For many years, the best way to correct vision for people affected by visual refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, was to wear prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. A few decades ago, the field of ophthalmology was revolutionized by lasers and their use in vision correction procedures. Laser vision correction made it possible to alter the way light is refracted onto the retina, helping patients focus more clearly on distances both near and far without the aid of corrective eyewear. LASIK, or Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, is the most popular form of laser vision correction. The treatment uses sophisticated laser technology to reshape the eye’s cornea and help individuals see the world in a brand new light.
The following information will provide you with more details about what LASIK does and how it may benefit your needs and goals. If you have questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of the experienced eye doctors at Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute, please call us at (858) 455-6800 or click here to send us a message.
The team at Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute is committed to providing the best laser vision correction possible by combining expert skill and experience with the most advanced technology available. We exclusively offer All-Laser LASIK because it is less invasive and more precise than traditional LASIK techniques. We utilize WaveLight® Refractive Suite, which is the most state-of-the-art technology available for laser vision correction. We optimize vision for patients with nearsightedness and astigmatism by using ContouraTM Vision – Topography-Guided Laser Vision Correction. We also utilize Wavefront Guided Custom LASIK, which corrects visual aberrations to provide the most accurate laser vision correction possible.
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The LASIK procedure in its entirety is typically complete within minutes with the end result being a severe reduction or elimination in the patient’s reliance on eyeglasses or corrective lenses. During the procedure a thin flap is created in the upper layer of the cornea. The laser will then precisely reshape the underlying corneal tissue to improve the way light is focused through the eye. The corneal flap will then be placed back in its original position. No sutures are required after replacing the corneal flap. The surface is kept dry for several minutes and is then flushed with antibiotic eye drops. A temporary eye shield or patch is applied to the patient for healing and sterile purposes.
After LASIK surgery, patients may experience moderate burning or itching in the eye. The shield supplied is removed the morning after surgery. For many patients the vision will be greatly improved after the patch is removed, whereas for others, variable improvement will be noticed with greater improvement as the eyes continue to heal. This ultimately depends on the amount of astigmatism present at the time of surgery. Eye drops will be prescribed to facilitate the healing process.
In most cases, patients are able to return to work in a matter of a few days. Most activities may be resumed almost immediately. The face however should not be placed under water for at least two weeks.
LASIK offers a vast array of benefits for patients who are candidates for the procedure, including:
We have helped thousands of people who struggled with poor vision improve their quality of life through LASIK. You can read more to find out if LASIK is right for you. The Gordon Schanzlin Institute offers a range of vision correction procedures. If you are not a candidate for LASIK, another treatment, such as PRK, may better suit your needs. You can compare the options and schedule a consultation with our experienced staff who will evaluate your needs and guide you to the best option for you.
The Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute was one of the first centers in the United States to offer LASIK eye surgery. Many of our doctors have been among the pioneers in the field of laser vision correction, participating in clinical trials of new techniques for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In fact, Dr. Michael Gordon is known as a global leader in refractive surgery and was the first surgeon in the U.S. to utilize the Summit Excimer Laser for the correction of nearsightedness.
Our practice is committed to providing our patients with access to some of the most advanced laser treatment technologies in the world, including the WaveLight®Refractive Suite and ContouraTM Vision – Topography-Guided Laser Vision Correction, a state-of-the-art laser platform designed to optimize the cornea’s optical surface and provide patients with vision of even better quality than that which can be obtained with eyeglasses. Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute was involved in the clinical trials that preceded FDA approval for this revolutionary technique, and we are one of the first centers in the nation to offer it.
If you have questions about how LASIK can help you improve your vision, or if you would like to schedule an eye evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, please contact us today.
The Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute is proud to offer special pricing to our friends in the U.S. Military. Active military members can receive a 25% discount on LASIK laser vision correction procedures and immediate family members of those on active duty may be eligible to receive a 10% discount. Get details on this offer and read more about LASIK in the military.