Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)
LASIK is a brief, outpatient laser procedure that could significantly reduce your dependence on corrective lenses by correcting nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.
We use a VISX Star S4 IR Excimer Laser to reshape your cornea. This excimer laser is also equipped with an active eye tracker and wavefront technology. The wavefront technology is what allows us to perform Custom LASIK. The actual custom LASIK procedure is almost identical to conventional LASIK. However, Custom LASIK uses wavefront technology that improves the performance and quality of your individualized vision correction. A wavefront analyzer generates a 3-D map of your ientire system that give your surgeon a highly detailed view of your individual eye. Studies have shown this precise level of customization with Custom LASIK may result in better vision than is possible with glasses or contacts, reduced the chance of night-vision disturbance and glare, and gives the patient a greater chance of achieving 20/20 or even better vision.
We will use the wavefront analyzer to gently reflect light off your retina to capture the unique optical map of your eye. This information is then electronically transferred to the laser to enhance your treatment. Once this information is collected, anesthetic drops are applied and a flap is created on the surface of the eye. Cool laser light is then applied to the inner corneal layer, reshaping irregularities within the eye. The surgeon then aligns and closes the flap allowing for the healing process to begin. The actual laser procedure takes 30 to 60 seconds per eye, but you will be in our office for approximately two hours.
For more information visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology's website