Laser Vision Correction (LASIK)

LASIK, Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, procedures use the excimer laser to treat low to high degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The excimer laser produces a “cool” ultra-violet light that does not cut or burn tissue. An advanced computer guides the laser to reshape the eye’s cornea, producing a sharper image on the retina. The first laser vision correction procedure was in Berlin in 1987. Since its introduction in 1988, the excimer laser has been used to improve the vision of more than 32 million people worldwide.

Technology

LASIK involves surgically lifting a small flap of the cornea and gently applying the excimer laser on the exposed cornea. The Visx S4 laser is capable of reshaping the surface of the eye by removing tissue as accurately as one cell layer at a time. Our laser is the most advanced and trusted in the world. Some of the new technologies include a tracking system, enlarged optical zones, wavefront technology and iris registration. The tracking system assures that the laser beam is perfectly centered every time, even if you move your eye or look away. The larger optical zones reduce the risk of glare and provide overall better visual quality.

Painless Procedure

The LASIK procedure itself is painless and takes only 10 minutes per eye. No needles are used. Patients are given a mild oral sedative and eye drops to numb the eye. Patients may experience some foreign body sensation on the day of the procedure as the cornea begins to heal, but this usually resolves by the following morning. The next day the patient usually returns to normal activities, including driving.
Normal Healing Process

Following LASIK, the healing process is very rapid. We recommend our patients wear protective eyewear, during contact-related activities, for one month. Eye rubbing should also be avoided for several months. In most cases, the eyes look normal and feel fine the first day after LASIK is performed.

Few Side Effects

All surgical procedures have risks and LASIK is no exception. You can definitely reduce your risks by choosing the right surgeon and following the recommendations. The term “loss of vision” does not mean blindness. Loss of vision means that an eye cannot see as well as it did before, even with the use of eyeglasses. Loss of vision can be severe or very slight. The national risk for loss of any vision from the LASIK procedure is less than 1%. Possible complications include halos at night, double vision, over-correction, under-correction, infection and scarring.

Excellent Results

Like any surgical procedure, results vary from patient to patient. However, 98-99 percent of patients obtain 20/20 for distance.

Why Should I Have a Vision Correction Procedure Performed?

Vision correction procedures are for people who suffer from blurred vision in the distance without correction and want to have the freedom of no longer having to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to see clearly.

Is Vision Correction Surgery Performed on an Outpatient Basis, or am I Admitted to a Hospital?

Vision correction surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure usually takes no more than 30 minutes for both eyes and your appointment typically lasts no more than two hours.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From a Vision Correction Procedure?

The majority of patients notice significantly improved vision the first day after surgery. Most people resume normal activities within 1–2 days.

Are the Procedures Painful?

Very few people experience discomfort during the procedures. Following LASIK most people feel mild burning for several hours afterwards. Most people resume normal or near normal activity the following day.

Who is the Ideal Candidate for Vision Correction Surgery?

The ideal candidate for vision correction surgery is 21 years of age or older with healthy eyes, stable vision, and wants to be free from glasses or contact lenses.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Vision Correction Surgery?

The ideal candidate for vision correction surgery is 21 years of age or older with healthy eyes, stable vision, and wants to be free from glasses or contact lenses.

Are There Any Risks Involved in Vision Correction Procedures?

As with any surgical procedure, there are certain potential risks and complications with vision correction procedures. The risk of a complication is less than 1% with vision loss occurring in approximately 0.1% (one in one thousand). We have not had a single case of severe vision loss or blindness. Dr. Kuczynski is always happy to discuss with you the potential risks and any other concerns you may have in detail.

What Kind of Success Rate Has Been Achieved Through Vision Correction Surgery?

The overall results of vision correction surgery have been nothing short of excellent, with more than 99% of our patients satisfied with their results.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From LASIK?

The majority of patients notice significantly improved vision the first day after surgery. Most people resume normal activities within 1–2 days.