The Sabates Eye Centers Approach to LASIK
Ask someone on the street to name an eye surgery procedure, and chances are good they’ll think of this one. Because for nearly 25 years, LASIK has helped millions of people say goodbye to their glasses and contacts. LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is a form of laser vision correction surgery used to fix refractive errors in the eye, such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia.
How it Works
LASIK allows an ophthalmologist to treat the tiny affected areas within your cornea, the clear covering over the iris, pupil and anterior chamber. The VISX excimer laser produces a specialized beam of cool ultraviolet light that removes the tissue causing the refractive problem. First, the surgeon uses a special microkeratome instrument to cut a small “flap” of corneal tissue, which is folded back to allow the laser to do its work. Afterward, the flap is gently placed back to its original position and secured with an adhesive fluid.
The excimer laser light does not penetrate the eye and leaves surrounding eye structures (iris, lens, retina) undisturbed. Thanks to the rapid recovery of vision for most LASIK patients, it’s usually possible to safely treat both eyes on the same day.
Do You Qualify for LASIK Surgery?
If you’re between 18 and 65, there’s a good chance you do. The ideal age is between 21 and 60, because younger eyes may still be developing and older ones may have the presence of cataracts, two factors that usually rule out LASIK. Another is eyes that are too flat, too steep or too thin for the procedure to work properly.
That’s the improvement most of our LASIK patients experience as soon as they leave the operating room. (Additional improvement normally occurs, but response level and time frames vary.)
WHAT KIND OF VISION CAN I EXPECT THE DAY AFTER LASIK?
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Dr. Timothy Walline, M.D. - Dr. Walline sees patients at the Independence, Leawood, Prairie Village and Warrensburg Eye Centers, plus Truman Medical Center – Hospital Hill.
LASIK may be a good option if you…
- Want to decrease your dependency on glasses or contacts
- Have a suitable refractive error
- Are free of eye diseases
Why Sabates Eye Centers for LASIK?
LASIK is quick, safe, painless and can be incredibly effective. But not always. And it isn’t for everyone. A free consultation exam with a Sabates Eye Centers ophthalmologist will determine if it’s right for your situation and goals. You’ll walk away knowing all the potential benefits and risks, along with realistic expectations for both the process and the results. And, the doctor you meet with is always the surgeon who performs your LASIK procedure.