LASIK by Envision Laser Centers
LASIK has made many advancements since the first procedure performed in the U.S. in 1991. Twenty years later, LASIK has evolved into one of the safest and most popular elective surgeries ever. In over 15 million procedures world wide, no one has ever reportedly gone blind from LASIK. Our LASIK procedure is fast and painless, usually taking about ten minutes for both eyes. Vision recovery is so fast, that most people are seeing well enough to drive the very next day!
LASIK stands for laser assisted in-situ keratomeluesis, and uses the cool beam of the excimer laser to reshape the cornea in a matter of seconds. To begin the LASIK procedure, a few anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye. Next, an eyelid holder is used to gently hold the eyelids open during the procedure which keeps you from blinking. Then, a device called a microkeratome is used to create a thin flap (usually 130-160 microns) containing the outer layer of the cornea, called the epithelium. During the flap creation you may feel a little pressure and your vision will fade out for approximately 15 seconds.
After the flap is made, you will be instructed to stare at a blinking light, while Dr. Patel engages the cool beam laser (in most cases between 30-45 seconds). Dr. Patel will continue by repositioning the flap and administering antibiotic and steroid drops before the lid holder is removed (you will continue with those drops four times a day for seven days). You will be able to sit up and see better than prior to surgery, but vision will be moderately hazy. The haziness dissipates hourly, and by the next morning, you will be amazed at how well you can see.
How Safe Is LASIK?
Yes, there are risks associated with LASIK. Many risks are dependent on the characteristics of each individual such as age, occupation, occular health, etc. But some risks are surgeon skill dependent. A surgeon who has performed over 10,000 LASIK procedures and continues to perform LASIK weekly is able to identify good candidates and evolve with the advancing technology of today more so than a part-time LASIK surgeon who may do one to two patients a month.
LASIK risks are minimal with an experienced, proven surgeon using updated technology. Compare those risks to someone who relies on glasses to see everyday. How reliable are those glasses in a house fire or automobile accident? What happens if your child falls into a pool? Or what happens if you are ever in an altercation? These are real risks of wearing glasses that people either don't think about or don't make the connection until it's too late. People should be more afraid of having to rely on corrective lenses than having LASIK and being able to see with their own eyes.
We offer a free LASIK consultation to address every person's questions as it relates to his or her own personal characteristics. So call us toll free today @ 866-942-4001 and schedule your free LASIK consultation. Besides your glasses, what do you have to lose?
Many people wear glasses most of their lives, sometimes starting as early as 3 years old. They learn to live with glasses and their many limitations, not knowing or remembering what it is like to wake up in the morning and be able to see the alarm clock. Poor vision is a physical disability that is usually inherited. Many people choose glasses or contact lenses to correct this disability.. Fortunately, there is a surgical alternative called LASIK that can correct most causes of poor vision, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Glasses have been around since the 1200’s and before that early Egyptians held sheets of glass to help their vision. Glasses have made tremendous advances since that time, but most of the same flaws still exist today. Lenses often fog up in hot or cold temperatures. Nicks and scratches develop over time, distorting and hindering vision. The frames can bend or brake, and every time you replace your glasses, you are spending even more money on an inferior alternative to LASIK.
Glasses can also be very uncomfortable in many situations. They can move around on your face, slide up and down on your nose and will put your life at risk in any kind of emergency situation. For example, glasses are often thrust off a person’s head on impact during automobile accidents resulting in even more risk for drivers and passengers. The fact that many people still turn to wearing glass and metal on their face so that they may see properly, seems almost barbaric in this day and age. Imagine if you had a chance to have knee surgery to be able to walk or you could opt to forgoe surgery and use a wheelchair to get around. When you compare the visual freedom LASIK provides to that of wearing glasses, you'll realize there is no comparison.
If you wear contact lenses, you do so for the advantages they provide over wearing glasses. Contacts give you a full field of vision and don’t alter your appearance. Contact lenses make it easier for people to lead an active lifestyle.
Now, let’s compare wearing contacts to having LASIK. You may be surprised to learn that the frequency of contact lens complications greatly outnumber LASIK complications. Contact lens users suffer a much higher rate of infection than people who choose LASIK eye surgery. Contact lens wearers also are susceptible to corneal ulcers, neovascularization and other eye problems. LASIK does have risks, but the vast majority of complications associated with LASIK are minor and correctable.
LASIK can provide more comfort than contact lenses. Most people have temporary dryness issues for the first 3-6 months following their LASIK procedure, but most contact lens users also have dryness issues that eventually develop into contact lens intolerance. This discomfort leads to shorter wearing times and more irritability, until many people decide to stop using contacts all together.
Nationally, LASIK has an average cost of just over $2,200 per eye. Most contact lens wearers will spend over $10,000 on lenses, solutions, exams, etc. over their lifetime. LASIK actually is an investment in your vision that not only saves you money in the long run, but saves you time and gives you more visual freedom. Have you ever tried to open your eyes under water with contacts?
LASIK provides dependable vision. Contact lenses can move around or even pop out at anytime causing loss of vision. Some jobs are too risky for momentary vision loss that could result in major injuries or even loss of life. These days some Firefighting units, Police Squads, Military Special Forces units, and The Secret Service are now mandating new hires undergo LASIK or PRK before acceptance, realizing the true benefits of laser vision correction.