For many years, the best way for people affected by visual refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism to see as clearly as possible was to wear prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. A few decades ago, a revolution in the field of ophthalmology changed all that. 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 contact us today.
Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute was one of the initial 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 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.
At Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute, we only offer state-of-the-art LASIK techniques because we want the best and most innovative treatment for our patients. All-Laser LASIK is one of the most advanced breakthroughs in laser vision correction and refractive surgery history! This technique does not require the use of mechanical incisions or a microkeratome (surgical blade), making the All-Laser LASIK procedure much less invasive and incredibly precise. Since 2003, Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute has offered All-Laser LASIK procedures as our standard LASIK treatment.
LASIK offers a vast array of benefits for patients who are candidates for the procedure, including:
With the LASIK procedure, a thin flap is created in the cornea’s upper layer. 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. The entire procedure is typically complete within minutes.
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.
Since LASIK is designed to help patients improve common vision conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, the procedure can ultimately enhance the eyes’ focus and reduce – or even eliminate – reliance on glasses or contact lenses.
The difference between LASIK Surgery and an alternative laser vision correction procedure such as PRK is that PRK treats the exterior of the eye – reshaping the outside surface – while LASIK reshapes the cornea after a thin flap has been created on the surface of the eye. As a result, with LASIK there is less of an area to heal, less risk of scarring, less risk of corneal haze, less post-operative pain, fewer post-operative medications, and vision is often improved more rapidly.
After LASIK Surgery, patients may experience moderate burning or itching in the eye. The shield 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.
Initial findings indicate the advantages of LASIK over PRK for high degrees of nearsightedness (myopia), including:
With that in mind, PRK can often serve as a good alternative for patients who are not candidates for LASIK since the procedure can provide individuals with similar benefits and a reduced need to wear glasses or contact lenses.
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.