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LASIK

During LASIK the surgeon first applies anesthetic eye drops to numb the eye for surgery. A suction ring is applied to hold the eye steady and also confirms the pressure of the eye. The surgeon creates a flap in the cornea, this was formerly done with a balde, now with advnaced technology, our surgeons utilize a 100% blade-free laser.

The corneal flap is lifted up, and a "cool" laser beam gently reshapes the cornea for light to focus correctly on the retina. In less than 60 seconds, high-energy pulses from the excimer laser actually reshape the internal cornea with accuracy up to 0.25 microns, or 1/4000 of a millimeter. The flap is then smoothed over the treated area. This corneal flap serves as a natural bandage, which eliminates the discomfort associated with other types of refractive surgery, and expedites the healing process. The doctor will then watch the eye for five minutes to ensure proper healing. Because of the extraordinary bonding properties of the corneal tissue, stitches are not needed to keep the flap in place postoperatively. The procedure takes approximately 5 - 15 minutes, however you should plan to spend 1 ½ to 2 hours in the office for pre and post surgery prep time. Most LASIK patients see well the next day and may be able to resume most of their normal activities.

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Risks

LASIK is a surgical procedure conducted on the cornea part of the eye, and it is crucial that patients are well educated on the potential benefits and risks of this procedure. As with any type of surgery risks are involved. After your pre-operative evaluation you will have a good idea about the risks and what they imply to your specific situation. It is important to discuss any concerns with your surgeon and weigh the risks and potential benefits. Each patient's vision is different and different treatment options are available in order to give the best possible results. The only way to determine if LASIK is right for you is to come in and discuss your options with our LASIK Optometrist.

Click here for a review of the risks listed by the FDA. This surgery is not suitable for all patients individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.

SUMMARY OF SAFETY INFORMATION

Laser assisted *in-situ* keratomileusis (LASIK) can only be performed by a trained physician and is specified for reduction or elimination of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism as indicated within the product labeling. Laser refractive surgery is contraindicated for patients: a) with collagen vascular, autoimmune, or immunodeficiency diseases; b) who are pregnant or nursing women; c) with signs of keratoconus or abnormal corneal topography; d) who are taking one or both of the following medications: Isotretinoin (Accutane) and Amiodarone hydrochloride (Cordarone). Potential side effects to laser refractive surgery may include glare, dry eye, as well as other visual anomalies. LASIK requires creating a flap on the surface of the cornea, potential side effects may include flap related complications. Consult with your eye care professional and Patient Information Booklet regarding the potential risks and benefits for laser refractive surgery, results may vary for each individual patient.

*Restricted Device: U.S. Federal Law restricts this device to sale, distribution, and use by or on the order of a physician or other licensed eye care practitioner. U.S. Federal Law restricts the use of this device to practitioners who have been trained in its calibration and operation and who have experience in the surgical treatment and management of refractive errors.

Please call Lisa at 563-323-9999 or email lcochran@eyesurgeonspc.com, to schedule your free consultation or for additional information.