Doctors have been performing LASIK for over a decade and to date approximately 17 million LASIK procedures have been performed (Abbott Medical Optics, 2009 Patient Education Materials).
How LASIK works
LASIK is an acronym for Laser in-situ Keratomileusis, and is one of the most commonly performed types of laser eye surgery. This procedure is safe, effective, and has very few side effects. LASIK eye surgery has helped millions of people see clearly without dependence on glasses or contact lenses. For contact lens wearers, there is no more bother putting lenses in, no more scratchy lenses hitting your eyelids and no more solutions. LASIK is a quick and comfortable vision correction procedure with an excellent track record of success. Proper pre-operative evaluations are critical to the success of this procedure for you. To get a better understanding regarding whether or not you would be a LASIK candidate please see our LASIK candidacy page. To learn about what happens during this eye surgery process please read below.
Dr. Shanbom also offers "Custom Lasik". This new technology actually customizes your individual treatment by using a wavefront analyzer to create a map or detailed diagram to identify aberrations or abnormal irregularities that affect not only your visual acuity, but the quality of your vision as well. This new technology has enhanced Lasik outcomes to the point that it is actually possible to achieve vision better than 20/20. Call us today to schedule your Custom Lasik exam to see if Custom Lasik is the best option for you!
Understanding Your LASIK Candidacy
There is perhaps nothing more important in the LASIK eye surgery process than determining your candidacy. If you are familiar with someone who has not had a good result the problems typically stem from poor judgment of candidacy. The candidacy process begins with a thorough eye health evaluation to check the overall health of your eye as well as the corneal thickness.
The Process of Undergoing LASIK
These are the 3 main steps of the LASIK eye surgery process.
- Pre-Operative Eye Exam
- The Day of Surgery
During your initial LASIK screening, we will thoroughly examine your eyes and perform comprehensive testing to make sure that LASIK eye surgery is the right procedure for you.
Bladeless LASIK technology
In the past, the corneal flap was created by a mechanical device, which used a blade (microkeratome). Today, we offer our patients ALL LASER LASIK using the IntraLASE® femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap, thereby adding a higher level of safety and precision to the LASIK procedure. Using this Blade-Free LASIK procedure, the IntraLase laser delivers millions of tiny, micron-sized bubbles that gently separate the layers of corneal tissue. This creates a customized corneal flap of the desired thickness, size, orientation, and location. This unprecedented level of control also allows more patients to qualify for LASIK and virtually eliminates many of the complications associated with the past mechanical approach.