What is (LASIK) Laser Vision Correction?
LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a state of the art procedure in which an excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea to correct many types of refractive errors. Most individuals who are nearsighted, or have astigmatism, and many farsighted individuals, can have their vision corrected with LASIK. LASIK, together with PRK, is considered by nearly all experienced refractive surgeons in the world to be the procedure of choice in correcting vision errors.
What are the advantages of LASIK?
LASIK offers many advantages over other types of refractive surgery (such as RK) because it is performed under a protective layer covering the cornea. Because of this, people who have LASIK can expect faster recovery of vision, less postoperative discomfort and faster healing.
LASIK treats a high range of vision errors, and most individuals can have both eyes done on the same day, making it possible for them to return to work in a day or two.
How is the procedure performed?
The eye is numbed using anesthetic eye drops only. A device called a speculum helps you to keep your eye open to prevent blinking. Next, a protective corneal flap is created using either an instrument called a microkeratome or a femtosecond laser. The flap is gently folded back, and the reshaping of the cornea is done with the excimer laser. Following this, the flap is repositioned where it dries and bonds without stitches. Antibiotic drops are used for several days and you will be asked to sleep with a clear shield over your eye for the first five nights to protect the cornea.
What is the difference between standard LASIK and “blade-free” LASIK?
The creation of the corneal flap is the step performed during LASIK surgery that allows for quick visual recovery and healing. Traditionally, the corneal flap was created with a device called a microkeratome. This instrument uses an oscillating blade to create a precise flap of corneal tissue that can be lifted to allow re-shaping of the cornea in the deeper tissues. After the excimer laser has reshaped the cornea, the flap of corneal tissue is re-positioned, making the cornea surface healed almost instantaneously. Recently, a laser called a Femtosecond laser was developed that creates the corneal flap using a laser instead of a blade. The laser allows us to design flaps that are more stable after surgery and are even more precise then the microkeratome.
What sort of vision can I expect after LASIK?
The decision to have LASIK is an important and personal decision. Most patients are able to pass the vision requirement for driving without glasses after LASIK, and the overwhelming majority of patients see 20/20 to 20/40 following this procedure. However, it is important for you to have realistic expectations. Our goal is patient satisfaction, while maintaining the safety of your eyes.
Do your doctors offer the new Wavescan technology?
Our doctors offer the latest Wave scan laser vision correction using Visx’s CustomeVue technology. This technology produces a unique “fingerprint” measurement of your eye which is then used to correct your vision. For more information go to our CustomeVue page.
How experienced are your doctors in performing LASIK?
Dr. Bradley Kwapiszeski has been performing refractive surgery since 1998 and is considered to be one of the area’s leading ophthalmic surgeons. He performs state-of-the-art, blade-free, custom LASIK surgery using the AMO iFS intralase laser for creating blade-free flaps and the VisX S4 excimer laser with auto-centration, auto-tracking (to avoid movement complication,) and iris recognition software. To schedule an appointment for your free LASIK evaluation, call our Shawnee Mission office at 913-362-3210.