For over 25 years doctors placed incisions in the cornea to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. In the early 1980s they began looking at lasers to improve the precision and predictability of altering the shape of the cornea. Now in its second decade of use, the excimer laser has added a tremendous amount of precision, control and safety to the surgical correction of vision errors. Using this remarkable technology, the cornea is reshaped to conform to your glasses or contact lens prescription, thereby reducing or even eliminating a lifetime of dependence on corrective lenses for over a million people every year.
The surgeon we refer to, Robert Fabricant, M.D., F.A.C.S. at Pacific Eye Institute Laser Center, uses the Ladarvision® Excimer Laser System, the first approved tracker-guided, small spot laser system. Precision shaping of the cornea depends upon accurate placement of the laser beam. Even when you are unaware, your eyes are constantly making fine movements, many of which are beyond your control. Ladartracker uses laser and radar technology developed for NASA, to track the position of the eye 4,000 times per second, thereby maintaining accurate placement of the beam. Ladarvision's cool, small spot laser beam, less than 1 millimeter in diameter (about 1/144 the size of prior generations of excimer lasers) allows micron size reshaping of the cornea, offering precision previously unavailable to laser vision patients.
After your eye has been completely numbed using "eye drop" anesthesia, an eyelid holder will be placed between your eyelids to prevent you from blinking.
Next, an instrument known as a microkeratome makes a protective flap of cornea, which is gently folded back. During this process you may feel a little pressure and the microscope light will momentarily fade away.
Then you will be asked to look at a focusing light. At this point, the Ladartracker locks in the position of your eye, allowing you to relax while the small spot laser beam precisely reshapes your cornea in a matter of seconds.
Next, the protective flap is folded back into place where it bonds securely without the need for stitches. After Lasik, some patients report slight discomfort that usually goes away within twelve to twenty-four hours. Although post-operative results vary from patient to patient, most patients are able to pass a drivers license test without their glasses or contact lenses.
How It Works
Myopia (Nearsightedness) occurs when light rays are focused in front of the retina instead of directly on the retina. To treat nearsightedness, the cornea must be made flatter. This is accomplished by removing the tissue from the center of the cornea.
Hyperopia (Farsightedness) occurs when light rays are not bent enough to focus on the retina. To treat farsightedness, the central cornea must be made steeper. This is accomplished by directing the laser to remove tissue from around the central area of the cornea.
Astigmatism occurs when light rays are focused at more than one point on the retina. To treat astigmatism, the cornea must be made more spherical by directing the laser to remove tissue along the steeper meridian.
Ladarvision® uses a tracker guided small spot laser beam to assure the accuracy needed for maximum precision in reshaping the cornea.
Are You A Candidate For Lasik?
The Ideal Candidate
In general, the ideal candidate for Lasik is over 21 years of age and has healthy corneas. Candidates must not have had a significant increase in their prescription in the last 12 months. People with certain medical conditions or women who are pregnant may not be good candidates for Lasik.
The decision to have Lasik is an important one that ultimately, only you can make. It is important that you have realistic expectations and that your decision is based on facts, not hopes or misconceptions. The goal of Lasik is to reduce dependence on corrective lenses. Lasik does not always create 20/20 or even 20/40 vision. It can not correct a condition known as presbyopia, or aging of the eye. This normally occurs around age 40 and may require the use of reading glasses. In fact, people over 40 who have their distance vision improved with Lasik, may find they need reading glasses after the procedure. Contact Debra (laservision@WeHelpUC.com) to schedule an appointment so that we may provide you with additional information that will allow you to make an informed decision.
In The Blink Of An Eye
It takes only seconds to treat a lifetime of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Find out if you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure by Contacting Debra (laservision@WeHelpUC.com) to schedule a free personal consultation. Should your vision fall within the range for Lasik, more comprehensive tests may be necessary.
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Last update: 7 March, 2012
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