LASER VISION CORRECTION
The recent advancement of medical lasers now makes it possible to correct your vision for nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. The entire surgical process takes place in about 20 minutes and can eliminate the need for corrective lenses.
Think of it -- You will be able to see clearly when you wake up in the morning, in the shower, when participating in sports activities, etc. Your peripheral vision will no longer be blurred. Simply, you can have more fun doing the things you wanted to do, but couldn't without glasses. Laser vision correction can truly change your life.
Laser vision correction was first approved in America by the Food and Drug Administration in November 1995, although, the first laser procedure was performed in Germany back in 1987. To date, there have been over 4 million laser vision procedures performed throughout the world.
Virtually all people treated experience an improvement in vision that would allow them to pass a drivers' license exam without the aid of eyeglasses or contacts.
LASIK Vision Correction (Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis) is becoming the most common elective surgical procedure in the United States. The surgery is painless and eliminates or reduces the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses to see objects clearly. Patients are usually able see more clearly within 24 hours.
LASIK surgical procedures are performed using an excimer laser -- a highly precise instrument that produces and controls a beam of cool laser light. The surgeon uses an instrument known as a microkeratome to cut and lift a flap of microscopically small tissue over the cornea. The flap is lifted and the computerized excimer laser then gently surgically sculpts the cornea to alter its curvature to the same prescription as your corrective lenses. The procedure improves the way light is focused through the cornea onto the retina and results in improved vision.
LASIK Vision Correction is an outpatient procedure and is performed using an "eye-drop" anesthesia. Some patients report some minor discomfort immediately afterwards until the outer portion of the cornea heals, usually within 48 to 72 hours. Many patients will see a dramatic improvement in their vision within the first day and return to normal activities within one to three days.
ABOUT THE LASER SYSTEM
Our office is equipped with the very latest and most advanced
tracking laser: the Visx Star laser. This technology allows the
laser to track the movements of the eye during treatment, making
LASIK less stressful and more accurate for our patients.
IS THE PROCEDURE RIGHT FOR YOU?
Dr. DeBartolo will perform a thorough eye examination as part of a LASIK consultation. He will explain all of the advantages, the realistic outcome and any potential side effects that might result. Most of all, he will advise you if you are a good candidate for the procedure and will help you decide if laser vision correction is right for you.
The decision to undergo LASIK vision correction is important. We want you to understand the procedure and your options so that you can make an informed decision.