A Photographer’s Review of LASIK: The Ultimate Upgrade?

by admin February 18, 2018 at 2:34 pm

Like pretty much all photographers, I rely very heavily on my eyesight, not only for shooting but also image processing. Being a professional photographer, my life quite literally depends on my ability to see. Therefore, the idea of having my eyes cut open, lasers pointed at them, and then have them stitched back together is sort of a terrifying thing to think about.

I contemplated for years whether I should get the surgery or not; part of me was tired of constantly having to shoot through my glasses, but the other part of me was terrified of damaging my vision. After years of contemplation, research, and broken glasses, I decided it was time to go for it.

In this review, I will not only speak about my personal experiences in getting LASIK, but I will also talk a bit about what LASIK is and how it works.

So, What Even IS LASIK?

LASIK, commonly called laser eye surgery, is a surgical procedure that uses a laser to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism. In LASIK, a thin flap in the cornea is created using either a microkeratome blade or a femtosecond laser.

The surgeon folds back the flap, then removes and reshapes the corneal tissue underneath using an excimer laser. The flap is then laid back into place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed. The end result is (hopefully) corrected vision that will no longer require you to wear glasses or contacts to correct your vision.