WHAT IS LASIK/iLASIK?
LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) is a safe, effective surgery to help reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts. This is accomplished by reshaping the surface of the eye to incorporate your refractive error with the aid of an Excimer laser. This is all accomplished underneath a thin flap of tissue created at the beginning of the procedure leaving the surface intact after the procedure is done.
The iLASIK® procedure combines the world’s most advanced, custom vision-correcting technologies into a safe and proven all-laser, bladeless procedure. The advanced iLASIK® Technology customizes your vision based on a diagnostic laser Wavescan™ which acquires your unique refractive signature. This signature, like a fingerprint, is unique to your eyes. The IntraLase® femtosecond laser is used to create a thin corneal flap, which is folded back to allow the Star S4 IR Excimer Laser System to correct your vision based on the exact specification/measurements of your eye(s). This is done utilizing the CustomVue™ individualized laser vision correction. No other vision procedure offers the individualized treatment of iLASIK®.
At Vision Associates, we pride ourselves to the commitment of a personal approach to patient selection for refractive surgery. This means a no pressure, no sales-pitch environment to ensure you have all the facts before making such an important decision. Your vision is too important to us. We encourage you to learn more about LASIK at an unbiased web site such as the FDA web site for LASIK.
For questions or to set up a screening please call 419-578-2020 and ask to speak with our LASIK coordinator.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for the iLASIK procedure?
Vision Associates wants the best possible outcome for each patient, so to be a candidate for LASIK, you must meet a few basic criteria. LASIK candidates must be at least 21 years of age and wear glasses or contact lenses to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Candidates should not have eye diseases, such as glaucoma or cataracts, have stable corrected vision for one year, and be in good general health.
Your initial consultation with our LASIK coordinator will include a battery of testing to evaluate your candidacy for LASIK. If you are not eligible, other surgical options may be presented to you.
Is iLASIK safe?
The technology behind the iLASIK procedure is well-studied and has an excellent safety profile. Doctors have been performing iLASIK for over a decade and laser refractive surgery for over 20 years. As of 2011, over 28 million LASIK procedures have been performed worldwide. It is the most commonly performed elective eye procedure in the U.S.
Is iLASIK painful?
No. The iLASIK procedure is near-painless. Usually, patients complain only of a mild discomfort, which can be controlled with medication. Before the procedure, the patient will be given an oral sedative to help alleviate any anxiety. To numb the eyes, topical eye drops are used. The procedure only lasts a few minutes and the feeling is more like pressure than pain, and felt only at the beginning of the procedure for less than a minute. Following the procedure, pain medication is typically not needed. To aid in the healing process and to help prevent infection after the procedure, we prescribe antibiotic and steroid eye drops. A protective eye shield must be worn by the patient for the first night to avoid rubbing the corrected eyes.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure itself takes approximately a minute per eye to create a flap and another minute per eye to correct the vision. However, the patient will be in the treatment area for about an hour for the entire procedure. Afterward, the patient will need to be driven home.
Does vision improve immediately after the surgery?
Immediately after the procedure, the eyes need a short period of time to heal and
fully appreciate clear vision. Most patients notice improved vision the next day but clear vision may take up to two weeks after the procedure.
How soon can a patient go back to normal activities such as work?
Patients usually resume their activities following their first day post-operative visit. Patients with unusually dusty or dirty work environments may be delayed.
What are the risks associated with the iLASIK procedure?
A small number of patients have reportedly experienced complications as a result of LASIK eye surgery. These risks may include:
- Light sensitivity
- Dry eyes
- Loss of visual clarity
- Irregular astigmatism
Fortunately, complications with LASIK are drastically reduced with today’s advancements in technology. To date, there have been no reports of blindness caused by the LASIK procedure.
LASIK can be a positive life-changing decision, resulting in better vision without the hassle of glasses or contacts. A variety of refractive errors can be effectively treated with custom LASIK surgery including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
The decision of whether or not to undergo LASIK surgery can be a bit intimidating. When selecting a LASIK doctor, you want someone who puts a patient’s health, technology and results above all else. Dr. Harooni is a fellowship-trained cornea and refractive surgery specialist who trained at the Cleveland Clinic. He is also a certified iLASIK surgeon committed to providing the latest technology for optimal safety and comfort for his patients.