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LASIK

LASIK Eye Surgery Lyndhurst, New Jersey

LASIK is an acronym for Laser in-situ Keratomileusis, and is one of the most commonly performed types of laser eye surgery. This procedure is safe, effective, and has very few side effects. LASIK eye surgery has helped millions of people see clearly without dependence on glasses or contact lenses. It has made active lifestyle people happy again. Imagine being able to workout without glasses or see the alarm clock in the middle of the night. For contact lens wearers, there is no more bother putting lenses in, no more scratchy lenses hitting your eyelids and no more solutions. LASIK is a quick and comfortable vision correction procedure with an excellent track record of success. Proper pre-operative evaluations are critical to the success of this procedure for you. To get a better understanding regarding whether or not you would be a LASIK candidate please see our LASIK candidacy page. To learn about what happens during this eye surgery process please read below.

What happens during LASIK?

During LASIK, our doctors first apply anesthetic eye drops to numb the eye for surgery. Next a suction ring is applied that is designed to hold the eye steady and confirm the pressure of the eye. Our Lyndhurst LASIK surgeon then creates a thin corneal flap using a device called a microkeratome or a femtosecond laser. Our LASIK surgeon tests for laser alignment and walks the patient through the fixation process. The corneal flap is lifted up, and the excimer laser is applied to the exposed interior surface of the cornea to reshape the tissue. The computer-controlled excimer laser removes the tissue under the flap and reshapes the cornea of the affected eye. In less than 60 seconds, high-energy pulses from the excimer laser actually reshape the internal cornea. The flap is then repositioned over the treated area. This is the exact corneal flap that serves as a natural bandage, which eliminates the discomfort associated with other types of refractive surgery, and expedites the healing process. Eye drops will be applied to assist with the healing process. You will be required to take eye drops on a regular basis in the post-operative period. Our doctors will then watch the eye for a few minutes to ensure proper healing. Because of the extraordinary bonding properties of the corneal tissue, stitches are not needed to keep the flap in place postoperatively.

Follow-Up after LASIK

The final outcome and speed of healing of the LASIK procedure is directly related to the care that is taken of the cornea after the procedure. It is very important to keep all postoperative appointments with your doctor. The recommended exam dates following LASIK are:

  • One Day
  • One Week
  • One Month
  • Three Months
  • One Year

These increments can be changed due to scheduling difficulties. However, as long as you continue to see your eye doctor at the recommended times, any enhancements needed are included in the global fee of LASIK. Our New Jersey LASIK patient counselors are standing by to give you a complete understanding of LASIK and the potential benefits this could bring to your life.

Are You a Candidate for LASIK eye surgery? If you would like to know if you are a LASIK candidate you can start by taking our LASIK Self-Evaluation TEST.

LASIK Risks

11/13/2006 - Decade-long Study Shows PRK and LASIK Surgeries ‘Safe and Effective'
AAO 2006 - LAS VEGAS – Both LASIK and PRK eye procedures are safe and effective, according to results of a 10-year study presented today at the Academy of Ophthalmology’s 2006 Joint Meeting.

LASIK involves surgery! Potential LASIK patients need to understand the risks as well as the potential benefits. Many patients worry about complications or vision loss from LASIK eye surgery. New research by the AAO has concluded that after 10 years of monitoring LASIK results the procedure is considered safe and effective. No LASIK patient has ever gone blind, but there have been dissatisfied patients. Expectations regarding LASIK eye surgery need to be discussed with a surgeon. Your surgeon should make you feel comfortable and you should have a certain level of confidence in your surgeon before undergoing surgery. If you are considering lasik, you may find comfort in the fact that complications resulting from lasik surgery is very rare.

Possible LASIK Risks Include:

flap complications, flap dislocation, corneal damage, corneal scarring, corneal swelling, droopy eyelid, contact lens intolerance, discomfort, difficulties with night driving, and dry eyes

Choosing a New Jersey eye surgeon for your LASIK surgery

Selecting a surgeon for your LASIK eye surgery is a very important decision that will ultimately affect your vision for the remainder of your life. It is important to discuss your personal situation with a qualified ophthalmologist and ask your questions directly to the ophthalmologist if possible. Choosing a surgeon that has high quality and safety standards can often reduce unnecessary surgical risk. Experience with LASIK eye surgery is also a very important factor when selecting your surgeon. Not all eye doctors share the same level of training or experience in laser vision correction. A surgeon with a vast amount of experience should also be able to show you some basic information regarding outcomes. When constantly analyzing surgical outcomes, the better surgeons find that the consistency and predictability of their results gets better. If a surgeon tracks outcomes this actually demonstrates his or her concern with achieving the best possible results. LASIK technology is constantly improving every year. Some practices and surgeons aim to keep up with the latest technology in order to provide the best possible equipment for the best visual outcomes. In recent years we have seen the advent of wavefront optimized LASIK and special diagnostic equipment to measure aspects of corneal thickness. Each piece of equipment contributes significantly to the LASIK process and can make the procedure better and safer. If a practice does not discuss your cornea or corneal thickness this could be an indicator that you need to see another practice. Clear patient communication should be sought after. If a practice chooses to keep you in the dark about the details start to ask questions. The best practices always provide detailed information about every step of the LASIK process. You may find some of the technical equipment information interesting or also be interested in the LASIK outcomes chart.

Questions to ASK during your LASIK consultation

  1. What is your experience with LASIK eye surgery?
  2. What makes iLASIK great technology?
  3. Does iLASIK or LASIK hurt at all?
  4. Do I have a chance at going blind?
  5. What was your eye surgery education and training?
  6. What is PRK?
  7. Do you perform other types of eye surgery?
  8. What do your patients typically tell you after surgery?
  9. Why did you want to become and eye doctor?