Laser vision correction has proven to be one of the scientific miracles of our time. Though laser eye surgery has been performed successfully for many years, major breakthroughs continue to bring improved results and significantly reduced recovery times. Today, the state-of-the-art in laser vision correction is Lasik, a refractive surgery procedure that has produced astounding results in the treatment of a wide array of vision disorders.
Lasik eliminates the less desirable effects of traditional laser surgery by avoiding direct
contact with sensitive corneal tissue. The Lasik surgeon creates a single flap that enables
access to the deeper, less reactive layers of the cornea, while keeping the tissue in the flap
intact. Once this layer is reached, the surgeon uses a concentrated beam of ultraviolet light to
precisely reshape the cornea for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and, in some
cases, and astigmatism.
Since 1991, Dr. Gross and staff have performed over 2000 refractive surgeries, successfully restoring
vision to 20/40 or better in more than 98% of our patients. In fact most of our patients have achieved 20/20 vision with the new Lasik technology.
Here's what some of them have to say:
"Wow! It's truly amazing what a gifted and caring surgeon can accomplish with a little help from modern technology. My eyes feel terrific - as if I was born with 20/20 vision and the past twenty-eight years of wearing glasses and contacts never happened!" Beth Boklan
"It is a miracle I don't have to wear glasses and contacts anymore...all because of you! Thank you for your gentleness and kindness before, during, and after my surgery. I will recommend you to anyone!" Cynthia Callon
"Thank you so much for your help and support with my decision to have Lasik. I'm amazed everyday at how much I can see now! When anyone who asks me about it, I tell them to go see you!" Melissa Campisi
Lasik is used to treat patients whose eyes are generally healthy with no retinal problems, corneal scars, or eye disease. Candidates are carefully screened, selected, and prepared to ensure optimum results. The painless, two-step procedure takes approximately ten minutes and the initial healing period is roughly one week.
Here's how it works
- The first step of the Lasik procedure is to fold back a thin protective layer of the cornea using an automated device called a microkeratome.
- After a flap has been created and folded back, we treat underneath the flap with the laser to reshape the cornea.
- Next, the flap is placed back in its original position, where it adheres without sutures and heals within a couple of hours.
New Safety with Lasik
The step of the LASIK procedure which requires the most skill is the creation of the flap. This is performed using a device called a Hansatome (microkeratome). The flap incision is made in a down / up direction rather than side- to-side, creating a superior hinge and enabling gravitational force to aid healing without sutures.
The key to producing a perfect flap is to place a suction ring on the eye with a pivotal pin that allows the microkeratome blade assembly to ride on the gears in a down/up direction. This ring has revolutionized the procedure and allows even beginning surgeons to master the technique quickly and safely.
The Hansatome is automatically advanced on the track by a computer-motorized mechanism. For added safety, in the unlikely event that suction fails and the ring becomes unstable, the Hansatome will automatically stop and can be reversed to back off the eye. This feature makes the Hansatome the safest microkeratome available today.
Next, the flap is lifted and placed out of the way of the laser beam.
After the laser treatment, the flap is placed back and lightly wiped into place. Within minutes, hydrostatic action causes the flap to adhere to its original position. The natural function of blinking and sleeping reinforces this position. Because of the large hinge and the type of flap produced by this instrument, no sutures are necessary.
The other major breakthrough, adding to the safety margin of Lasik today is the use of tracking lasers. This space age technology keeps the laser pin point steady as it works on the cornea neutralizing any micro movements the patients eye may make.
What To Expect After Lasik Surgery
Lasik is a quick, painless procedure that requires only a small amount of anesthetic. Though vision may be foggy immediately following the procedure, it will clear rapidly. Within a few hours, most patients have functional vision and do not experience any pain or significant discomfort. By the following morning, vision should be quite clear, allowing the patient to function normally, and, over the next few weeks, vision will continue to clear approximately another 10%. Don't be surprised if you wake up some mornings forgetting that you are not wearing your contacts!
If your eyes feel dry after surgery, you can relieve the discomfort with artificial tears. And, if you experience mild glare or halo effects at night, do not be alarmed. This will usually fade over time.
Middle age to older patients may still require reading glasses after surgery, but should experience
a significant overall improvement.
Says Dr. Gross: "With outstanding results and a safety margin never seen before, I believe Lasik is the procedure of choice for those who undergo laser vision correction. I've really been quite impressed!"