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LASIK Eye Surgery

lasik eye surgery spring texasMillions of people around the world have enjoyed the freedom from their glasses or contacts with LASIK eye surgery. Drs. Scott and Gibson at Klein Eyecare have co-managed thousands of LASIK procedures and have the experience to take the best care of your eyes. Klein Eyecare works with only the best surgeons and the best technology available.

LASIK is by far the most popular type of laser vision correction procedure performed today. It is a specific technique that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism with very accurate outcomes. In addition to being a very accurate procedure, it also gives patients the convenience of a very quick recovery and little to no discomfort.

Pre-Operative Evaluation

The first step for anyone considering LASIK is to set up a complete eye examination to establish if they are a good candidate for the procedure or not. This is done by evaluating the health of the cornea and the eye health in general, determining the stability of the prescription, evaluating the magnitude of the prescription, measuring the size of the pupils in dim light, checking for adequate corneal thickness, and by discussing risks and expectations specific to each patient. Patients also need to keep in mind that they will need to be out of their contact lenses for some time before their final pre-op measurements and before their surgery. A general rule is to stay out of soft contact lenses for 2 weeks prior to your pre-op exam and surgery and at least 4-6 weeks for rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens wearers.

The Procedure

The LASIK procedure is completed in three basic steps:

  1. To begin the procedure, the surgeon uses an automated laser, commonly referred to as IntraLase, to create a thin corneal flap. Only topical anesthetic is needed to numb the eye.
  2. Next, the corneal flap is lifted out of the way and a laser is used to reshape the cornea.
  3. Finally, the surgeon gently repositions the corneal flap. The cornea is then allowed to heal on its own. No stitches are required and the cornea begins to heal immediately. The procedure usually lasts about 5 minutes per eye.

Post-Operative Recovery and Evaluation

Most patients say that there is little to no discomfort during or after their procedure, but their vision is blurry for the remainder of their surgery day. Three different eye drops are usually prescribed for about 1 week. Artificial tears are often needed for months after the surgery to prevent dry eyes. We require every patient to return for 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, and 3 month post-op visits. Occasionally, more post-operative visits may be required.

What are the risks of LASIK?

As with any surgical procedure, there is always the risk of having a complication during or after surgery. The doctors at Klein Eyecare always discuss many of these risks with each patient. They will also address any specific questions or concerns. At the evaluation, much more information will be given to each patient considering LASIK so that they will be appropriately informed.

Newest Technology

The doctors at Klein Eyecare only work with the best surgeons who use the newest technologies. The two most important changes in LASIK technology are in the way that the corneal flap is created and in the types of lasers that reshape the cornea.

IntraLase is the name of the laser that many surgeons are using to create the corneal flap in LASIK. Previously, this step of LASIK was done with a metal blade. IntraLase is an advanced technology that was designed to reduce corneal flap complications and make LASIK a safer procedure. For more information on IntraLase, visit www.IntraLase.com .

The other recent advancement in LASIK technology is with the types of lasers that are now available. Lasers today can now provide better treatments that give more accurate results. Drs. Scott and Gibson will help each patient decide which of these technologies is right for them.

Links and more information

www.lasikinstitute.org

www.fda.gov

www.allaboutvision.com

 

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