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How does Contoura LASIK work?

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Contoura LASIK is a type of laser vision correction surgery that uses a 3D map of your cornea to create a personalized treatment plan. This makes it a good option for people with corneal irregularities or other conditions that may not be suitable for traditional LASIK surgery.

The Contoura LASIK procedure begins with a comprehensive eye exam to assess your vision and corneal health. If you are a good candidate for the surgery, your surgeon will create a 3D map of your cornea using a special imaging device. This map is then used to create a personalized treatment plan for your eyes.

On the day of the surgery, your surgeon will use a femtosecond laser to create a thin flap in the cornea. The flap is then lifted up and the excimer laser is used to reshape the underlying corneal tissue. The laser is guided by the 3D map of your cornea to ensure that the reshaping is precise and accurate.

Once the corneal tissue has been reshaped, the flap is replaced and the eye heals naturally. Most people recover from Contoura LASIK within a few days or weeks.

Here is a more detailed explanation of each step of the Contoura LASIK procedure:

  • 3D corneal mapping: The first step in the Contoura LASIK procedure is to create a 3D map of your cornea. This is done using a special imaging device called a topographer. The topographer takes thousands of measurements of the curvature of your cornea. This information is then used to create a detailed 3D map of your cornea.
  • Treatment plan: Once the 3D map of your cornea has been created, your surgeon will use it to create a personalized treatment plan for your eyes. The treatment plan will specify the exact amount of corneal tissue that needs to be removed and the shape that the cornea should be after surgery.
  • Flap creation: The first step in the surgery is to create a thin flap in the cornea. This is done using a femtosecond laser. The femtosecond laser is a type of laser that produces very short, precise pulses of light. These pulses of light are used to create a thin flap in the cornea.
  • Corneal reshaping: Once the flap has been created, the surgeon will use the excimer laser to reshape the underlying corneal tissue. The excimer laser is a type of laser that produces ultraviolet light. This light is used to remove a thin layer of corneal tissue at a time. The laser is guided by the 3D map of your cornea to ensure that the reshaping is precise and accurate.
  • Flap replacement: Once the corneal tissue has been reshaped, the flap is replaced and the eye heals naturally.

Contoura LASIK is a safe and effective laser vision correction procedure that can help you to achieve clear vision without glasses or contact lenses.


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