University of Mississippi Medical Center ophthalmologists offer laser refractive surgery for patients who are nearsighted, with or without astigmatism. The laser removes tissue from the center of the cornea to flatten its curvature and correct nearsightedness (myopia); in the case of farsightedness (hyperopia), tissue is removed from the periphery of the cornea to steepen its curvature.
The laser essentially reshapes the cornea's front surface. To do this, the corneal stroma (tissue beneath the corneal epithelium) must be exposed, which can be accomplished by creating a corneal flap or removing the corneal epithelium with a laser.
The goal of most refractive eye surgeries is to reduce or eliminate dependency on glasses or contact lenses. Refractive eye surgery is not for everyone, and one type of surgery may be more suitable for one person than another. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis and to discuss which type of surgery may be appropriate for you.
See frequently asked questions about laser refractive surgery.
The ophthalmology program at UMMC often offers informative seminars for patients who want to learn more about our services and ask questions about procedures performed by our corneal and refractive surgeons. The seminars are held at the University Physicians Pavilion and University Physicians – Grants Ferry.