About a third of our patients are not sure if LASIK is right for them or if they are a candidate (though it turns out about 90% of the people we examine are indeed candidates for some kind of refractive surgery). To assist these people, we offer free screenings, where patients can have their eyes evaluated to determine if they are a candidate for LASIK. Additionally, this is a no obligation way for patients to meet our staff and have their questions answered by one of our doctors.
About two thirds of our patients decide to start directly with a full refractive exam and skip the free screening step. This exam takes longer than the free screening because we do a large number of different tests on each patient’s eyes to make sure we achieve the best possible surgical results. For this exam, we require patients to not wear contacts and only use glasses for the preceding two weeks in order to maximize test accuracy. The cost of the exam goes toward the cost of surgery if patients elect to have surgery.
We require all refractive surgery patients to complete an exam with us prior to surgery.
Once we have completed your pre-operative LASIK examination and determined that you are a good candidate for the procedure, we will schedule your LASIK surgery. Your surgery will be performed on-site at our modern refractive clinic in one of our laser suites. We use anesthetic drops to numb your eyes.
During surgery, your surgeon first creates a flap of tissue in the outer part of the cornea, which is carefully folded back to access the inner corneal tissue. Then, the vision correction treatment with the excimer laser is applied to the cornea beneath the flap. Generally, the treatment only takes a few seconds unless there is a large correction being done, in which case it takes slightly longer.
With Contoura, the newest form of LASIK, the treatment is guided by a computerized map of the topography of your cornea. The laser makes very precise, customized changes to the cornea, correcting even the tiniest imperfections. This commonly results in vision that is better than the patient has ever experienced – often better than 20/20. The flap is then replaced and acts as a natural bandage, healing very quickly.
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