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Proper Screening, Advanced Equipment Can Reduce Lasik Complications Surgery Continues to Provide Life-Changing Results

August 11, 2009 | LASIK

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San Diego, CA – San Diego Eye Surgeons Dr. Michael Gordon and Dr. Jack L. Weiss see patients every day looking to free themselves from their glasses and contact lenses by having LASIK surgery.  “Many of the people we see are tired of the hassle of taking care of their contacts and often feel handicapped by their dependence on glasses or contacts and want the freedom to live without them,”  says Dr. Gordon.

The popularity of LASIK has risen with advances in technology and the FDA has stated that LASIK is safe and effective and nearly all patients are satisfied with the procedure.  Patients have continually reported life-changing results allowing them freedom from the constraints of their glasses and contact lenses.  According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), 12.4 million LASIK procedures have been performed in the U.S. and about 95 percent of patients are satisfied with the procedure.  LASIK has even been approved for use by NASA astronauts and U.S. Military Personnel, including Air Force Pilots.

Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute uses multiple lasers, and is one of only a few practices in the U.S. using the combination of the Intralase blade free LASIK with the Allegretto Wave & VISX S4 lasers.  The use of the Intralase laser, unlike the traditional LASIK using a hand-held mechanical blade, is clinically proven to improve safety and deliver more results to 20/20 vision or better.  Also, the Allegretto Wave and VISX S4 lasers have the broadest range of custom treatments and provide excellent vision day and night – reducing the risk of experiencing glare and halos at night.

LASIK surgery isn’t for everyone – according to ASCRS approximately 20-25% of individuals seeking LASIK are not eligible to receive the surgery.  “The common conditions that can make someone a poor candidate for LASIK are dry eyes, thin or irregular corneas, cataracts and certain medical conditions.  In these patients there may be other options besides LASIK to correct their vision; a thorough evaluation by an eye care professional is needed to determine the best option for a patient.”

There are numerous available options, including Advance Surface Ablation and premium intraocular lens implants (implantable contact lenses), for those patients who are not candidates for LASIK.

The FDA is now enlisting the help of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery – organizations in which the Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute are active – as well as the National Eye Institute to conduct a study to focus on how a patients’ quality of life is affected by laser eye surgery.

Dr. Michael Gordon and Dr. Jack L. Weiss are corneal specialists who perform refractive, corneal and cataract surgery at the Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute. They are among the most experienced and well-trained surgeons in the world and together they have performed thousands of successful surgical and laser vision correction procedures.

Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute has been a trusted provider of eye care and eye surgery in the San Diego area for over 15 years.  With the highly-trained and skilled surgeons, a top-notch optometrist, and the latest in surgical technology, Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute is committed to the highest in quality patient care.