What Is LASIK?

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What Is LASIK?

If you are one of the 70 million people currently diagnosed with nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism, or a combination of these conditions, you probably have heard of LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileusis.)

This revolutionary technique uses Excimer laser technology to precisely reshape the cornea, which treats vision problems. Because of LASIK, many patients have their vision restored up to, or better than, 20/20.

How LASIK Works

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LASIK uses either a sophisticated instrument called a microkeratome or a precise laser, the Intralase, to create a flap from the top layer of the cornea. The flap is gently folded back, then the laser sculpts the midcornea to reshape the eye and reduce or eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses.

LASIK uses the Excimer laser to reshape the cornea under a protective layer of tissue. The Excimer laser uses cool ultra violet light to treat the cornea. It doesn't treat beyond the cornea and is extremely precise. Your LASIK surgeon will then reposition your flap. After that, the procedure is complete.

Since the surface cells of your eyes heal more quickly than any other body part, recovery is quick. Visual recovery occurs usually within 24 hours and there is minimal discomfort after surgery.

World-Class Refractive Care

University of Utah Health's John A. Moran Eye Center is one of the top eye care and vision research centers in the world and the largest eye center between Texas and the West Coast. Our refractive surgery program is known for a comprehensive and conservative approach to laser and non-laser vision correction.

Based at the Moran Eye Center's Midvalley location, our refractive surgery experts are committed to educating patients about the risks and benefits of vision correction surgery and in providing the best solutions for each individual patient.

By choosing Moran, you can be confident in the quality of your care. We are recognized as a regional referral center for patients with complex LASIK cases or who have experienced complications following refractive surgery.

Please call 801-585-3937 to speak to a refractive provider.

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Am I a Candidate for Lasik?

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LASIK is a medical procedure, and to be considered a viable candidate, individuals must fall within established parameters for refractive errors, corneal thickness, and pupil size. In addition, there are basic health and age criteria that must be met in order to ensure your safety and to help you achieve the best possible vision.

Basic Criteria to Be a LASIK Candidate

  • Between 21 and 60 years old
  • Free from certain systemic diseases, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, collagen vascular disorders, and uncontrolled diabetes
  • Generally good eye health
  • Not currently taking Accutane
  • Not currently pregnant or nursing

The best way to find out whether you're a candidate for LASIK is to have a thorough examination by a qualified refractive surgeon. During your screening, our surgeon will examine your eyes, tell you about your treatment options and answer any questions you might have. 

To schedule a refractive surgery vision screening, please call

801-581-2352 or 1-877-248-6374.

Before Your Refractive Surgery Vision Screening

Soft, extended wear, and Toric contact lens patients: If you wear soft daily wear lenses, please remove them from your eyes one week prior to your screening. If you are wearing extended wear contact lenses (that means you wear them both day and night), please remove them from your eyes two weeks prior to your screening. If you are wearing Toric lenses, please remove them from your eyes two weeks before your examination.

Gas permeable or hard contact lens patients: If you are wearing gas permeable contact lenses or PMMA hard lenses, please remove them from your eyes two weeks prior to your examination. If you have been wearing gas permeable or hard contact lenses for many years, additional time out of your contact lenses will be required for complete stabilization of eye changes, but the preliminary screening will let you know whether or not you are a candidate.

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