LASIK in Rochester
LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) is a safe, reliable and painless way to improve vision and reduce or eliminate the need to wear glasses or contact lenses. LASIK eye surgery changes the way light is bent, or refracted, as it passes through the cornea so that it focuses properly on the retina and objects can be seen clearly.
During the procedure, a femtosecond laser creates a thin flap in the surface of the cornea. The flap is then lifted and an excimer laser beam reshapes the cornea’s curvature customized to your eye and your eyes’ irregularities to improve your vision. The flap is then repositioned and the healing begins immediately.
The entire procedure takes only 15-30 minutes for the entire procedure, and patients are often ready to leave within an hour or two. The eye heals on its own within a few days.
Generally, you will be able to return to work after LASIK eye surgery within a day or two, as long as your work environment is clean and safe. It is best to use artificial tears for at least a few weeks to lessen the dangers of dry eye after laser eye surgery. All questions pertaining to your pre- and post-LASIK surgery procedure will be answered at your LASIK consultation at Cornerstone Eye Associates.
Some common complaints after surgery include light sensitivity, glare or halos in dim lighting, and dry eyes. These are typically temporary and will subside within a few weeks. Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops will be prescribed along with artificial tears to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable.
Three Steps Of LASIK Eye Surgery
The corneal flap is created and lifted
An excimer laser reshapes the corneaSTEP THREE
The flap is replaced
What is the difference between LASIK and PRK?
In LASIK, the first step is to create a corneal flap using a laser. Next, the laser is used to reshape the cornea underneath the flap and it is gently replaced. This flap acts as a protective bandage to aid in the healing. With PRK, no flap is created and instead, a small layer is removed and the laser is used to directly treat the front surface of the eye. The goal for both procedures is to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. During your consultation, our doctors will discuss which procedure is the best fit for you as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each procedure which may vary depending on the individual.
Alternative Options to LASIK
Fortunately, you came to the right place. Cornerstone Eye Associates in Rochester is more than just a LASIK center, we are also a comprehensive advanced surgical ophthalmology practice. If LASIK isn’t the best procedure to help you achieve your visual goals, we have many other options available including KAMRA and Raindrop Near Vision Inlays, Refractive Lens Exchange, ICL and more. We will discuss which procedure is best for you during your free consultation. If you are ready to begin your journey for clearer vision then contact us today to begin scheduling your LASIK consultation in Rochester.