LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a safe, reliable, and relatively painless way to improve vision and reduce or eliminate the need to wear glasses or contact lenses. LASIK changes the way light is bent, or refracted, as it passes through the cornea so that it focuses properly on the retina and objects can be seen clearly.
LASIK improves vision safely and precisely by reshaping the cornea to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. Vision improves within minutes and most patients eventually enjoy 20/20 vision or better after treatment.
The most commonly performed elective surgery in America (LASIK) combines the advantages of two sophisticated technologies: the accuracy of the excimer laser and the benefit of lamellar keratoplasty. It is safe, precise, and highly successful. Thanks to LASIK, millions of people worldwide have experienced the wonder of clear vision without glasses or contact lenses.
LASIK offers many improvements over other refractive surgery procedures. These include little or no post-operative discomfort, immediate vision improvement, and the ability to drive or return to work quickly- sometimes as soon as the next day. Most patients require no corrective eyewear after surgery (although patients over 45 may still need reading glasses).
Call today to schedule your free consultation and find out if you are a candidate for LASIK. Soon you could be tossing away your glasses or contact lenses and enjoying the freedom of clear vision.
Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK. When you come in for an evaluation, your eyes will be examined to determine whether LASIK or another refractive procedure is appropriate for you, and whether you are at risk for any complications.
During your consultation, your surgeon will review your eyesight and discuss whether LASIK is right for you.
Choosing to undergo eye surgery is a difficult decision with long-lasting consequences. You will live with the results of your surgery for years to come. That’s why it’s so important to find an experienced surgeon equipped with the latest technology to ensure you enjoy the best surgical results possible. The surgeons at the Eye Clinic of Meridian have performed thousands of LASIK surgeries and pride themselves on offering the latest technology.
We don’t pressure our patients into undergoing a procedure that isn’t right for them. Every patient interested in LASIK undergoes an extensive evaluation at no cost to determine whether LASIK is right for him or her. During the consultation, the patient and surgeon have a frank discussion about the risks and advantages of having laser vision correction. Only then is the patient accepted as a pre-operative LASIK candidate.
Unlike high-volume LASIK “factories”, we take the time to ensure that every patient receives the best care and attention. The procedure is quick—about 15 minutes per eye—but we don’t rush our patients in and out of the office to make room for the next one in line.
During the procedure, a state-of-the-art laser, called a femtosecond laser, cuts a precise, paper-thin flap in the front of the cornea. Patients are given anesthesia so they do not feel any pain. The flap is then lifted and an excimer laser beam reshapes the cornea’s curvature to improve vision. The flap is then closed and covered with a protective contact lens.
The entire procedure takes only 15-30 minutes per eye, and patients are often ready to leave within an hour or two. The flap heals on its own within a few days with no need for stitches.
Antibiotic drops will be prescribed for a few days, along with any other post-operative instructions. Full recovery takes a few weeks.
At the Eye Clinic of Meridian, we pride ourselves on offering the newest technology and equipment to give you the best experience and results. In addition, our surgeons have extensive experience, having performed over 18,000 LASIK surgeries combined. We are the only facility in the area using the state-of-the-art IntraLase femtosecond laser for corneal flap creation. This laser has many advantages over the previously used microkeratome blade including more precise and consistent flap creation, reduced complication risk, and quicker recovery. In addition, our excimer laser uses the latest technology to provide the safest treatment with the most consistent results. The newest tracking features allow the laser to precisely control your treatment, even if your eye moves during the procedure. This allows advanced safety as well as peace-of-mind for the patient. In addition, new iris registration technology allows precise treatment even if there is rotation of your eye or head during the procedure. This allows for precise and consistent results, especially in the treatment of astigmatism.