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Learning about LASIK Laser Eye Surgery

Have you been wondering about laser eye surgery lately? Any questions about LASIK specifically? Then you’ve come to the right place.

Understanding LASIK Vision Correction

Does LASIK stand for anything?

Yes, it is short for laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis.

What is LASIK surgery able to correct?

LASIK is appropriate for correcting poor vision due to the common problems of

These are known as refractive errors and are the result of imperfections in the eye due to eye length or the curvature of cornea or lens. These imperfections improperly bend light passing through the eye.

Exactly how does LASIK correct poor vision?

Laser eye surgery, such as LASIK, permanently reshapes the cornea (that clear top part of the eye). The changes made to the cornea bend and focus light  so that when it hits the retina you see properly.

During LASIK surgery, an ophthalmologist uses a laser to cut a large flap in the cornea to access the underlying tissue. A second laser is used to remove and reshape the underlying tissue. After the corrections have been made, the corneal flap is replaced.

What should I expect during or after LASIK surgery?

  • LASIK is performed while you’re awake.
  • Topically applied numbing eye drops are the only medication necessary.
  • The procedure is basically painless, but you may experience some pressure.
  • The LASIK procedure takes about 10 minutes per eye.
  • Dry eye is a common side effect.
  • Don’t expect to see perfectly right away. Eyes and vision may take some time to adjust.
  • Results may vary, especially for patients over 40. Follow-up treatments – or, enhancements – can improve and perfect vision outcomes.

Time to Schedule Your Minneapolis LASIK Consultation

Even though LASIK has become a fairly common procedure, you will first be given a complete eye exam to determine whether or not you are a LASIK candidate. Several reasons could rule out LASIK as a possibility. If LASIK is not suitable for you, don’t worry. LASIK isn’t your only laser vision correction option in Minneapolis as Claris’s Dr. Carlson is also certified to conduct LASEK and PRK laser eye surgeries.

Once you’re cleared to go, wavefront computer imaging technology will be used to create a detailed image of your cornea. At Claris Dr. Carlson uses WaveScan® technology to create a customized guide for the laser that is 25 times more precise than other standard measuring techniques.

After your LASIK procedure, you’ll stop by Claris for a few after-care visits. Your overall health and progress is important to monitor to be sure you’re getting the optimal results.

Do You Live in Minneapolis & Have More Questions about LASIK?

Claris Eye Care & Surgery in Minneapolis is the best place for your LASIK laser eye surgery needs. Dr. Carlson is one of the most experienced ophthalmologists in the country and has been at the forefront of laser vision correction. The entire Claris staff is knowledgeable and prepared to answer all your questions concerning LASIK eye surgery.

Enough reading already, Minneapolis! It’s now time to take action: Call Claris today at 612.775.8009 or email at