The Laser Vision Correction Experience
What Happens During LASIK Eye Surgery?
Imagine seeing clearly without contacts or glasses...
Although many patients seek out laser vision correction simply because they dislike wearing glasses, the treatment is more than a vision care cosmetic solution. The human eye becomes dryer as we age, making the use of contact lenses more uncomfortable. Certain types of employment require excellent vision without corrective devices. In other jobs, the use of glasses may be inconvenient. LASIK, laser eye surgery, offers the potential to reduce dependence on glasses and contact lenses or, in many cases, eliminate them all together. For those people who, for whatever reason, have never liked to wear corrective lenses of any kind, laser eye surgery is an exciting, safe and effective alternative.
LASIK Pre-Operative Evaluation
You will need a thorough exam from a LASIK surgeon who has advanced training in laser vision correction to determine if your vision can be improved by the treatment. At Fichman Eye Center, we offer a free consultation with no obligation. Our staff will answer your questions and let you know if laser vision correction is right for you. During the consultation, we will also discuss various LASIK technology. Because Fichman Eye Center is dedicated to the best and safest outcomes our center invests in the latest laser technology. We will explain bladeless Lasik using the Ziemer Crystal Line Femto Laser and the Nidek EC-5000.
Connecticut LASIK Eye surgery procedure (also known as Laser in-Situ keratomileusis)
The results of the patient’s pre-operative exam will determine the treatment parameters that are entered into the laser’s computer. The patient remains awake and pain free during the treatment. Prior to treatment, the patient is lead into the treatment room and positioned in a comfortable chair where anesthetic eye drops will be administered. Using the Ziemer Crystal Line Femto Laser, a corneal flap is created one eye at a time at less than a minute per eye. The corneal flap is then lifted, and using the Nidek EC-5000, a laser beam is applied to the exposed surface of the cornea to re-shape the tissue. The flap is then replaced over the treated area. This corneal flap serves as a natural bandage, which eliminates the discomfort associated with other types of refractive surgery, and expedites the healing process. Because of the extraordinary bonding properties of the corneal tissue, stitches are not needed to keep the flap in place post-operatively.
During 24-48 hours after treatment most patients will experience a sensation in the eye and/or some mild discomfort. Typically, the patient will notice improved vision in 3-5 days or sooner following the treatment. Vision may fluctuate over the next few weeks, but generally stabilizes within three months. Treatment follow up generally involves a visit to the doctor the next day, in one to two weeks, in one month, three months, and six months after surgery. Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops will be prescribed for one week after surgery. Yearly eye exams are highly recommended.
If you are interested in determining whether you are a candidate for LASIK eye surgery please be sure to click here to complete our LASIK self evaluation test. If you would like us to contact you, please fill out our contact form or call 1-877-FICHMAN. Once we receive your request a patient counselor will be in touch with you. At Fichman Eye Center we take great pride in offering many vision correction options. If you are not a candidate for LASIK, our LASIK surgeon will determine the best possible option and discuss the potential risks and benefits.
Tips for LASIK treatment day
- Dress causally and comfortably
- Avoid wearing eye makeup, perfume or cologne
- Bring a friend or family member who can accompany you through most of the process and drive you home
- Allow 1 ½ - 2 hours for treatment
- Do not wear contacts for the prescribed period of time prior to the procedure
Interesting things to know about LASIK eye surgery
The excimer laser was first developed in 1972. The excimer laser does not cut tissue like a scalpel; rather it ablates or vaporizes tissue from the corneal surface. The laser is able to precisely shape or sculpt the corneal tissue.
The first LASIK Surgery in the state of Connecticut was performed at the Fichman Eye Center in the mid 90’s.
Fichman Eye Center was first to perform LASIK Surgery using bladeless technology in the state of Connecticut.
Celebrities who have undergone Lasik surgery:
Jessica Simpson, Elton John, Nicole Kidman, Troy Aikman, Michael Bolton, Drew Carey, Lorenzo Lamas, Courtney Cox, John Tesh, Ozzy Osbourne, Steven Tyler, Rick Fox and Tiger Woods.