LASIK surgery has evolved by leaps and bounds since it first became available to the wider population in the 1990s. Early on, LASIK surgery was not able to entirelyaddress the aspherical shape of the cornea. Though it improved vision, risk of post-procedure complications such as glare, halos and reduced night vision were some of LASIK’s greatest drawbacks when it was first introduced. Luckily, recent advancements in LASIK eye surgery have improved patient comfort and reduced potential LASIK risks and side effects.
What does the term LASIK mean?
LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, and the term refers to a surgical procedure performed by an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon to help alleviate vision problems such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or instances of blurred vision caused by astigmatism.
The eye surgeon performing the procedure uses either a mechanical microkeratome (blade device) or laser keratome (laser device) to cut or separate a flap of tissue on the patient’s cornea. This flap is lifted and folded back. A laser is then used to reshape the cornea by removing or ablating tissue beneath the flap. This reshaping of the cornea allows light to focus more precisely on the retina, resulting in improved vision.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery?
The truth is that not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK surgery. If you are considering getting a procedure to improve your eyesight, a reputable eye surgery center will schedule a consultation with you to determine if LASIK is appropriate for you or if another option would be better suited for you, such as:
- Laser-Assisted Clear Lensectomy (LACL) – lens replacement.
- LASEK surgery – for patients with corneas that are too thin or flat for LASIK.
- Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) – where the cornea is removed vs. using the flap method utilized with LASIK.
- ICL Implantable Collamer Lenses: Implanting a lens in front of your eye’s natural lens.
- Eyeglasses or contact lenses.
If you fall into any of the following categories, you may not be a good candidate for LASIK surgery:
- You have certain general eye conditions including: dry eyes, large pupils, or thin corneas.
- You suffer from other eye ailments such as: glaucoma, herpes of the eyes, or eye inflammation.
- You have other health conditions or medication needs including: diabetes or other diseases that impede wound healing or that require the use of corticosteroids.
- You are under the age of 18.
- You have experienced a change in your eyeglass or contact lens prescription in the past year.
How can EyeCare20/20 help me?
Cary M. Silverman, M.D., LASIK Eye Surgeon,and the EyeCare20/20 teamhave been helping patients gain improved eyesight and overall eye health for more than 25 years. Our team specializes in LASIK and other forms of eye surgery. We will also take the time to answer questions such as, “How much does LASIK eye surgery cost?” and review the financing options available to you.
To schedule a free consultation, call us today at (973) 560-1500 or fill out the quick contact form on the left. We will get back to you as soon as possible because helping patients is our #1 priority.
Information from the FDA about LASIK: