About LASIK (Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis)
LASIK is the most frequently performed elective surgery in North America. This highly effective outpatient procedure is often referred to as refractive surgery or laser vision correction.
LASIK eye surgery is used to correct the following vision problems:
- Myopia (Nearsightedness) occurs when your eye is too long in relation to the curvature of your cornea. This causes light rays entering the eye to focus in front of the retina, producing a blurred image.
- Hyperopia (farsightedness) occurs when your eye is too short in relation to the curvature of your cornea. With hyperopia, distant objects are seen more clearly than near objects.
- Astigmatism occurs when your cornea is shaped like an egg. With astigmatism, more than one focal point within the eye distorts what you see. As a result, you experience a tilting of images due to the unequal bending of light rays entering your eyes Astigmatism.
How LASIK Works
The LASIK procedure is performed by ophthalmologists, medical doctors who specialize in surgical treatments of the eye.
Here is a general outline of the procedure:
- Anesthetic eye drops are applied to the eye.
- The LASIK surgeon creates a protective flap to access the inner corneal tissue. During this part of the procedure, your vision dims and becomes blurry for about a minute. After the flap is created you are able to see the flashing fixation light of the laser and the bright lights used for the procedure.
- Next the inner layers of your cornea receive computer-controlled pulses of cool laser light. Although the laser light is invisible, the laser makes a clicking sound as it gently reshapes the inner corneal layer to improve and in many cases, eliminate your prescription. During this part of the procedure, an eye-tracking device tracks your eye movements to ensure precise correction.
- Following the re-shaping of the tissue, the LASIK surgeon carefully repositions and aligns the flap to its original position. Protective shields are placed over your eye to prevent accidental rubbing as the flap heals naturally and securely over the next several hours.
After the LASIK eye surgery procedure, patients feel moderate discomfort and irritation for a few hours, but most are comfortable after a nap and rest.
What is CONTOURA Vision?
CONTOURA Vision is the latest FDA approved LASIK technology available in the U.S for laser vision correction. CONTOURA Vision improves upon the traditional Wavelight LASIK procedure by using today’s most advanced mapping technology to map the unique contours of the surface of your cornea. The scanning procedure samples up to 22,000 elevation points on each eye to create a unique vision profile for you, and only you.
Other Types of LASIK
Everyone’s eyes are different. A pre-procedure consultation with your doctor will help determine the right type of laser eye surgery for you.
- Custom LASIK is a laser vision correction procedure that helps your surgeon customize the laser treatment to your individual eyes. This procedure may result in your vision being clearer and sharper than ever before.
- Bladeless LASIK uses a gentle laser to create a precise, uniform corneal flap. As the name implies, no blades are used in this customizable eye surgery.
- Wavefront Technology creates a customized map of the unique attributes of your visual system that transfers to the laser, enabling your LASIK surgeon to address your individual visual requirements. Wavefront technology is used in custom LASIK surgery.
How much does LASIK cost?
Postoperative Management and Fees Final results from LASIK depend not only on the qualifications of the surgeon and the technology he or she uses to perform the procedure but also on the patient following all pre- and post-op instruction and steps. This includes the postoperative management instruction that patients receive from the surgeon and technical staff during the weeks and months following the procedure. Because fees for LASIK vary greatly from center to center, it is important to discuss postoperative costs with the surgeon performing your procedure. We offer upgrades to Contoura and Intralase technology for additional costs. We will quote you the cost after a Consultation with Dr. Zeldes. We are very competitive without sacrificing results.
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