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Laser Vision Correction

Laser Vision Correction

Say goodbye to glasses and contacts with our cutting-edge laser vision correction procedures. Let us help you achieve clear, natural vision without the need for visual aids.

Experience Life Without Lenses

The past few decades have brought about dynamic changes in our ability to reduce the dependence on glasses or contact lenses for nearsightedness and astigmatism. First was the development of radial keratotomy (RK), which we began performing in the Shore area many years ago. We have had many happy patients who no longer wear glasses. Presently, lasers are the primary tool used in refractive surgery.

Modern laser vision correction is performed with a highly advanced laser known as an excimer laser. Procedures such as LASIK, LASEK, epi-LASIK, PRK, and Advanced Surface Treatment or Ablation all utilize this type of laser. It is now available for many patients whose vision could not previously be corrected by RK. This includes many nearsighted patients, especially the younger ones, who have higher levels of nearsightedness. These techniques are performed on an outpatient basis, and the results have been very gratifying. More recently, with improved enhancements in laser technology, nearsightedness, both lower and higher levels, with or without astigmatism, and some levels of farsightedness can be corrected more safely and effectively than ever before.

You will first check-in and get registered at the laser center. The nurse will give you an optional oral sedative before you enter the laser treatment room. You will then lie down in a comfortable position. Your eyes will be numbed with eye drops and gently cleaned. A small device will be placed between your eyelids to help keep them open. You will be instructed to look at a small blinking light that serves as a target. The laser only lasts a few seconds, and you will not feel it. Your eyes will be rinsed with a cold solution. There is no pain involved, and you will be comfortable throughout. We will provide you with written instructions for pre- and post-operative care.

Understanding the Process of Laser Vision Correction

How long does it take?

The procedure time takes less than 10 minutes per eye. The actual laser treatment portion takes a few seconds per eye, usually less than 60 seconds. Most of your time at the laser center is in preparation for the laser. Expect to be at the laser center for about an hour and a half.

There will be some degree of blurring and vision fluctuation afterwards. The amount of blurring varies in every patient and can last for a few days or sometimes for a few weeks. You will notice other side effects, such as in­creased light sensitivity, glare, and halos around lights, especially at night. All of these will gradually improve. The final visual outcome of PRK usually takes about a month but can take up to 6 months.

It may be difficult to drive or work for the first few days. You will need to take 3-5 days off from work, longer if you have to drive long distances or you do a lot of near work or fine visual tasks.

You will be given instructions for both oral medications and drops to be used before and after the procedure. To ensure successful healing, it is important to follow the instructions carefully. You will be on drops for a few months. You can ask for a copy of these instructions for your information.

Recovery time will vary for every patient. Recovery from any discomfort usually occurs within 1 week. A temporary soft contact lens is placed on the eye after treatment to help with comfort and surface healing. You will need to be cautious for the first two weeks after the procedure to avoid getting water or soap in your eyes. The surface usually heals within 2 weeks. The overall recovery from PRK mostly relates to the final visual outcome. The vision recovers over a period of a few weeks to a few months, gradually stabilizing and improving each day. Most patients recover full vision within 1 month but it can take up to 6 months in some cases.

With the current laser technology, the success rate of laser vision correction is greater than 96%, and is very low. The risk of sight-threatening complications is less than 1% overall. It is much safer now than it was even 10 years ago. As with any surgery, the doctor will discuss the risks and benefits and answer any questions you may have. Patients may experience temporary eye dryness or irritation or difficulty with driving at night. Long-term complications after laser vision correction are extremely rare. Please request a copy of the consent form for a full list of potential complications.

You must have a stable eyeglass prescription that has not changed to any significant extent in the last year. You should be at least 20 years of age or older (younger patients often have prescriptions that have not yet stabilized). The best way to find out is to come in for a free consultation. You will go through a series of tests, and the doctor will examine your eyes to see if you would be an appropriate candidate. If you ordinarily wear contact lenses, to obtain an accurate assessment of your eyes, it is imperative that you discontinue wearing your lenses prior to this exam. Hard or gas-permeable contacts should be left out for three full weeks before the exam. Soft lenses need only be out for 1-2 weeks.

Following the laser treatment the cornea will take time to heal and stabilize. After that, the effect of the laser to the cornea will not change to any significant degree. Other factors may change your vision in the future including changes in the lens or cataract formation, and problems like macular degeneration, glaucoma, or diabetes. It is important to continue with follow-up visits to check the health of your eyes.

In some cases (about 1%), an enhancement laser can be performed to correct any residual myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism if the laser did not correct all of it the first time. There is no extra fee for enhancements done within the first year after the initial laser treatment.

When patients reach their 40s, reading glasses are usually needed even after laser vision correction. In some cases, monovision can be performed to avoid reading glasses. Ask your doctor about monovision if you are aged 40 or over.

If you have further questions about laser refractive surgery, you can simply call us and speak with a doctor. Or you can come in for a free consultation.

Still Have Questions?

If you have any further questions about laser refractive surgery you can simply call us and speak with a doctor. Or you can come in for a free consultation.

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