You may have heard of LASIK; the surgery that uses a laser device to improve vision. This procedure first became available in 1999 after passing stringent evaluation for FDA-approval. The LASIK technique was a significant improvement over early corneal procedures that were conducted entirely with surgical instruments. Since the development of LASIK, more than 10 million people have improved their vision with this procedure. Most of them have regained 20/20 vision or very close to that mark. Clearly, though LASIK has been around for two decades, it continues to be one of the safest and most effective methods of correcting refractive errors. In our office, we have expanded the benefits of laser eye surgery by utilizing iLasik.
Just what is this procedure and why would you want to have it?
iLASIK uses a laser to correct vision. It also utilizes computer data to customize treatment to the individual. This, in combination with a wavefront-guided blade-free laser, expands our capacity to treat the widest range of vision imperfections.
How iLasik is Performed
The iLasik procedure is comfortable thanks to the insertion of anesthetic eye drops. Patients can expect to feel slight pressure if anything at all while the laser shape the eye. Before beginning the corrective technique, a computer-guided laser measures the eye. The WaveScan technology produces a 3F image of the eye in which the slightest imperfection can be seen. The mapping of the eye is 25 times more detailed using WaveScan than with traditional measurements.
After obtaining measurements, an IntraLase laser is used to create a flap on the front of the cornea. Typically, this flap has been made with a blade. The IntraLase uses infrared light to create access for the second laser to reshape the cornea. This second laser, the Advanced CustomVue, takes the detailed vision profile obtained with the WaveScan technology and recreates the ideal corneal shape by administering short laser pulses to the middle surface of the cornea.
The entire iLasik procedure takes less than thirty minutes. However, patients can expect to be in the office from one to two hours. After the procedure, most patients encounter little to no pain. Slight light sensitivity may occur and is expected to decrease over the course of one to three days. Anesthetic eye drops may be prescribed to manage pain in the event that soreness does occur.
Schedule Your iLasik Consultation
Patients have reported excellent results and fewer visual apparitions, such as halos and glare, after iLasik surgery. Learn more about this procedure and how it can help you reduce or eliminate your need for eyeglasses. Schedule a consultation in our Winchester, VA office at 540.722.6200.
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