Common Lasik Surgery Terms You Should Know

Before you have Lasik surgery you should do your research on Lasik, but some of the words can be a bit overwhelming because they are not commonly used outside of the process. At Manhattan Lasik Center ®, we want to be sure we give you all the information you need to make an educated decision about Lasik eye surgery.

Lasik eye surgery terms and definitions

  • • Ablation – To remove tissue from the cornea.
  • Cornea – The clear part of your eye that you see when looking in the mirror. It bends light to form images on the retina. This is not the same part of the eye where cataract surgery is performed.
  • Diopter – A measure of the eye given in a plus symbol for farsighted vision or a negative sign for nearsighted acuity.
  • Excimer laser – A laser that uses ultraviolet rays to reshape the cornea.
  • • Hyperopia – Inability to see things close to the face or farsightedness.
  • • Keratectomy – Removing cornea tissue.
  • Laser KeratomeLaser used to create the flap in the cornea.
  • Myopia – Difficulty seeing things far away or nearsightedness.
  • Presbyopia – Age related condition that occurs in middle-aged patients and makes it difficult to see things clearly near.
  • Stroma – The middle layer of the cornea where the flap is created.
  • Wavefront – Detailed measurements of the eye similar to an optical check-up but with more accuracy and additional items.

Lasik surgery benefits

All of these words associated with Lasik were taken from the glossary on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website. You can read more terms concerning Lasik eye surgery at your leisure.

Our experts at Manhattan Lasik Center ® suggest that you do your research including reading Lasik surgery definitions before you undergo Lasik eye surgery.

We want you to understand what is happening to you during Lasik eye surgery. You can be assured that we will answer any questions you have and inform you about the process you will undergo with Lasik surgery. Give our specialists at MLC a call today to see if you are a candidate for Lasik.