A new standard treatment certain vision ailments has emerged over the past couple of decades – refractory surgery using lasers to reshape the cornea to cure myopia, hypercopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) is the most commonly performed type of refractory surgery. LASIK surgery done by our eye surgeon in Carlisle at Armesto Eye Associates is one of the most experienced LASIK surgeons in the area. Dr. David M. Aresto, MD is a fellowship trained refractory and corneal surgeon who has performed thousands of LASIK procedures since 1993.
LASIK surgery begins with a consultation with our doctor to see if the patient is a good candidate for the procedure. The procedure itself starts with our eye surgeon in Carlisle making high-definition digital images of the eye’s unique shape and topography, which are used to calibrate the laser. Our doctor uses a femtosecond laser to create a very thin flap in the surface of the cornea. The flap is gently folded back to reveal the underlying corneal tissue. The distorted shape of the cornea is responsible for the eye’s inability to focus light directly onto the center of the retina. Our doctor then uses an excimer laser to remove microscopic bits of tissue and restore a normal shape to the cornea. When he is finished reshaping the cornea, he repositions the flap over the eye, and it seals itself naturally. No stitches or sutures are needed.
The patient can resume normal activities the next day. LASIK greatly reduces the need for glasses or contact lenses and the majority of patients can see perfectly clearly without either of these vision corrections, especially for distance sight. If you’d like to see clearly without eyeglasses or contact lenses make an appointment with our office to discuss your options with our eye surgeon in Carlisle.