Laser Vision Correction
Laser vision correction (LASIK) has become the surgical procedure of choice for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Many advances – including Customized LASIK and “all laser” LASIK – have resulted in the better visual outcomes and have improved the safety of LASIK procedures.
The popularity of LASIK continues to increase because of its many advantages over other types of vision correction. These include minimal discomfort during and after the procedure, accurate results, and rapid return of vision (most patients drive themselves to their one-day post-op visit). With LASIK, the majority of patients achieve corrections in the range of 20/20 or 20/25 and at least 98% could pass a driver’s license test without glasses. LASIK can also correct larger refractive errors than many of the other techniques.
Myopia, Astigmatism & Hyperopia can be corrected!
Depending on the degree of your nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, the excimer laser can correct the curvature of your eyes. Over three million people worldwide have had their eyes reshaped using excimer laser technology. By reshaping the cornea, your vision can be adjusted to as near normal as possible.
LASIK changes the shape of the cornea (the clear “window” that covers the blue or brown iris) to reduce or eliminate the need for distance glasses. The laser used a “cold” ultraviolet light to sculpt the tissue into the correct shape. For nearsightedness, the cornea is made flatter. For farsightedness, the cornea is steepened. For astigmatism, the treatment changes the cornea from an ovoid (egg-like) shape into a sphere.
The procedure involves creating a flap on the surface of the cornea, lifting the flap, and using the laser to reshape the corneal tissue beneath the flap. The flap is then replaced. It takes less than 5 minutes per eye to perform the operation
Making the LASIK Flap
The standard method of creating the corneal flap involves a Microkeratome, which passes over the cornea and lifts up a thin later of tissue. While the Microkeratome is considered extremely safe, there are some situations where there is a greater-than-normal risk of complications. Most of these risks are eliminated with the Intralase® laser. The Intralase® is available for all LASIK procedures.
Cutomized LASIK (Wave Front Technology)
In addition to nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, each of our eyes has a unique pattern of subtle visual imperfections that can limit the quality of our vision, despite LASIK treatment. Advances in laser technology allow us to measure these imperfections and customize the LASIK treatment. The Customized treatment can result in higher quality vision, often better than 20/20. It can also improve night vision and help reduce glare with night driving. We now offer our patients Customized LASIK treatment with both the LadarVision laser and the VISX CustomVue laser.
Our doctors will review with you the laser technologies available to determine which device is best suited for your particular visual correction needs. They will recommend the laser that will provide the best result for your specific case.
To learn more about LASIK and to see if you’re a candidate for these procedures call (818) 762-0647 for a FREE consultation.