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Laser Vision Correction

Most people with vision correction issues are wanting to know more about LASIK and whether it is right for them. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make an informed choice about your vision correction options. With today's State of the Art laser Technology, amazing results are being achieved. Here is a brief description of the procedure;

A flap is created in the cornea and gently folded back. An Excimer Laser is used to reshape the cornea into a flatter shape (this is much like a contact lens corrects vision by forming a new shape on the cornea). The flap is then put back in place, acting like a natural bandage. The healing process is quick and the discomfort level is quite low.

People will often say that they did not feel anything, and could see well the very first day. Most people have improved vision in 24-48 hours. But it must be noted that each person will heal at a different rate. Vision, although greatly improved immediately after surgery, often continues to improve for some weeks, even months.

LASIK is not for everyone. People's eyes are different so even though you may have had a friend who has had LASIK, it may not be the best course of treatment for you. If you are interested in laser vision correction, we will be happy to guide you in picking the right surgeon, procedure and laser appropriate for you.

After the procedure, we take great care to monitor your eyes and adjust your medication for the best possible results.

Surgery Co-Management

Our office provides pre- and post-operative care for many of the surgical services such as Cataract surgery, Laser surgery, and Refractive surgery.

Additionally, we have working arrangements established with other specialized eye care doctors to manage such things as retinal detachments, retinal tears and hemorrhages.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is LASIK?

During LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis), an instrument called a microkeratome is used to gently lift and fold back a thin flap of tissue across the outer layer of the eye to expose the cornea. The eximer laser is then used to reshape the cornea. This laser is extremely accurate and can remove a quarter of a micron of tissue at a time. (A human hair is approximately 50 microns thick.) After the laser is used, the flap is folded back into position and reseals itself; no sutures are needed. The procedure itself takes about 20 minutes.

Is laser vision correction covered by insurance?

Most insurance companies consider laser vision correction elective in nature and do not cover the procedure, but we recommend you check with your individual insurance company. However, there are some discount programs available that we participate with.

Am I eligible for laser vision correction?

This depends on your age, your prescription and the general health of your eyes. Your prescription must have been stable for the past 12 months. We suggest you be 21 years of age or older. Although most laser vision correction patients are under 60, even seniors may be eligible.

Do I need an examination first?

Prior to treatment, you will have a laser vision consultation and a thorough eye exam. A detailed computer image is taken of your eye that will detail the curvature, shape, overall smoothness and regularity of the cornea.

Does the surgery hurt?

No, the actual procedure does not hurt. Anesthetic drops are administered before the surgery begins. Some patients may experience discomfort during the first 12 to 36 hours after the procedure. Some patients describe the feeling as a lash in the eye or something under a contact lens. Medications are available if you are concerned about this possibility. An oral sedative is given 30 minutes prior to the procedure to help you relax.

Are there any restrictions after the procedure?

The first four hours after surgery we encourage you to keep both eyes closed as much as possible.

Swimming, hot tubs, sauna or Jacuzzi are prohibited for two weeks. No makeup for 48 hours or eye makeup for 4 days. When your vision clears, you may drive and you may return to work in one or two days.

What are the side effects?

As with any treatment or surgery there are risks, even though they are rare. Pain is uncommon. You may experience halos, glare, light sensitivity, blurred vision, double vision, difficulty with night vision and/or a foreign body sensation. Other risks include infection, over responding, under responding, irregular astigmatism, epithelial ingrowth, corneal abrasion, reduction of best corrected vision, dry eyes or induced astigmatism.

Does laser vision correction really work?

Yes. Laser vision correction is being done all around the world. Over 90% of people who have had one of these procedures obtain normal vision, and many others are happy to lessen their dependence on glasses and contact lenses.

What is an enhancement?

An enhancement is a repeat of the surgical procedure, which is occasionally done when the eye has under-responded. The necessity for an enhancement procedure is determined when the patient's post-operative vision has stabilized. The length of time necessary for vision to stabilize depends upon the procedure and the patient's individual healing time.

Will laser vision correction prohibit me from having future eye surgery?

Refractive surgery will not interfere with any future eye surgery you may need, such as cataract or glaucoma surgery.

What do I do next?

Your next step is to learn about your laser vision correction needs. If you are a good candidate then we would be happy to schedule a full evaluation with our doctor to better assess your visual needs. We are committed to helping you make the informed decision. Please call us at (865) 475-6565.