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Introduction to LASIK

The most popular refractive surgery in the United States is called LASIK. Clark Tait Eye Center uses the latest laser technology to give you the best possible outcome for your eyesight. LASIK surgery has been successful for millions of people who enjoy improved eyesight without the use of glasses or contacts.

Refractive surgery is the term used to describe surgical procedures that correct common vision problems. This surgery can reduce your dependence on corrective eye-wear.

Is LASIK right for me?

Our patients often ask this question. The truth is, every person is unique. You can take our free online screening test to help determine if LASIK could be right for you. We also recommend you come in for a consultation to discuss your LASIK options with our experienced staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a candidate for LASIK ?

Every person is unique, so the best way to answer that is to come in for a consultation. In general you may be a candidate if you have mild to high myopia (nearsightedness),  mild to moderate hyperopia (farsightedness), and/or astigmatism. You must be at least 18 years old, have a stable eye prescription, and your eyes must be free of disease.

Is LASIK Surgery safe?

The success rate for LASIK is very high, with over 99% of cases resulting in no serious complications. In a 2009 study, over 95% of LASIK patients surveyed reported satisfaction with their outcome. As with any surgery there are risks, and we will advise you during your consultation.

Does LASIK work?

According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, over 90% of patients have 20/20 vision after the procedure, and over 96% report being satisfied with their outcomes (Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, Vol. 42, Issue 8, August 2016, Pages 1224-1234).

LASIK does not stop the natural aging of the eye, but it is highly effective at correcting vision.

How long does LASIK surgery take?

The procedure takes under 10 minutes per eye, and both eyes can be done the same day. While complete healing can take up to 6 weeks, you can expect marked improvement in your vision immediately and can resume normal activities after 24 hours.

We generally do followup exams one day, two weeks, and two months post procedure. After that regular annual exams are recommended.

Is LASIK surgery painful?

We use freezing drops of Valium to help the patient relax, and the laser procedure is painless. You may experience mild discomfort in the few hours after surgery, but LASIK surgery is about as pain-free as surgery can be.

THE PROCEDURE

LASIK is performed as an outpatient procedure and usually takes less than 10 minutes per eye. We will administer a relaxing agent (frozen Valium drops) if necessary, then a topical anesthetic in the form of eyedrops. A lid holder is placed on the eye to keep it from blinking, and you are asked to look at a blinking red light to help minimize movement.

The surgeon creates a flap in the cornea with a laser or a blade called a microkeratome. At Clark Tait Eye Center we use both options depending on the patient. The flap is lifted to the side and the laser is used to remove a layer of corneal tissue, which permanently reshapes the cornea. An infared laser is used to track your eye and allow for small, natural movements. If the eye moves too much the laser will automatically shut off so the surgeon can help you re-position. The flap is then folded back to its normal position and sealed without sutures.

The procedure is painless and recovery does not usually involve any significant pain. Some patients experience mild discomfort in the form of redness or itching. If necessary there are eye drops that can help, but the discomfort usually subsides within 24 hours. You can return to normal activities the next day.

Refractive surgery is the term used to describe surgical procedures that correct common vision problems. This surgery can reduce your dependence on corrective eye-wear.

OUR EQUIPMENT

Zyoptix Diagnostic Workstation

Technolas 217z Excimer Laser

Zyoptix Diagnostic Workstation

Our ZYOPTIX Diagnostic Workstation provides the most sophisticated diagnostics for evaluating LASIK patients. This technology determines the most accurate, safe, and efficient treatment and communicates smoothly with the laser itself.

The Workstation combines two technologies: the Orbscan II Topographer and the Zywave Wavefront Analyzer. The Orbscan measures the cornea and determines the corrections needed. The Zywave looks at the aberrations in the eye and examines the pupil and iris. These technologies work together to give the best possible treatment plan.

Technolas 217z Excimer Laser

The laser uses a new iris recognition tracking system known as Advanced Control Eyetracking or ACE. Active iris recognition tracking allows the laser system to positively identify the exact orientation of the eye throughout the entire procedure. Since subtle eye movements are common during LASIK treatment this unique technology ensures the intended treatment precisely matches the eyes prescription.

Both our diagnostic workstation and our excimer laser are state of the art and combine to provide the best possible outcomes when you choose us for LASIK.

Learn more about common eye problems and treatments from our helpful video collection.