Depth and Incision Changes Benefit the LASIK Procedure
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While millions of people all over the world have had tremendously successful LASIK surgeries performed, and no longer require the use of glasses, the procedure has been called into question as of late. The struggling economy makes it hard to justify an optional surgery that may come with some risks.
However, laser eye surgeons are constantly reassessing the procedure to find out how to make it better. Recently, a group of surgeons found a new tweak that should dramatically reduce corneal strain, a common side effect. German surgeons say that changing the depth of the flap on the eye created with the laser (or conventional incisions, if you're undergoing the traditional LASIK procedure) increases the strength of the flap, thus reducing strain on the cornea.
Surgeons are making the flap thinner, reducing the depth in the eye in which they are going into to adjust. They contend that increasing the undercut makes the ocular system stronger. With traditional microkeratome, the occuluar system became weaker.
These findings have implications for the millions of people still interested in the LASIK procedure. With every improvement surgeons make in the LASIK process, more and more happy and side-effect-free patients emerge, seeing better and eliminating the need for their glasses.