Laser Vision Correction
LASIK or laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis uses the accuracy and precision of the excimer laser to alter the shape of the cornea in an attempt to change the way the light is focused or refracted by the eye, thereby reducing or eliminating the need for glasses or contact lens.
LASIK improves vision safely and precisely by reshaping the cornea to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. Vision improves within minutes, and most patients eventually enjoy 20/20 vision or better after treatment.
The most commonly performed elective surgery in America, LASIK combines the advantages of two sophisticated technologies: the accuracy of the excimer laser and the benefits of lamellar keratoplasty. It is safe, precise and highly successful. Thanks to LASIK, millions of people worldwide have experienced the wonder of clear vision without glasses or contact lenses.
LASIK offers many improvements over other refractive surgery procedures. These include little or no post-operative discomfort, immediate vision improvement, and the ability to drive or return to work quickly-sometimes as soon as the next day. Most patients require no corrective eyewear after surgery (although patients over 45 often need reading glasses).
We offer both traditional microkeratome LASIK and blade-free LASIK, call today to schedule a consultation and find out you are a candidate for LASIK. Soon you could be tossing away your glasses or contact lenses and enjoying the freedom of clear vision.
For many patients looking to regain their personal freedom and escape the hassles and irritation of glasses and contacts, LASIK might be the answer you're looking for. This includes those with normal prescriptions or those with severe degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. For others, a more advanced and personalized LASIK procedure is now available. Custom LASIK, the gold standard in laser vision correction, allows your surgeon to increase the treatment range to include higher-order aberrations and gives you a truly customized procedure for your individual eyes.
Z-LASIK™ is a bladeless alternative to the traditional LASIK procedure that creates an ultra-thin corneal flap and corrects vision in just minutes using high frequency pulses. Patients can achieve clear vision and correction of nearsightedness and astigmatism by gently reshaping the cornea and improving focusing capabilities.
This procedure is ideal for many patients seeking to improve their vision. Your doctor will determine whether or not the Z-LASIK procedure is right for you after evaluating your eyes and overall health. Ideal candidates for Z-LASIK must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Maintain stable vision for at least a year
- No eye infections in the past year
- No autoimmune diseases (such as lupus or Sjogren’s syndrome)
- No scarring on the cornea
- Must not be pregnant or nursing
It is also important for patients to understand the risks of this procedure, and to have realistic expectations for their results. Your doctor will discuss all of these factors with you prior to your procedure.
Benefits of Z-LASIK
As compared with the traditional LASIK procedure and other types of refractive surgery, Z-LASIK offers many benefits to help patients achieve the clear vision of their dreams as quickly and as safely as possible. Some of these benefits include:
- Faster visual recovery - many patients are able to see clearly within 1-2 hours after the procedure
- Shorter procedure time - the entire Z-LASIK procedure takes only 10 minutes to perform, with no waiting and no moving from one laser to another
- Thinner flaps - the high precision Z-LASIK laser can create thinner flaps and correct higher degrees of refractive errors
- Reduced risk of dry eye - as compared to traditional LASIK
This procedure has been performed on over 500,000 different patients thus far, most of whom are satisfied with their results and able to enjoy clear vision with a reduced or eliminated need for glasses or contacts.
During the Z-LASIK procedure, anesthetic drops are applied to the eyes to reduce any potential discomfort, and a speculum is used to hold the eyelids open while the doctor prepares the laser. The flap is first created and folded back to expose the cornea through the use of the femtosecond laser, which precisely creates a thinner flap than in other procedures. Next, the excimer laser is used to reshape the corneal tissue based on each patient’s individual needs. This takes just seconds to perform and is calculated to the hundredth of a millimeter in order to provide patients with the most precise results available. The flap is then replaced over the eye to allow for quick and thorough healing.
PRK or photorefractive keratectomy is one of the safest and most time-tested laser vision correction procedures available. Before LASIK, PRK was the most common refractive surgery procedure. Like LASIK, it reshapes the cornea to improve vision. PRK is now used mainly for patients with large pupils or thin corneas.
The epithelium is removed using a small instrument or a laser. This exposes lower layers of the cornea.
A laser reshapes the cornea using short, rapid pulses of ultraviolet light. The laser is guided by a computer.
A "bandage" contact lens is placed on the eye. The lens helps protect the eye while it heals.
Studies have shown that 90-95% of patients with a correction of up to -6.00 diopters achieve vision of 20/40 after PRK, and up to 70% achieve 20/20. Patients needing less correction generally achieve better results. The risks of PRK include infection, haze, slow healing, scarring, over- or under-correction of the visual condition, and development of astigmatism.
If you would like more information about Laser Vision Correction or to schedule an appointment, feel free to fill out our convenient contact form or call us directly at 310.229.1220.