How Does LASIK Work and What Kind of Vision Can I Expect?Thursday, February 4th, 2016, 7:24 pm
If you’re frustrated by the inconveniences eyeglasses and contact lenses can impose on you, LASIK eye surgery may be able to help. Before you decide on this approach, however, you should consult with a highly qualified ophthalmologist, such as Dr. Steven J. Dell or Dr. Divya M. Varu, and develop a broad understanding of how LASIK works.
LASIK stands for laser-in-situ keratomileusis, and this treatment is designed to enhance visual acuity by reshaping the cornea using light energy. There are different techniques that can be employed to reach the cornea and to modify it, and the appropriate method for you will depend on many factors. Traditional LASIK uses a blade (keratome) to create a thin flap in the cornea. IntraLase LASIK creates the flap using a laser. In both techniques a second laser is then applied to transform the cornea underneath the flap. As might be expected, the IntraLase approach typically offers greater precision and a reduced risk of complications than standard LASIK.
When the IntraLase technique is combined with custom wavefront-guided technology, it’s called iLASIK™. Preferred by NASA astronauts, military fighter pilots, and many civilians, iLASIK™ is one of the most advanced eye correction modalities available. Custom wavefront-guided LASIK uses a precise map of an eye’s natural imperfections to personalize treatment and optimize the results.
Your experience and outcome will depend on the surgeon’s skill, the technique used, your prescription prior to the surgery, and many other variables. However, patients undergoing LASIK (or IntraLase or iLASIK™) can often achieve 20/20 (or better) vision, reducing or even eliminating the need for corrective lenses. Furthermore, the benefits typically will be noticeable within a day of the procedure.
Many people have undergone this procedure with excellent results, but your needs and goals are unique. For more information about LASIK, IntraLase LASIK, and iLASIK™, or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Dell or Dr. Varu, please contact us today.