 sheets of paper stacked on top of one another. The cornea is made of sheets of collagen that reach from one side of the white part of the eye to the other. These sheets strengthen the front part of the eye and help protect against injury.
In LASIK surgery, we lift the top sheets (which are called the “flap”), carefully apply the excimer laser’s cool beam to reshape the surface, and then replace them. The pulse of the excimer laser is so precise that it removes less than one-quarter micron with each pulse – less than the width of a human hair. Once the flap is replaced, it immediately begins to heal.
Many other variables, including the thickness of your corneas and the dryness of your eyes, also affect whether or not you should have LASIK. To ensure that you are a good candidate for LASIK, Dr. Updegraff will perform a thorough complimentary consultation and exam, which will answer these questions and more.Take the Quiz