What is LASIK?

LASIK is a surgical procedure using the Star4 excimer laser to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) or nearsightedness with astigmatism. In LASIK, a thin flap of surface corneal tissue is created using a device known as a microkeratome. This is done to allow access to the underlying corneal tissue known as the stroma. With the stroma exposed, multiple pulses of Star4 excimer ultraviolet light are applied to the cornea in a computer-controlled pattern, in order to remove a precise amount and pattern of stromal tissue. Therefore, following replacement of the flap, the net result is that the front surface of the cornea is reshaped (for nearsightedness or myopia, this includes flattening of the central curvature of the corneal surface). 

By reshaping the central cornea curvature, the focussing point of light rays entering the nearsighted eye (with or without astigmatism) is brought closer to the retina (the sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye that acts like the film in a camera) and the uncorrected distance vision is improved. Farsightedness can be corrected by reshaping the central cornea curvature so that it becomes more steeply curved, again allowing light rays to be brought closer to the retina.

In the clinical studies of the VISX Excimer Star S2 Laser System for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, the results of the 12 months after surgery were:

  • A. Without the help of glasses

      • 94% mildly nearsighted eyes could see 20/40 or better

      • 91% mildly nearsighted eyes with astigmatism could see 20/40 or better

      • 90% highly nearsighted eyes with or without astigmatism could see 20/40 or better

      • 95% moderately farsighted eyes could see 20/40 or better

  • B. With the help of glasses*

      • 99% mildly nearsighted eyes could see 20/40 or better

      • 98% mildly nearsighted eyes with astigmatism could see 20/40 or better

      • 99% highly nearsighted eyes with or without astigmatism could see 20/40 or better

      • 99% moderately farsighted eyes could see 20/40 or better

* Data collected from eyes that could see 20/20 or better with glasses before surgery

Even though vision improves without glasses, some patients may need and enhancement, glasses, or contact lenses after LASIK. LASIK does not eliminate the need for reading glasses.

 

NOTE: you may need reading glasses after laser surgery even if you did not wear them before.

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How often should I visit my ophthalmologist?

​If you have a history of eye disease, we recommend making regular appointments and following up as your ophthalmologist advises. Call now for more information or to schedule an appointment.

​Can I bring a friend with me to my ophthalmologist appointment?

​You are always welcome to bring a friend or family member with you to your appointments.  An extra set of ears is always helpful so you don’t forget any important information your ophthalmologist goes over with you during your appointment. 

 

How do I know if I should schedule an ophthalmologist appointment?

​If you are having eye discomfort or trouble with your vision, schedule an appointment with your ophthalmologist. Health conditions, like high blood pressure or diabetes, increase your risk for certain diseases. If you have questions or think you might need to see an ophthalmologist, call for more information.

 

Do your ophthalmologists have tips on how I can protect my eyes?

 

​Don’t forget to wear protective eyewear during activities like mowing the grass, doing construction work, or playing sports.  If you wear contacts, take steps to prevent eye infections. Wash your hands before handling your contacts or touching your eyes, and be sure to replace them regularly.

 

When should I arrive at my ophthalmologist appointment?

 

​We ask that you arrive at your eye appointment fifteen minutes early. That gives you time to fill out any necessary paperwork before your appointment with your doctor. 

 

What should I bring for my ophthalmologist appointment?

 

​You will need to bring your insurance information. If you have a referral from your primary care physician, please have that with you if you haven’t already sent it to us. And lastly, bring a list of all medications you are taking.

 

Can your ophthalmologists perform LASIK? What can I expect?

 

​One of our most popular procedures at Spectrum Eye Institute is LASIK surgery. An outpatient procedure, LASIK surgery corrects the vision of patients who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism. Call now for more information or to see if LASIK might be right for you. 

 

Does your ophthalmologist office offer cosmetic services?

 

​Though ophthalmologists are known for medically necessary services, we also offer cosmetic procedures and services to help you look and feel your best. We offer Botox Cosmetic treatments that smooth deep wrinkles and crows’ feet around your eyes. Call our offices for more information and to schedule a consultation.