Refractive Surgery

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DITCH YOUR GLASSES AND CONTACTS

Nearsighted. Farsighted. Astigmatism. Presbyopia. These are the most common forms of refractive errors. Today’s innovative and quick surgical procedures can reduce or even eliminate your dependence on glasses or contacts. Every year, Sabates Eye Centers performs thousands of refractive procedures at the EPIC Surgery Center using state-of-the-art laser technology. 

What to Expect the Day of Your Laser Refractive Surgery

Most LASIK and PRK procedures can be completed in about 5 to 10 minutes and are nearly painless. Patients are often amazed at the ease and speed of the procedure, as well as the rapid visual recovery LASIK is notorious for achieving. Before the surgery, you are offered a small dose of Valium and the eyes are numbed with anesthetic drops.

 

Next, you are taken into the laser vision correction room. You will be gently reclined on your back; your eyelids carefully disinfected, cleaned and draped. In order to prevent your eyelids from closing during your procedure, a small eyelid holder will be inserted between your eyelids to keep them open throughout the procedure.

 

You’ll practice with your surgeon looking straight ahead at a small red target located underneath the laser itself for fixation. The eye not having surgery will also be taped shut during your procedure, to allow your operative eye to correctly view the assigned fixation target.

  • Laser refractive surgery for kids.

    FOR THE KIDS

    Refractive surgery can make the two eyes more even if a child has one nearsighted or farsighted eye and one relatively normal eye. 

  • LASIK surgery typically takes less than 15 minutes to perform.

    How the Eye Works

  • Refractive eye surgery specialist Dr. Timothy A. Walline - Sabates Eye Centers.

    REFRACTIVE SURGERY SPECIALIST

    Dr. Timothy A. Walline, M.D. – Dr. Walline sees patients at the Independence, Leawood and Warrensburg Eye Centers, plus at the Truman Medical Center - University Health and Lakewood.

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LASIK AND PRK SURGERY

LASIK Surgery

 

LASIK patients first notice the vacuum ring, which serves to elevate eye pressure so as to allow creation of an optically desirable flap. Within seconds after applying the ring, your vision will go to total darkness while a microkeratome is used to create the desired flap. The flap is hinged and gently folded back over the hinge to expose the corneal tissue underneath it (called the “bed”).

 

The specialized eye-tracking VISX excimer laser is used to reshape the corneal surface and restore vision in the process. This treatment takes variable times, depending on the extent of your eyeglass prescription, varying from seconds to a little over a minute. There is a popping sound and a bit of an odor to the laser as it reshapes the eye surface. This is all normal.

 

PRK Surgery

 

For eyes undergoing PRK procedures, there is no flap created. These eyes require the addition of a bandage contact lens (comfort contact lens, with no refractive power in it). Your surgeon will examine your eyes following your surgery either before you leave the surgery center or by the next day to check your vision and your flap positioning. 

 

After Your Laser Refractive Surgery

After the LASIK laser treatment is completed, the corneal flap is gently reflected back into its original position and carefully realigned and smoothed into place. The interface is irrigated and the surface briefly air-dried to better secure its position. The lid holder is then carefully removed and a series of eye drops are instilled that include antibiotics, steroids, and anti-inflammatory properties. Clear bubble safety shields are placed over each eye for protection against accidental rubbing. If your second eye is being treated the same day, then a completely different set of instruments and surgical gloves is used.

 

For both surgeries, you will be given verbal and written instructions and a supply of eye drops (artificial tears and antibiotic drops) to use over the next several days. Additional out-of-pocket costs include the purchase of additional artificial tears, and occasionally steroid eye drops that aid in healing of the eye.

 

You must have a driver take you home from the surgery center. You will NOT be permitted to drive home under any circumstances.