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Once you’ve decided that you would like to have a LASIK procedure performed, the next step is to find out if you are in fact a good candidate for the procedure. Advancements in the development of LASIK have significantly widened the amount of patients who may benefit from this particular laser vision correction option. Thanks to the creation of the state-of-the-art VISX Star 4 laser and the Wavefront-guided CustomVue version of the LASIK procedure, patients with higher order aberrations can now successfully benefit from LASIK.
Despite the advances in LASIK, not everyone will make a perfect LASIK candidate. The laser vision correction offered at Berg·Feinfield·TLC© Vision Correction is an individual process, not a cookie cutter procedure. Your doctor will carefully evaluate your personal vision characteristics and eye history to determine whether or not LASIK can give you the vision results you’re looking for. Corneal shape and thickness and pupil size is measured, along with several other specialized tests. If, for instance, the presence of an eye disease or other complication increases your risks and decreases your chances for success during the procedure, Dr. Berg or Dr. Feinfield may recommend you consider other vision correction options.
Although it is impossible to determine whether or not LASIK can help you without a thorough eye evaluation, there are some guidelines.
In general, good candidates for LASIK:
Can your vision impairment be corrected?
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How does LASIK work?
LASIK is "hybrid" procedure, combining the ALK technique with the accuracy of the Excimer Laser. First the doctor will use an instrument called a Hansatome Microkeratome or the Intralase laser to create a thin surface-flap under a microscope; this will only take a few seconds. Then the Excimer Laser, which has been pre-programmed with your exact correction, applies a rapid, cool ultraviolet light that precisely sculpts a very small amount of the sub-surface of the cornea. These short laser pulses correct the curvature of the cornea, allowing images to be focused clearly on the retina. The flap is then smoothed back down where it quickly bonds back in place, usually in three to five minutes, restoring a smooth, intact surface.
Is the LASIK procedure approved by the FDA?
The FDA does not approve procedures; they approve the technology. They consider LASIK to be a "Practice of medicine issue," meaning that it is up to the doctor to decide what procedure is best suited for the patient. We use a laser that has been fully approved by the FDA, along with the Hansatome Microkeratome or Intralase laser. The laser used by our doctor represents the most advanced laser vision technology approved by the FDA.
How long does LASIK take?
The actual procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes. Depending on your prescription, and the amount of correction needed, the laser itself only takes 20 - 50 seconds to correct your vision. However, you should plan to be in the office for approximately an hour and a half.
Does LASIK hurt?
No. The treatment itself is painless. You will be given plenty of numbing (anesthetic) drops to completely numb the eye. You may feel a light pressure sensation around your eye, and after the procedure is finished you will feel a sensation our patients describe as "wearing a poor-fitting contact lens" for a few hours . . . but you shouldn't have any pain. We rarely find the need to prescribe anything for pain after the procedure - other than Tylenol.
How long will it take to get my final LASIK results?
Although everyone is a little different, the vast majority of our LASIK patients achieve legal driving vision or better, the very next day. One of the most exciting advantages of the LASIK procedure; clear vision comes in quickly. The final result may take anywhere from a week to several weeks, but vision should improve gradually day by day.
What side-effects can I expect from LASIK?
There are a few minor side effects associated with the LASIK procedure. Although post-operative pain is not commonly associated with the procedure (we don't need to prescribe anything other than Tylenol), some patients feel a "foreign-body sensation" for the first day or two. This is similar to the feeling of having a contact lens in the eye when you blink. Some patients may experience either "halos," glare, or light sensitivity around bright lights for a few days after the procedure. It may also take a short period of time to adjust to your close-up, or reading vision. Other, side effects include dryness, under/over correction, flap problems, long lasting halos and glare.
Why can't you "knock me out" for the procedure?
Because, it's completely unnecessary. You'll realize just how unnecessary that would have been when you finally have your procedure done. Also, the risks associated with general anesthesia are excessive for a simple, pain-free procedure that only takes a few minutes. Also the procedure requires that the patient be alert to focus on a blinking light throughout the procedure.
Can I drive myself home after the procedure?
No. You'll need to have someone drive you home after the procedure. Although your vision may (or may not) be good enough to drive after the procedure - everyone is different. The Valium we give you prior to the procedure is a mild sedative . . . and sedatives and driving don't mix.
When can I go back to work?
You may go back to work the next day.
Do you do both eyes at the same time?
We typically do both eyes at the same time with LASIK, although that decision should be made between you and the doctor. Since the vision comes in so quickly and the post-operative sensation is minimal, doing both eyes at the same time makes sense to most of our patients.
Can children have this done?
No. The approximate minimum age-range for Laser Vision Correction is 18 to 21. That's because we require a "stable" prescription. Children are likely to have their prescription change over time, just like their shoe size and height change with time.
Is there a maximum age . . . am I too old to have Laser Vision Correction?
Although there is no real "maximum age" for Laser Vision Correction, we would first need to determine that the overall health of your eyes is good, and that your vision difficulties are not being caused or hindered by cataracts.
What better way to improve your vision than with a completely customized LASIK procedure. Tailored to target your unique vision imperfections, the newest version of LASIK, CustomVue, is helping men and women all over the country.
So, what makes CustomVue different than traditional LASIK? The 10% - 15% of the population that suffers from unique vision challenges, called higher order aberrations, are able to take advantage of a personalized laser treatment, whereas with traditional LASIK may not have been able to fix these vision problems. The laser is specially programmed to reshape your cornea based on distinctive corneal mapping information unique to each eye. If you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or astigmatic, CustomVue may offer you the chance to experience truly unique vision without glasses or contacts.
The CustomVue procedure utilizes Wavefront technology to measure and evaluate your vision system. With this state-of-the-art technology, your doctor is able to identify unique imperfections with 25 times more precision than traditional methods. After measuring at 200 various points, our equipment produces a detailed Wavefront map of your eyes, and uses this information to program your VISX Star 4 laser treatment. The accuracy allowed by this new method is unparalleled and offers patients with higher order aberrations the potential for perfect vision. With the developments used in CustomVue, many patients will end up with vision quality that surpasses the vision they experienced with glasses or contacts.
The CustomVue procedure also uses Iris Registration Technology, a non-contact alignment system that uses the information generated from the Wavefront map to successfully align your corneas for laser delivery. The accuracy offered by this technology is also unparalleled.
CustomVue is available for patients with:
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