Eye M.D.’s of Utah
Laser procedures have made significant improvements in the treatment of eye disorders. Prior to the late 1970′s, countless numbers of people were unable to live the lives they wanted due to vision abnormalities. This has changed dramatically with the advent of refractive surgery. Many patients no longer have to depend on glasses and contact lenses for vision correction. Refractive surgery is helping people lead more active and convenient lives.
Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis
The LASIK procedure reshapes the cornea, using a precise excimer laser delivery system. The surgeon begins by creating a flap using the iFS Intralase laser and the flap is then carefully lifted. The excimer laser emits a “cool” laser light that removes microscopic amounts of corneal tissue with extreme precision.
The excimer laser sends gentle pulses of ultraviolet light to reshape the cornea. The laser can be adjusted to account for serious myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia(farsightedness), and astigmatism.
Once the cornea has been reshaped, the flap is then repositioned. Patients usually recover very quickly from a LASIK procedure due to the cornea’s extraordinary ability to heal. LASIK is performed on an outpatient basis and takes approximately one-half hour. The surgeon will apply an anestheic “eye drop” to ensure a painless process.
Following the procedure, patients may experience some discomfort, although this is usually alleviated with medication. The vast majority of patients experience significant improvement in their sight within the first 24 hours. A small percentage of patients may have blurred or fluctuating vision, halos, or night vision difficulties. Patients are usually able to return to work and resume most of their normal activities a day after surgery.
The Best Candidate
LASIK is ideal for patients aged 21 or older whose corneas are healthy and strong. If your prescription changed significantly within the past year, you should delay your LASIK procedure. The LASIK procedure should not be performed on patients who suffer from certain medical conditions or on pregnant women.
The decision to undergo a LASIK procedure is a personal one. Before undergoing LASIK, it is important to know the risks involved and to have realistic expectations. A LASIK procedure can drastically improve, but not perfect, your vision. Nor does LASIK correct presbyopia, an aging of the eye that typically requires people to use reading glasses. Many patients past the age of 40 may need to continue to wear reading glasses once LASIK has been performed. For further information on whether you are a good candidate or to schedule an appointment for LASIK, contact our LASER VISION CORRECTION COORDINATOR at (801) 399-1149.
What’s the first step?
When considering LASIK, a FREE LASIK screening appointment is recommended to determine your level of refractive error. If your refractive error falls within the parameters considered appropriate for LASIK, a comprehensive pre-LASIK eye exam is necessary for more extensive tests to be performed. It is important that all contact lens wearers be out of their contacts for three weeks before their comprehensive eye exam. If it is determined that you are not a LASIK candidate, you may still be able to pursue other refractive procedures for vision correction.
Myopia, commonly referred to as nearsightedness, is a condition whereby light rays focus in front of the retina, instead of directly on the retina.
Astigmatism is a condition in which light rays focus on multiple points of the retina.
Hyperopia, commonly referred to as farsightedness, is a condition whereby light rays focus behind the retina, instead of directly on the retina.
Get The Vision You Have Been Waiting For
With special financing from CHEC, now is the perfect time to consider LASIK.
Take advantage of custom LASIK surgery with Intra-Lase and get affordable finance arrangments (on approved credit, with no down payment, and no interest for 18 months). Find out how much nicer it is to be able to see from the moment you wake up. Call Country Hills Eye Center to make an appointment for a FREE LASIK consultation and get the vision you’ve been waiting for.
For your free intial screening appointment, please call (801) 399-1149.