Clear vision plays a critical role in every aspect of your life. Fortunately today, there are vision correction options to bring life back into focus for nearly every vision problem. Whether your choice for clear vision is glasses, contact lenses or LASIK, Our Clinic can help improve your point of view with a variety of vision correction options.
We offer the most advanced LASIK options and continue to bring new advances in vision correction technology to the region.
We now offer the advanced, all-laser iLASIK procedure that combines custom vision-correcting technologies to correct the broadest range of vision imperfections, including mild to severe nearsightedness, farsightedness and all types of astigmatism. It may be an option for people who have previously been told they were not a candidate.
Because our eyes are as unique as our fingerprints, we each have a distinctive “map.” The first step is to create a 3-D analysis of the imperfections of your eye. Twenty-five times more precise than conventional measurements used for glasses and contact lenses, the system measures and corrects errors that are otherwise not detected.
How Is LASIK Surgery Performed?
First, your eye surgeon uses either a mechanical surgical tool called a microkeratome or a femtosecond laser to create a thin, circular “flap” in the cornea.
The surgeon then folds back the hinged flap to access the underlying cornea (called the stroma) and removes some corneal tissue using an excimer laser.
This highly specialized laser uses a cool ultraviolet light beam to remove (“ablate”) microscopic amounts of tissue from the cornea to reshape it so it more accurately focuses light on the retina for improved vision.
For nearsighted people, the goal is to flatten the cornea; with farsighted people, a steeper cornea is desired.
Excimer lasers also can correct astigmatism by smoothing an irregular cornea into a more normal shape. It is a misconception that LASIK cannot treat astigmatism.
After the laser reshapes the cornea, the flap is then laid back in place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed. Then the cornea is allowed to heal naturally.
Laser eye surgery requires only topical anesthetic drops, and no bandages or stitches are required.
Immediately After LASIK Surgery
You should expect some blurry vision and haziness immediately after surgery; however, clarity should improve by the very next morning.
Your eyesight should stabilize and continue to improve within a few days, although in rare cases it may take several weeks or longer. For most people, vision improves immediately.
Generally, you will return to see your eye doctor or your LASIK surgeon the day after surgery.
At this initial check-up, he or she will test your vision to make sure you are legal to drive without glasses or contact lenses. In most states, this requires uncorrected visual acuity of 20/40 or better.
As with any other surgery, always follow your doctor’s instructions and take any medication prescribed. Also, avoid rubbing your eyes, as there’s a small chance this could dislodge the flap until it heals and adheres more securely to the underlying cornea.