LASIK Laser Vision Correction
What is Laser Vision Correction (Lasik)?
LASIK, or In-Situ Keratomileusis is the most commonly performed refractive surgery to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Millions around the World have already discovered that LASIK will give them clear vision and freedom from glasses as well as contacts. At Jacksonville Eye Center, Dr. Robert Schnipper uses the latest blade free laser vision technology to provide patients from virtually every corner of the world clear vision without glasses.
am I a candidate for LASIK?
If you are considering LASIK laser vision correction, it is critical that the surgeon himself performs the evaluation. At the Jacksonville Eye Center, Dr. Schnipper evaluates all potential patients. There are some basic requirements listed below.
Generally, if all of the following apply to you, you may be a good candidate for LASIK:
- At least 21 years
- No severe diabetic eye disease or severe glaucoma
- Stable glasses’ prescription for one year
- Have a prescription from -11.00 diopters of nearsightedness up to +6.00 of farsightedness, or astigmatism of up to 6.00 diopters.
If you have been told in the past that you are not a candidate for LASIK, this may no longer be the case! Advancements in technology allow Dr. Schnipper at the Jacksonville Eye Center to treat a wider range of patients due to our advanced blade-free LASIK technology.
What are the benefits of LASIK?
Here are some of the many benefits of LASIK laser vision correction:
- Vision improves immediately after the procedure. An estimated 95 percent of patients who undergo LASIK improve their vision to 20/40 or better, while 85 percent return to 20/20 vision.
- In the vast majority of LASIK procedures, no bandages or stitches are required.
- There isn’t any pain during the procedure.
- Patients usually have a dramatic decrease in the need for glasses after surgery, with many not needing glasses or contacts at all.
- Results are permanent. Your eye prescription can change over time, but a follow-up procedure down the road can address that.
After Dr. Schnipper has determined that you are a candidate for LASIK and your pre-operative evaluation has been completed, you are ready to have the procedure.
On the day of the procedure, your eyes will be numbed with anesthetic drops, and you will be given valium prior to being escorted into the LASIK suite. First, Dr. Schnipper applies a suction ring that will hold your eye steady and maintains a constant pressure. Next, Dr. Schnipper will then will create a thin corneal flap using a blade-free device called the Intralase Femtosecond laser. Dr. Schnipper then lifts the corneal flap and applies the Allegretto Wavelight excimer laser to the exposed interior surface of the cornea. The computer-controlled excimer laser removes a predetermined amount of tissue under the corneal flap on a microscopic level to reshape the cornea. The flap is then repositioned over the treated area and the procedure is finished. The corneal flap serves a natural bandage, which eliminates the discomfort associated with other types of refractive surgery, and speeds up the healing process.
LASIK EYE SURGERY Recovery
Shortly after your brief surgery (10 minutes), we’ll examine your eyes. We’ll give you some prescription eye drops to prevent infection and inflammation and to keep your eyes moist. After your surgery, you may have some slight itching or burning in your eyes, and you’ll probably have some additional tear production. These are normal signs of the healing process.
Healing after LASIK occurs very quickly. In most patients, vision is normal within eight hours and then continues to improve over time. In some cases, it can take a few months to reach the full extent of your vision improvement. But in other patients, results are visible within a few weeks with a dramatic improvement in just hours.
Is LASIK SURGERY safe? what are the side effects?
LASIK surgery is safe and successful in the overwhelming majority of cases. Still, as with any surgery, there are some risks. We’ll discuss these with you prior to your surgery. These are potential complications/side effects of this surgery, although they are rare:
- Sensitivity to glare
- Seeing halos around bright lights
- Double vision
- Dry eyes
- Problems with the flap, such as infection, excessive tearing, and swelling
Does LASIK EYE surgery hurt?
There isn’t any pain with LASIK procedures. First, we give you medication to help you relax. Then, when you’re in the chair for the procedure, we place numbing drops into your eyes. These keep you from feeling anything in the few minutes of the procedure.
Afterward, your eyes may itch, burn, or be watery. Your vision could be blurry for a day or so. But there is little, if any, pain afterward.
Are my LASIK results permanent?
During LASIK, your cornea is permanently reshaped to correct the refractive errors. This means your vision refractive errors reduce dramatically or remove completely (and you have 20/20 vision). Your eyes can change, however, and could require a follow-up procedure if they do.
Also, presbyopia is a near-universal human eye condition that occurs when people turn 40. In presbyopia, the eye loses its ability to focus effectively on close up objects. Presbyopia occurs in the lens of the eye, not the cornea. LASIK doesn’t make presbyopia worse or make its onset sooner. Presbyopia, not declining results from your LASIK procedure, would be the reason you could need reading glasses after your 40th birthday.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in LASIK, call our Jacksonville office at 904-355-5555 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Robert I. Schnipper serves Jacksonville, FL and surrounding areas.