About LASIK

What is LASIK?

Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, or LASIK, is a procedure in which an ophthalmologist uses a laser to reshape the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The cornea is the clear part in the front of eye that focuses light to produce an image on the retina. It is common for the cornea to be to misshaped, causing blurred vision. LASIK corrects these imperfections of the cornea.

 

Steps Of LASIK Procedure

Step 1. Prepping the Eye

The patient will lie in a reclining chair in the exam room containing the laser system. A numbing drop will be placed in the patient’s eye, and the area around the eye will be cleaned. A lid speculum, an instrument used to hold the eye open, will be gently inserted.

Step 2. Creating the Protective Flap

The surgeon will use the iFS Intralase laser to create a protective flap in the cornea. During this procedure, the patient’s vision will dim and he or she may feel slight pressure, but usually no discomfort.

Step 3. Positioning Under Excimer Laser

The surgeon will position the excimer laser into the proper position and the patient will be asked to stare at a light.

Step 4. Laser Removal of Corneal Tissue

When the eye is properly positioned, the doctor will use the cool beam of the Star S4 excimer laser to sculpt your corneal to the desired shape. This step can take 5-60 seconds depending on the amount of correction required. After this, the surgeon gentle repositions the protective corneal flap, which adheres almost immediately.

Step 5. Wearing Protective Eyewear

A shield or glasses will be placed over the patient’s eye at the end of the procedure for protection. It is important for the patient to wear the shield to prevent injury or pressure on the eye until the flap has healed. The doctor might ask for the patient to wear protective eyewear for the first 24 hours.

Monovision LASIK

Patients who undergo conventional LASIK may still need glasses to correct presbyopia after surgery, because LASIK alone cannot treat presbyopia, as it reshapes the cornea, not the lens. With conventional LASIK, both eyes are corrected for distance vision, leaving some patients in need of glasses for reading and other activities that require close-up vision.

What Results Can You Expect?

With today’s technology, combined with the expertise and experience of our surgeons, most patients achieve 20/20 or better vision! Although this is always the goal, visual results cannot be guaranteed with every patient.

Here are the results
One year after the CustomVue procedure, patients in a clinical study reported these great results without glasses and contact lenses:

100% could pass a driving test
98% could see 20/20 or better
70% could see better than 20/20

 

Is LASIK Right For Me?

Corneal Associates of New Jersey invites you to take advantage of our free LASIK screening or Click Here to take our LASIK Candidate test.

If glasses or contact lenses make your vision significantly better, you are likely to be an excellent candidate for LASIK surgery. If your vision problem is caused by something other than the shape of your cornea, such as a cataract or a detached retina, LASIK surgery is not appropriate for you. If you are not a LASIK candidate there are many LASIK alternatives that Corneal Associates of New Jersey will be happy to discuss with you.

The Latest LASIK Technology

Corneal Associates of New Jersey Cutting Edge LASIK Technology at Corneal Associates of New Jerseyutilizes wavefront scanning, a state-of-the-art software and hardware upgrade using the VISX S-4 laser with Advanced CustomVue Technology. This allows for more precise and more predictable results for LASIK patients.

Millions of people have had LASIK over the past few years. Many more want to experience the freedom that LASIK offers but have been hesitant to move forward. With Custom IR technology, your candidacy is quickly evaluated and individualized. With the latest techniques, side effects, such as halo, starburst, and glare, are greatly reduced, and night vision is enhanced.

Clinical Study Results

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)* has approved the VISX CustomVue procedure for correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The following are some of the FDA clinical study results:

FDA clinical study results show, one year after the VISX CustomVue procedure, without corrective lenses:
100% could pass a driving test
98% could see 20/20 or better
70% could see better than 20/20

Uncorrected visual acuity is the measurement of how well you see without the aid of corrective lenses. Quality of vision refers not only to what you see, but also how well you see under a variety of conditions, such as driving at night.

Four times as many participants were very happy with their night vision after CustomVue compared to their night vision with contact lenses or glasses.

Overall, many participants were more satisfied with their quality of vision after the VISX CustomVue procedure than before the procedure.