LASIK Vision Correction
LASIK stands for laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis. It is a surgical procedure for patients whose vision prescription has not changed over the last year and who are interested in reducing their dependency on contact lenses or prescription glasses.
The procedure itself involves changing the shape of the cornea using FDA- approved laser devices. A flap is opened in the cornea, the modifications are made and the flap is then reclosed. People with imperfect vision have what are known as refractive errors. LASIK is a surgical procedure which can correct refractive errors by reshaping the cornea and allowing it to increase its focusing power.
LASIK is an effective treatment for people who suffer with nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Laser vision correction is a highly effective outpatient procedure that is suitable for most prescriptions, and can eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. Most patients achieve 20/20 vision after laser vision correction. It has the additional advantages of having very little pain associated with the procedure, no stitches or extensive bandaging is necessary and immediate vision enhancement is achieved.
Dr. Younger is Refractive Surgery Fellowship trained and has worked as an Associate Refractive Surgeon at the prestigious Jules Stein Eye Institute-UCLA. He is certified on the IntraLase® and the ALLEGRETTO Wave Eye-Q® laser systems and has used these lasers since 2007.
Frequently Asked Questions about Refractive Surgery
What is Refractive Surgery?
Refractive surgery is laser vision correction, which corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism by reshaping the cornea, or clear front part of the eye. This allows light traveling through it to be properly focused onto the retina. The most common types of refractive eye surgery are PRK (PhotoRefractive Keratotomy) and LASIK (Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis). The laser, which delivers a cool pulse beam of ultra-violet light, is used on the surface of the cornea in PRK, and underneath the corneal surface in LASIK.
Why Bladeless LASIK, or 'Intralase'? ..... Superior LASIK Flaps
In LASIK, a thin flap of corneal tissue is created and then folded back. By creating a flap in the cornea, the surgeon is able to perform the laser treatment on the inner layer of the cornea and allows for a rapid visual recovery. With ‘bladeless LASIK’, the surgeon uses an advanced laser called IntraLase®, and not a blade, to create the corneal flap and customize the flap for every patient. The iLASIK Procedure EXCLUSIVELY uses the IntraLase femtosecond laser; it's part of what makes iLASIK vision correction unique.
Which laser is recommended for vision correction?
The ALLEGRETTO excimer laser is a vision correction technology that offers patients increased speed, accuracy and safety. The ALLEGRETTO is the fastest excimer laser system available. This laser reshapes the cornea and delivers superior clinical results and safety for our patients. This technology not only corrects a patient’s prescription, but aims to improve the quality of vision and prevent problems with night vision. The system also has a unique eye-tracking system which automatically adjusts to changes in pupil size during treatment. One of the most innovative features of the ALLEGRETTO is the way it automatically compensates for the curvature of the cornea. In this manner, the spherical shape of the cornea is preserved to a degree that older lasers could not achieve.
Is Laser Vision Correction safe?
Also, since 2001, the All-Laser No Blade (IntraLase®) method has dramatically decreased complications that were associated with creating flaps with a blade, improving safety. The iLASIK Procedure only takes minutes. It reshapes your cornea to correct the refractive imperfections in your eye. Here's what happens:
- You get an extensive exam by Dr. Younger, an iLASIK surgeon
- Computers/software are used to make an individual blueprint of your eyes; this blueprint is used to drive your laser correction and is what gives you a truly customized result.
- You'll be given numbing drops so you won't feel pain
- A laser is used to make a thin flap in your cornea, which is repositiioned after the laser
- A second laser is used to make the vision correction, based on your unique eye characteristics
The iLASIK Procedure is Within Your Reach
We know that the simple saying, "you can't put a price on great vision" doesn't change the fact that you have to find a way to pay for the procedure. Here's a candid perspective on the financial ramifications of the iLASIK Procedure.
- You ARE AWAKE during the procedure, but you may be givin medication to relax
- Your eyes will be numbed with drops, and aside from a little pressure, YOU MOST LIKELY WON'T FEEL A THING during the procedure
- Typically BOTH EYES are treated during the same visit
- The iLASIK procedure generally takes less than 10 MINUTES per eye