What is LASIK

LASIK is a quick and painless procedure that will restore your vision and  enhance your quality of life.

LASIK is a surgical procedure intended to reduce dependency on glasses or contact lenses

LASIK stands for Laser- Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis and is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser. Pulses from a computer- controlled laser change the curvature of the cornea and the flap is replaced.

The cornea is a part of the eye that helps focus light to create an image on the retina. It works in much the same way that the lens of a camera focuses light to create an image on film. The bending and focusing of light is also known as refraction. Usually the shape of the cornea and the eye are not perfect and the image on the retina is out- of- focus (blurred) or distorted. These imperfections in the focusing power of the eye are called refractive errors.

Refractive surgery options

Refractive surgery options include: PRK, LASIK, SMILE and FLEX.

Photorefractive surgery [PRK]:

PRK was the first surgical procedure developed to reshape the cornea using a laser. It is the safest and easiest procedure with the lowest risk. Outstanding success.  Least comfortable post op.

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The LASIK procedure

A simple and straightforward procedure, LASIK surgery is usually completed in 10 minutes or less. During the procedure, you will be reclined comfortably in a chair and given medication to assist in relaxation. Numbing drops are then placed in your eye and an instrument will be used to hold your eyelids open.

A suction ring holds your eye in the correct position, so you do not have to worry about moving your eye.  This can cause a gentle pressure in some patients. The laser is then used to make a small hinged flap in your cornea.

Using a programmed laser, parts of your cornea are carefully reshaped. With each pulse of the laser beam, a tiny amount of corneal tissue is removed. After reshaping the cornea, the flap is put back into place. The flap usually heals without stitches.

During the surgery, you’ll be asked to focus on a point of light. Staring at this light helps you keep your eye fixed while the laser reshapes your cornea. If you need LASIK surgery in both eyes, Dr. Duplessie will generally conduct the procedure on the same day.

 

How to prepare for the surgery

The long- term results from LASIK are best when the pre-operative measurements are accurate. Contact lenses can change the shape of the cornea.  Please remove soft lenses one week before surgery and hard contact lenses three weeks before surgery.

During the evaluation, you will be asked about your medical and surgical history and given a comprehensive eye examination to evaluate your vision. At this time, the following will be evaluated:

Your cornea will be carefully examined to note the shape, contour, thickness and any irregularities. At this point, it will be determined exactly which areas of your cornea need reshaping and the precise amount of tissue that needs to be removed.

Prior to the surgery, all of the risks and benefits of LASIK surgery will be explained thoroughly and there will be plenty of time to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Answers to your questions

LASIK is a surgical procedure intended to reduce dependency on glasses or contact lenses. LASIK stands for Laser- Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis and is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser. A microkeratome is used to cut a flap in the cornea. Pulses from a computer- controlled laser change the curvature of the cornea and the flap is replaced. The cornea is a part of the eye that helps focus light to create an image on the retina. It works in

much the same way that the lens of a camera focuses light to create an image on film. The bending and focusing of light is also known as refraction. Usually, the shape of the cornea and the eye are not perfect and the image on the retina is out- of- focus (blurred) or distorted. These imperfections in the focusing power of the eye are called refractive errors.

Most people who have laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgery achieve 20/20 vision or better. LASIK surgery has an excellent track record, complications are rare, and most people are thrilled with the results. Certain side effects, particularly dry eyes and temporary visual disturbances (such as glare), are fairly common. These almost always clear up after a few weeks or months, and very few people consider them to be a long-term problem.

Note that LASIK cannot correct conditions such as lazy eye and glaucoma.

To be a good candidate for LASIK surgery, you must:

  • Have a relatively stable prescription. People who have to change their prescriptions often may not be good candidates.
  • Be an adult over the age of 18.
  • Have good eye health, including a cornea that is sufficiently thick.
  • Not be pregnant or nursing.

LASIK surgery is a quick and painless procedure that only requires a few basic steps for preparation. If you wear contact lenses, you will be asked to stop wearing them two weeks prior to your baseline evaluation, as they could interfere with your results. You should review your medical history so you can tell your doctor about any eye conditions you have experienced and share the details of any medications you take or allergies you have. On the day of surgery, you should refrain from wearing any lotions, makeup, or perfume, which may increase risk of infection. You should arrange to be dropped off and picked up from your surgery.

Before

If you wear contact lenses, you will be asked to stop wearing them two weeks prior to your baseline evaluation, as they could interfere with your results.

Additionally, you should tell Dr. Duplessie about any eye conditions you have experienced and share the details of all the medications you take or allergies you have.

Dr. Duplessie will conduct an exam and answer any questions.

On the day of surgery, you should refrain from wearing any lotions, makeup, or perfume, which damage the mirrors in the laser.

You should also arrange to be dropped off and picked up from your surgery.

During

The surgery itself usually takes less than 5 minutes. You will be comfortably reclined in a large exam chair. A numbing agent will be placed in your eye and a small lid speculum instrument will be used to hold your eye open.

Dr. Duplessie is one of the world’s most experienced lasik surgeons, will explain how the laser works and where you should focus your eye during the procedure.

After the procedure. Goggles or a shield will be placed over your eyes once the laser process is complete to protect your eyes from you accidentally rubbing them.

After

You may feel mild itching or burning immediately following the procedure, but it should pass quickly. Use preservative free drops to make your eyes more comfortable. Your eyes may be somewhat watery, but it is important to refrain from rubbing or touching them.

Sensitivity to light is also common immediately following the surgery. If symptoms do not improve after a day or two, you should contact your doctor.

You will be scheduled for a follow-up visit 24 hours after the surgery for a quick post-operative examination. Dr. Duplessie. will discuss any subsequent steps or visits at this point.

No, LASIK eye surgery is not painful. Prior to starting the procedure, you’ll receive numbing eye drops that will alleviate any significant discomfort. It is normal to feel a bit of pressure while undergoing LASIK, but you should not experience any pain.

If you are worried about staying relaxed during the procedure, you may be provided with a mild sedative to calm your nerves. Following surgery, patients often report a slight itching or burning sensation in the eyes that quickly passes.

Yes. LASIK typically is a bilateral procedure — meaning it is completely safe to have it performed on both eyes during the same session. Due to the fact that recovery requirements are minimal and the procedure takes only a few minutes per eye, there is usually no reason to schedule separate surgical times for each eye.

LASIK eye surgery costs between $2,000 to $3,000 per eye. It is not typically covered by insurance because the procedure is classified as cosmetic or elective.

The actual price you pay for LASIK will depend on many factors, including the experience and reputation of your surgeon and the type of technology used during your procedure.

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