LASIK Evaluation and Treatment
For greater independence from glasses and contacts, many people wonder if LASIK or other vision correcting surgery might be an option.
In order to find out, our LASIK evaluation starts with a thorough eye exam and a series of tests that help determine whether or not the eyes are good candidates for vision correction surgery. Once it is determined that the eyes are indeed good candidates for surgery, Dr. Dvorak will confer with you to determine which procedure is best for you, such as Laser LASIK, Conventional LASIK, or PRK.
After the best type of laser correction is identified, patients are then scheduled for surgery, which ultimately entails the precise process of reshaping the cornea to correct myopia, hyperopia, and/or astigmatism.
Dr. Dvorak was one of the first residents trained in LASIK as part of his residency training. He has been performing LASIK since 1999. His experience, skill and talent will go to work for you to achieve your best possible outcome.
LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis) is an outpatient refractive surgery procedure used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. A laser is used to reshape the cornea—the clear, round dome at the front of the eye—to improve the way the eye focuses light rays onto the retina at the back of the eye.
With LASIK, an ophthalmologist creates a thin flap in the cornea using either a blade or a laser. The surgeon folds back the flap and precisely removes a very specific amount of corneal tissue under the flap using an excimer laser. The flap is then laid back into its original position where it heals in place.
For people who are nearsighted, LASIK is used to flatten a cornea that is too steep. Farsighted people will have LASIK to achieve a steeper cornea. LASIK can also correct astigmatism by shaping an irregular cornea into a more normal shape.
It is important that anyone considering LASIK have realistic expectations. LASIK allows people to perform most of their everyday tasks without corrective lenses. However, people looking for perfect vision without glasses or contacts run the risk of being disappointed. More than 90 percent of people who have LASIK achieve somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40 vision without glasses or contact lenses. If sharp, detailed 20/20 vision is essential for your job or leisure activities, consider whether 20/40 vision would be good enough for you.
You should be comfortable with the possibility that you may need a second surgery (called a retreatment or enhancement) or that you might need to wear glasses for certain activities, such as reading or driving at night. Also, you should be aware that LASIK cannot correct presbyopia, the age-related loss of close-up focusing power.
If you're interested in LASIK and want to find out if it's a good fit for your eyes, schedule an appointment here at Dvorak Eye Clinic. Dr. Dvorak will be happy to answer any questions you may have.