What Is LASIK?
Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is an FDA-approved surgical procedure intended to reduce dependency on eyeglasses or contact lenses. The most commonly performed vision correction procedure, LASIK is performed on nearly 1 million patients each year to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism by permanently altering the shape of the cornea, the eye’s thin, transparent covering. Corneal reshaping increases the eye’s focusing power and improves vision.
There is a reason why so many people are opting for refractive laser eye surgery: it really can improve eyesight, and in many cases drastically. Refractive laser eye surgery is a comfortable, safe and effective outpatient procedure that corrects a wide range of vision problems, including;
Refractive surgery provides a number of very important advantages. There is typically little or no post-operative discomfort. Recovery is fast and complications are extremely rare. Vision returns quickly, usually without the need for glasses or contacts.
How LASIK Works
Here at Coastal Bend Eye, our team of Ophthalmologists has been performing successful LASIK surgery for many years. The first step of the LASIK procedure is to apply anesthetic eye drops after the eyes have been relaxed the creation of the corneal flap begins. To do so our LASIK surgeon uses the WaveLight F2S00 Femtosecond laser to create a flap in the cornea to access the inner corneal tissue. During the creation of the corneal flap, which only takes a couple of minutes, your vision dims and will be blurry for about a minute. Once the flap is created you will be able to see the flashing fixation light and the bright lights that will be used for the procedure.
After the corneal flap is created the surgeon will then apply computer-controlled pulses of cool laser light from the WaveLight EX500 Excimer laser to the inner layers of the cornea. The laser is actually reshaping your inner corneal layer to improve your vision. During the reshaping of the cornea, an eye-tracking device tracks the movements of your eyes to ensure precise correction of the cornea during your LASIK procedure. Once the inner tissue of the cornea is reshaped our LASIK surgeon carefully repositions the corneal flap into its original position. After the flap has been repositioned a protective shield is placed over your eye to prevent any movement of the corneal flap as it is healing.
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The WaveLight® Refractive Suite from Alcon is an advanced form of technology that provides the most customized, precise LASIK procedure available today. It analyzes the surface of the eye, taking into account its unique curvature and features. Dr. Moore can then use that information to adapt treatment in an extremely accurate way to that individual eye. The WaveLight Refractive Suite can, therefore, offer the most optimized, natural shape for an ideal visual outcome.
Other forms of LASIK procedures rely on the patient’s corrective prescription to determine how to reshape the cornea. Therefore, all of the patients with the same prescription would be treated in the exact same manner, despite differences in their curvature and the overall topography of their eyes. In contrast, the WaveLight Refractive Suite creates a much fuller, more detailed image of the eye, helping Dr. Moore choose the most effective correction to attain the best possible vision for that specific eye.
WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser
The WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser offers a wide range of customization options for your unique eyes. Dr. Moore will perform an individualized laser vision correction treatment just for you that can result in crisp, clear vision.
WaveLight® FS200 Femtosecond Laser
Standard LASIK surgery requires cutting a flap on the cornea using a sharp blade that simply can’t compare to the precision and accuracy of a laser. The blade-free procedure offered by the WaveLight®
FS200 Femtosecond Laser provides:
- Great precision
- Proven safety profile
- Enhanced predictability