LASIK is a laser vision correction procedure that can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, and can reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. LASIK surgery is considered to be a safe, accurate, and permanent procedure.
Your First Step Towards Freedom from Glasses and Contacts
You’ll begin your LASIK experience with a free consultation. After some preliminary eye tests and evaluations, you’ll meet with Dr. Kenneth Miselis, our LASIK Surgeon. Dr. Miselis will get to know you, your eyes, your health, and determine if you are a candidate for LASIK. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for our office, the staff, and your surgeon. Afterwards, you’ll meet with our LASIK Surgery Counselor, who will further discuss the treatment, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you decide to schedule LASIK, your LASIK Surgery Counselor will be available to you from start to finish.
What is High Definition Custom LASIK?
High Definition Custom LASIK begins with creating an individualized treatment plan for every patient. We use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to examine your eyes and obtain highly accurate measurements that ensure very precise surgical outcomes.
Each patient’s cornea is different from all others. During the pre-op exam, we perform a test that scans the front of the eye and generates a 3D model of the cornea and the lens. Through advances in wavefront technology, Dr. Miselis will be able to identify and treat tiny visual imperfections called higher-order aberrations that are unique to each individual eye. We are able to zero in on these microscopic imperfections that can be corrected with LASIK but cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. That is why High Definition Custom LASIK at Heritage Eye, Skin & Laser Center is truly a customized and much more effective LASIK treatment.
What is it Like to Have LASIK?
LASIK is a very quick and painless procedure. Before the procedure, you’re given medication to help you relax. Numbing eye drops are applied to your eyes to prevent any discomfort during the procedure.
The actual laser portion of the treatment only takes 20-50 seconds. The LASIK procedure is a two-step process. In the first step, Dr. Miselis creates a small hinged flap on the cornea. In the second step, the flap is folded back and the cornea is reshaped so that it can focus light more precisely and evenly to produce crisp, sharp vision. The flap is then closed so it can heal. The laser portion of the procedure is painless, although you may feel some pressure on your eye.
Candidates for LASIK
Over 94% of the eligible population are good candidates for LASIK. A good candidate for LASIK is someone who is over 18 with a prescription that has remained stable for at least a year. It is also important to have sufficiently thick corneas to accommodate the procedure. If your cornea is too thin or you have corneal scarring, there may be other vision rejuvenation procedures with different requirements.
There are certain conditions and factors which can increase your risk of an undesirable outcome or limit optimal LASIK results. These include:
- Chronic dry eyes
- Too thin or irregular corneas
- Large pupils
- High refractive error
- Women who are pregnant or nursing
- Unstable vision
- If you have certain degenerative or active autoimmune disorders
Custom LASIK Recovery and Results
Most patients experience better vision almost immediately after having High Definition Custom LASIK – which continues to improve over the next few months as the eyes stabilize.
You will need a ride home after the procedure, as you will not be able to drive. It is important to wear protective eye shields while sleeping for a couple of weeks after the procedure to protect the eyes while they heal.
It is also important to use anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops, and to keep the eyes well moisturized.
Ultimately, the majority of our patients achieve 20/20 vision or better with our High Definition Custom LASIK procedure. In addition, the procedure frequently produces an improvement in overall visual clarity when compared with glasses and contacts.
If you would like a LASIK Consultation, please call our office at 209.465.5933 or call our LASIK Department directly at 209.932.0220.