What is LASIK?

LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) is a procedure that corrects your vision by changing the shape of your cornea, making it possible for your eye to properly focus light on the retina. During LASIK, a microkeratome or femtosecond laser is used to create a corneal flap. The excimer laser is then used to perform the reshaping of the cornea. This laser is extremely accurate and can remove a quarter of a micron of tissue at a time (a human hair is approximately 50 microns thick). After the laser is used, the flap is folded back into position and reseals itself; no sutures are needed. The procedure itself takes about 6-8 minutes per eye.

What is PRK?

PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) was the original laser vision correction option used in the early 1990s before the development of LASIK. For some individuals, particularly those with thin corneas or corneas with irregular epithelium (skin), LASIK may not be the best option.  PRK eliminates the flap, instead removing the thin superficial skin layer of the cornea. The excimer laser is then used to perform the reshaping of the cornea. A bandage contact lens will be placed on the eye and the epithelial (skin) layer grows back over, usually within a week following the procedure. PRK patients should understand that recovery times after PRK are longer than recovery times after LASIK. 

 

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How stable is your prescription?
Whether young or young at heart, good candidates for laser eye surgery usually have a stable prescription for at least two years.*

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How is the health of your eyes?
LASIK eye surgery patients are in overall good health and free of eye diseases.*

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Schedule a consultation with us!
There is no way of knowing for sure if you are a candidate for LASIK unless you undergo a comprehensive dilated eye exam by a eye care specialist.*

If you are not a candidate for LASIK or PRK, don't worry. There may be other options for you.
 

The LASIK Procedure

 
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Once you are found to be a candidate for LASIK eye surgery, your procedure will be scheduled. On the day of your procedure, you should have a friend or loved one drive you. Your eyes will be numbed with special drops, and you will be led into the laser suite. You will remain awake throughout the procedure, and will be asked to focus on a fixation light inside the laser.

LASIK corrects your vision in three steps:

1. The femtosecond laser is used to create a thin flap, which is then carefully folded out of the way.
2. The excimer laser reshapes the cornea to correct your prescription.
3. The flap is placed back into position, where it adheres naturally.

The procedure takes about 8 minutes per eye. Immediately following the surgery you will begin to start to see, although the first few hours most patients are somewhat foggy and have some fluctuation to their vision. It is normal to experience burning and watering of the eyes for the first few hours after the procedure that can usually be helped by taking a short nap. The following day most patients are able to drive and return to their normal activities.

 


 

The PRK Procedure

 
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For patients with thinner corneal thickness or irregular epithelium (the top skin surface of the cornea) it may be a better option to perform Photo Refractive Keratectomy (PRK). PRK is also preferred when correcting vision in patients with cornea transplants and sometimes used for enhancements in patients who have had previous LASIK that was done several years in the past.

PRK corrects your vision in 3 steps:
1. The superficial skin cells of the cornea (the epithelium) is removed.
2. The excimer laser reshapes the cornea to correct your prescription.
3. A bandage contact lens is placed on the eye to help the healing process and will remain on the eye until the superficial skin cells have grown back in place (usually 3-4 days).

Due to the removal of the superficial surface cells of the cornea (the epithelium) with PRK there is a slower recovery of comfort and best vision.  Patients undergoing PRK should allow time off work or any other critical task for the first 3-4 days to allow the eye to properly heal.  Most PRK patients are back to normal activities after about a week and then the postoperative course is much like that of a LASIK patient

 


 

Technology

 

In keeping with our ongoing commitment to remain at the forefront of vision correction, Moyes Eye Center offers one of the newest and most technologically advanced laser systems, the WaveLight Refractive Suite. This laser technology offers increased accuracy, safety and precision allowing us to customize the treatment to the visual needs of each patient.


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Benefits of LASIK Surgery

 

LASIK surgery has many benefits and has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any elective surgery in the world. You can trust that at Moyes we’ve spared no expense in equipment, technology, and experienced surgeons to ensure you get the results you desire.

 
 
Over time the cost of LASIK will pay for itself without having the expense of glasses or contacts.

 
95% of patients who undergo LASIK are satisfied with their results. It is one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any elective surgery.

LASIK surgery is successful at eliminating your prescription 95% of the time with one treatment.

 
All of our doctors are laser vision correction patients themselves and you will recieve the same quality treatment that was performed on their own eyes.

Most people return to normal activities the following day, and fewer than 1% experience complications.

 
Moyes Eye Center offers one of the newest and most technologically advanced laser systems.

 
 

Our LASIK Team

 

 
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Andrew Moyes, M.D.
Cataract and Corneal
Specialist

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Michelle Boyce, M.D.
Cataract and Corneal Specialist

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Anthony Verachtert, O.D.
Refractive Pre and Post Op Care

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Ashley
LASIK Coordinator

 
 

Questions About LASIK?