Refractive Surgery ( Lasik Laser::Latest technology for Lasik)

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Refractive eye surgery can be defined as any eye surgery that is used to improve the refractive state of the eye and decrease or eliminate dependency on glasses or contact lenses. This can include various methods of surgical remodelling of the cornea or cataract surgery. Refractive surgery is used to describe any of a variety of eye surgeries to correct refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism) and thereby reduce or eliminate a person’s need for eyeglasses or contact lenses. The most popular refractive surgery today is LASIK, a laser vision correction procedure that improves eyesight by reshaping the front surface of the eye with an excimer laser. "LASIK" is an acronym for "laser in situ keratomileusis," which means "to reshape the living cornea."

  • Epi - Lasik
  • FemtoSecond Lasik (Bladeless procedure)
  • Customized Aspheric Lasik

More than 90% of refractive eye surgeries performed in the United States are LASIK procedures. However, depending on your refractive error and other factors, your eye doctor may recommend PRK, any of the above mentioned procedure.

ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) / Phakic IOL
This is a procedure done in cases of high power where Lasik is not suitable.

RLE (Refractive Lens Exchange)
In this procedure we replace the natural clear lens with a suitable IOL. This procedure is used for high dioptric power.

Age for LASIK.
There is no strict age requirement. However, most individuals by the age of 20-21 have reached a point at which their glasses prescription will remain relatively stable. The key to being a good candidate is that your glasses and/or contact lens prescription should be relatively stable.
We have treated patients 19-70 years of age with LASIK.

Procedure:
Throughout the procedure you are awake. Eye drops are the only anesthesia. Sedation is not necessary, but you may take an oral tranquilizer. Your eyelids and lashes are cleansed for sterility and a sticky drape keeps your lashes out of the way. Your lids are gently opened. You look at a blinking red light which keeps your eye properly positioned. During the flap creation phase you have a sensation of pressure and a grayness of vision. Then the laser is used and you will hear a rapid clicking sound. The flap is replaced and it takes about 3 minutes for it to stick down. After the procedure, you will leave with an eye shield and eye drops to help your eye heal. Also, your vision may be a little blurry for a few days. The procedure takes under 10 minutes per eye. Most patients are able to return to work in 24 hours, and over three or four weeks, have continuing improvement in their vision.

Life of Laser Correction:
The laser correction will probably last for the rest of your life. The cornea is a very stable tissue. Current studies show that once the cornea has been modified by the current Excimer laser protocol such as LASIK, it tends to remain stable and stay modified permanently, as best we can determine through studying many thousands of patients. There are rare cases of regression, which may be corrected with further surgery, but the vast majority of corrected eyes remain stable.