LASIK

Lasik

LASIK is the most common and well-known vision correction surgery. During LASIK, your surgeon uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea to improve the way the eye focuses light rays onto the retina. The surgeon will create a thin flap in your cornea and apply the laser treatment beneath.

Advanced Technology to Customize Your Treatment 

We use advanced technology to individualize your vision correction. CustomVue Wavefront technology is groundbreaking because it has the potential to improve not only how much you can see, but also how well you can see. With custom LASIK, your eye’s ability to focus light is measured and a 3-D map is created that demonstrates irregularities. Information contained in the map guides the laser in customizing the treatment to reshape your eye’s corneal surface so that these irregularities can be corrected. Traditional LASIK procedures cannot treat these irregularities.

The Lasik Procedure

During the procedure, the eye is numbed with a topical anesthetic. The surgeon assesses detailed measurements of your eye and then creates a thin flap over the outer layer of the cornea. The laser is used to reshape the cornea to the correct shape.  The flap is then returned to position, and it heals in place. LASIK takes only 10 to 15 minutes. Most patients report greatly improved vision with little to no discomfort the day after undergoing LASIK surgery.

Is LASIK right for you?

If you are tired of wearing corrective lenses or eyeglasses, you may want to consider LASIK surgery. Most people who have laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgery achieve 20/25 vision or better.

LASIK surgery is usually appropriate for people who have a moderate degree of refractive error and no unusual vision problems. 

Who would not be a good candidate for LASIK surgery?

You would not be a good candidate for LASIK surgery if you have

  • Keratoconus (an eye disease that results in progressive deterioration of your vision and thinning of your cornea)
  • Eye Infections 
  • Eye injuries or lid disorders
  • Dry Eyes (procedure can make dry eye symptoms worse)
  • Large pupils (especially in dim light; may result in glare, halos, starbursts and ghost images)
  • Glaucoma (procedure can raise your eye pressure)
  • Cataracts

Do you have to stop wearing contact lenses before LASIK surgery?

Yes, you do have to stop wearing contact lenses before LASIK surgery because contact lenses distort the natural shape of your cornea, which can lead to inaccurate measurements and a less than optimal surgical outcome. You will need to switch to wearing your glasses for at least a few weeks before your surgery. Your eye doctor will give you a more specific timeline based on your situation and how long you’ve been wearing contact lenses. 

What can you expect during a LASIK consultation?

During your consultation, your eye doctor will ask you detailed questions about your eye health and evaluate your eyes to make sure you don’t have any medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, autoimmune disorders that affect your ability to heal) that might result in complications or poor outcomes of surgery.

Are there any side effects with LASIK surgery?

With LASIK surgery, there are some side effects, such as dry eyes and temporary visual disturbances, that may occur but these usually clear up after a few weeks or months.

Dry Eyes. LASIK surgery may cause a temporary decrease in tear production for the first 6 months or so after surgery. Your eye doctor may recommend that you use eyedrops during this time.

Glare, halos and double vision. LASIK surgery may cause you to have difficulty seeing at night. You might notice glare, halos around bright lights or double vision. This may last a few days to a few weeks.

What outcomes can you expect from LASIK surgery?

For most people, LASIK surgery provides excellent results and improved vision for many years or decades. As you get older or in low-light conditions, however, you may still need to wear glasses. Over time your refraction may slowly worsen with age and your vision may not be quite as good as it was immediately after surgery.

Talk with your eye surgeon about your questions and concerns and how LASIK will benefit you. It is important for you to understand the benefits and limitations of surgery.

How long do results last with LASIK surgery?

Most people who undergo LASIK surgery will have good to excellent vision in most situations for many years or decades.

What age group is LASIK recommended?

LASIK surgery is best for ages 20+ years old. At 40+ years, you might want to consider other laser eye surgery procedures, such as Clear Lens Exchange. In your early to mid-40s, you lose some ability to focus on nearby objects (presbyopia), which results in difficulty reading small print or doing close-up tasks. LASIK, therefore, may not be the best laser eye surgery procedure for this age group. Talk to your eye doctor about the best laser eye surgery for your age group.

Contact Us

If you are interested in LASIK surgery, please call (815) 932-2020 to schedule an appointment or you may request an appointment online.