Have you been considering LASIK Laser Vision Correction? Well, there is no better time than now to find out if you are a candidate! In fact, if you have been previously told that you are not a candidate for LASIK, you now could be! This is because of the combination of two of the latest Laser Vision Correction technologies….CustomVue and IntraLase = iLASIK!

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is an outpatient refractive surgery procedure used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

With the LASIK procedure, your surgeon creates a thin flap in the cornea using a laser. The surgeon then folds back the flap and precisely removes a very specific amount of corneal tissue under the flap using a laser. The flap is then carefully laid back into its original position where it heals in place. The procedure can be performed on both eyes the same day.

LASIK Surgery Diagram

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Am I a Candidate for LASIK?

You may be a LASIK candidate if you meet these characteristics:
LASIK Candidate

  • You have a want to decrease your need for glasses or contacts
  • You do not have any eye diseases
  • You have an understanding of the risks and potential side of effects of LASIK
  • You understand that you could still need glasses or contacts after the procedure to achieve your best vision
  • You have an appropriate refractive error

Depending on your level of refractive error and some corneal factors, LASIK may not be possible for you. However, there are alternative refractive surgery options that may allow you to have the vision you desire.

It is important that anyone considering LASIK have realistic expectations. Most patients have a resulting vision somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40 without glasses or contacts. You should also be comfortable with the possibility that you may need a second surgery (called an 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.

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