LASIK is an acronym for Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, which mean “to use a laser to shape the cornea.” LASIK is today's most popular surgical procedure for correcting vision problems caused by refractive error, the failure of the eye to properly focus light. It corrects vision by reshaping the cornea (outer window of the eye) so the light rays focus more precisely on the retina, thereby reducing or eliminating refractive errors.
LASIK is used to treat and correct various vision problems. Eye Specialists of Louisiana help people eliminate or dramatically reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses by treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. After LASIK, the majority of patients who are treated for mild to moderate refractive error achieve vision good enough to eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses.
What Type Of LASIK Surgery Do We Perform?
Eye Specialists of Louisiana use the IntraLase Laser technique. The IntraLase laser provides a less invasive, computer controlled approach to the important first step of the laser vision correction procedure. This step, traditionally performed with a surgical blade, has now been enhanced by the laser’s micron level accuracy, making every procedure more predictable. This remarkable precision, provided by IntraLase technology, enables you to choose laser vision correction with confidence. By replacing the traditional approach with a silent, tiny beam of laser light, the IntraLase FS laser allows more patients to become candidates for laser vision correction due to this unique level of precision that was previously unavailable.
Additionally, Eye Specialists of Louisiana offer the CustomVue LASIK refractive eye procedure. CustomVue™ LASIK refractive eye surgery integrates corneal mapping, the use of the FDA-approved VISX® laser, and Wavefront™ technology – advanced computer equipment to allow a patient’s vision to be corrected at a much more precise degree than traditional refractive eye surgery. CustomVue™ Technology is a marriage of two innovative technologies: the Wavefront Diagnostic System and the VISX® STAR S4 Laser System. Eye Specialists of Louisiana will map each of your eyes to obtain a prescription as individual to you as a fingerprint. We then will use the advanced VISX® STAR S4 Laser System to correct your vision precisely to that prescription. The CustomVue™ combination of Wavefront technology and the VISX® STAR S4 Laser System allows your LASIK surgeon to locate and correct the unique anomalies of each eye for maximum vision improvement. Our physicians are extensively skilled and experienced with these types of laser vision correction procedures.
The CustomVue LASIK procedure only lasts fifteen minutes. In most cases, patients are able to leave our office in approximately one hour. Patients can expect a relatively quick recovery after LASIK surgery with VISX CustomVue™. Most patients are usually able to return to their normal daily routines the day after the procedure. Patients usually experience little to no discomfort after surgery; however, any post-operative discomfort or sensitivity to bright lights can be alleviated with medication, eyedrops, or the wearing of dark eyeglasses for a brief period of time. Follow-up exams will ensure that the eyes are healing properly. Another advantage of the VISX® CustomVue™ LASIK procedure is that it is known to have less instances of complications such as poor night vision and glare.
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Who Qualifies for LASIK?
- The eye must be properly developed and matured. Ideally LASIK patients will be over 18 years of age.
- Prior to surgery, your vision must have been stable for one year (in other words, no changes in your eyewear prescriptions).
- No eye injuries in the 12 months before surgery.
- Candidates cannot be considered if they have an autoimmune disorder.
- Candidates cannot have history of herpes infections in the eye as LASIK could bring on a recurrence of the infection.
- No scarring on the cornea prior to LASIK surgery.
- Candidates must understand the risk and the realistic expectations of what LASIK can do for them.
- LASIK is not suitable for those who are breastfeeding or pregnant on the day of the surgery.
- If you have dry eye syndrome, you will not make a good LASIK candidate.
- If your pupils dilate more than seven millimeters in the dark, then you may not make a good candidate.
Benefits of LASIK
LASIK offers the opportunity to see clearly without contacts or glasses. In many patients, laser vision correction reduces or eliminates nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism, effectively decreasing their dependency on corrective lenses. Many patients achieve 20/40 vision or better.