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LASIK Surgery

s-visionCorrectionRefractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism hinder the focusing ability of the eye. If you have a refractive error, you must wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. For these errors, we offer LASIK surgery (as well as blade-free cataract surgery).

Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis or LASIK helps to reduce your reliance on eyeglasses and contact lenses. During this safe and effective procedure, a predetermined amount of corneal tissue is removed and the cornea is reshaped. This improves the focusing power of the eye and visual acuity, thus making clearer vision possible.

What happens during the LASIK procedure?

LASIK is an outpatient procedure. Your eye will first be anesthetized with topical eye drops. Then, your surgeon will use a specialized laser to create a hinged corneal flap on the outermost surface of the eye, which will reveal the underlying cornea. The surgeon will carefully reshape the cornea using a laser and then replace the flap. Sutures are not needed.

What can I expect after LASIK?

Following the procedure, you may experience itching, burning and blurred vision. Typically, it takes nearly two to three months for your eye to heal. You should have realistic expectations going into the procedure. While most people have 20/20 vision after LASIK, this is not guaranteed for all. Improved vision and reduced dependency on eyeglasses and contacts can be expected, but allow months for vision to completely stabilize. In some cases, a second procedure (retreatment or enhancement surgery) will need to be performed to achieve the vision correction that is desired.

Are there any complications associated with the LASIK procedure?

With today’s advancements in technology, potential complications with LASIK are drastically reduced. Side effects of LASIK include:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Glared vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Loss of visual clarity
  • Irregular astigmatism

Who are good candidates for LASIK eye surgery?

A good candidate for LASIK should be at least 18 years old, have no change in refraction for at least one year and have realistic expectations for the results of LASIK. Your doctor may recommend you not receive LASIK if you have certain health conditions, such as autoimmune disorders, persistent dry eyes, glaucoma or cataracts. These conditions can increase the likelihood that you will have complications following the procedure. If you believe you are a good candidate for LASIK, contact your ophthalmologist for a comprehensive eye exam.

Is LASIK safe?

Provided you are a good candidate, the average success rate for LASIK is 95 percent. Contact your ophthalmologist to see if you are a good candidate.

Is LASIK painful?

The LASIK procedure is virtually painless. Usually, patients complain only of a mild discomfort, which can be controlled with medication.

How much does LASIK cost?

As the LASIK procedure becomes more increasingly popular, the overall cost has declined. On average, LASIK can cost anywhere from $500 to $2,500 per eye. It is recommended, however, that you not choose your surgeon based on cost, but rather on experience. Normally, insurance companies do not cover the cost of LASIK.

What is Wavefront-Guided LASIK?

Wave-front guided LASIK makes LASIK surgery more precise. During traditional LASIK surgery, the laser is programmed using your eyeglasses prescription. Wave-front guided LASIK uses computer imaging technology to get a very detailed measurement of refractive errors and complex vision problems. This technology can detect even very subtle abnormalities. The doctor uses these measurements to program the laser for surgery. Research suggests that wavefront-guided LASIK has been shown to decrease the side effects associated with conventional LASIK treatment.

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