LASIK (an acronym that stands for LASer In-situ Keratomileusis) is not only the most commonly performed type of laser vision correction, but also the most effective. During the procedure, a small flap is first created with either a blade or laser (IntraLase) in the outer layer of the cornea. The flap is then folded back on its hinge, and the extremely precise and accurate excimer laser is used to remove minute amounts (microns) of underlying corneal tissue, reshaping the cornea and allowing the eye to correctly focus light on the retina.
Currently, LASIK is one of the most commonly performed health care procedures in the U.S.A., with an excellent record of success. LASIK offers faster healing time than other laser procedures and rapid visual recovery (patients usually see well within a few hours). Despite being a “quick” and seemingly “easy” procedure, LASIK is still surgery and, like any other surgery, is not perfect. With the use of the excimer laser, surgeons can achieve an unparalleled degree of precision and predictability. Each pulse of the laser can remove 39-millionths of an inch of tissue in 12-billionths of a second. This technology, coupled with the skill and care of our surgeons, can achieve remarkable accuracy while maintaining exceptional control throughout the procedure.
Are You a Candidate for LASIK?
You may be a candidate for LASIK if you:
- Are 18 years or older with a stable prescription for at least one year.
- Have a prescription within – 1.00 to 11.00 diopters of myopia or up to + 5.00 diopters of farsightedness. Astigmatism up to 5.00 diopters can also be treated.
- Have healthy eyes without disease or serious ailments.
- Have realistic expectations and are educated and informed about the risks and benefits of surgery and the alternatives.
Excellent results start with your first visit to Hoopes Vision, through accurate diagnosis and measurements. Our surgeons, not “counselors”, perform our examinations and screenings. Then, our doctors’ expert surgical ability, combined with careful post-operative care, completes your new vision process. The key to it all is experience and the best technology. Your surgeon’s level of experience and skill in performing these delicate procedures is the critical factor in determining your outcome.