LASIK Eye Surgery
The most life-changing refractive laser surgery to date.
What is LASIK Eye Surgery?
LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is an FDA approved painless outpatient laser vision correction surgery designed to reshape the cornea to fix nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. LASIK uses non-painful laser light energy to reshape the cornea to focus light rays onto the retina to improve vision. First performed decades ago, today LASIK has evolved as a very safe and effective procedure to improve vision and enjoy your favorite activities without the need for contact lenses or glasses. Call today to schedule a FREE consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK.
What is Laser Vision Correction?
Laser vision correction involves reshaping the cornea with a specifically designed, computer-guided laser. Using this laser an extremely precise reshaping of the cornea can be achieved, resulting in greatly improved vision without glasses or contact lenses.
LASIK surgery involves the painless reshaping of the middle part of the cornea. LASIK is performed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. In the past, the first step in LASIK surgery used a very fine oscillating blade to make the corneal flap. Now, Dr. Gross uses the highly precise IntraLase® FS femtosecond laser to create the thin corneal flap. Compared to a blade, the femtosecond laser ensures less variability when creating the flap, which in turn makes this part of the procedure safer. After the corneal flap is made, it is lifted to expose the middle of the cornea. Then the VISX® STAR S4 excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea to provide better vision. Finally, the corneal flap is placed back and the surgery is complete.
PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy, is similar to LASIK. However, instead of creating a flap and reshaping the middle of the cornea, the surface of the cornea is reshaped using the VISX® STAR S4 excimer laser. This procedure is not as common as LASIK but is best for patients whose corneas are too thin for LASIK. During this surgery, the thin layer of cells on the surface of the cornea is removed, and then the excimer laser reshapes the front of the cornea. Due to the removal of the surface cells, a bandage contact lens is placed on the eye to protect it as it heals over the next several days.