Thinking About LASIK?

woman thinking about lasik comparing her face before and after glasses

Your eyes are amazing organs! They bend and detect light, which allows your brain to break down the light signal to create depth, movement, color, and other components that affect how you see what you see. Sometimes though, our eyesight doesn’t work as clearly as it should.

Fortunately, there are options like LASIK to help us see better and clearer. When you schedule a consultation for LASIK or other procedures that may improve your vision, you may hear unfamiliar terms or might not know what some that are familiar mean. 

Here are some words to know before your initial appointment.


Words to Knowman who had lasik learning about the parts of the eye by looking at his close up

Orbit:  the bony protective cavity in which the eye and its parts are located  

The orbit holds the eye, blood vessels, ligaments, and eyelid.


Pupil: the black center of the eye

The pupil allows light in and focuses it on the retina so you can see.


Iris:   a flat and ring-shaped membrane behind the cornea with a circular opening called a pupil  

The iris is mostly muscle fibers and connective tissue. It partners with the pupil to regulate light. The iris widens the pupil to allow more light to enter or narrows it to limit the amount of light that enters.


Cornea:  the transparent portion of the eye that covers the iris and pupil

The cornea refracts (bends/redirects) light. The cornea is reshaped during LASIK surgery, which creates clearer vision.


Retina:  a thin layer of tissue lining the inside of the back of the eye  

It has the critical task of receiving light and converting it into signals that the brain uses for visual recognition.


Lens:  works closely with the retina to help refract light concentrated on the retina  

Muscles in the eye can change the shape of the lens to focus the eye on objects at varying distances.


Sclera:  the “whites” of the eyes  

The sclera forms the supporting wall of the eyeball.


Refractive surgery: This is a procedure used to improve the eye’s refractive state and decrease or eliminate a dependency on glasses and contacts by reshaping the cornea.


The eyes are indeed remarkable. Vision, which is often taken for granted, can be significantly improved through refractive surgery. Your vision is an important part of daily life activities and should receive top-notch care and treatment. 

If you have questions about or are interested in LASIK surgery, call The Eye Center, with locations in Huntsville and Madison, at 256-705-3937. Remember, seeing is FUN! 



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