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iLASIK FAQ’s

What exactly is LASIK?

LASIK, or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is a two-step surgery in which a thin layer of the cornea is lifted and the inner cornea is sculpted to correct its shape and allow for better vision.

What is IntraLase®?

IntraLase is the first step of LASIK surgery at Eye Surgical Associates. In this procedure, a laser forms the corneal flap, creating a much cleaner edge than is possible with a blade. The process is completely computer-driven, reducing the risk of human error.

What is Advanced CustomVue™?

Advanced CustomVue is the second step of LASIK surgery at Eye Surgical Associates. This procedure utilizes WaveScan™ technology to measure the imperfections in the eye with a level of precision that’s 25 times that of standard methods. Surgeons then use the data to create a blueprint of the eye that’s as unique as a fingerprint, allowing for custom vision correction. The process is completely computer-driven, reducing the risk of human error.

Does LASIK help all kinds of vision problems?
LASIK surgery can correct any type of refractive error. People with most cases of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism will all benefit from LASIK.

Can I get LASIK?

If you’re at least 21 years old, in general good health with no eye diseases, and you have a stable vision prescription, then yes!

If I can’t get LASIK, are there alternatives?

Yes, you can elect to have Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA), refractive lensectomy or Phakic intraocular lens implants if you suffer from extremely severe refractive errors.

What is the difference between LASIK and Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA)?

Both surgeries use a laser to reshape the cornea. However, ASA does not require the creation of a corneal flap. As a result, the procedure requires less instrumentation but a longer healing period.

Is LASIK safe?

LASIK surgery is extremely safe. About 32 million LASIK procedures have been performed to date, making it the most common elective vision procedure in the United States. All branches of the U.S. military and NASA have approved LASIK surgery for their service people.

Is LASIK effective?

At Eye Surgical Associates, surgeons use computer-operated lasers instead of blades to perform all LASIK surgeries. This method eliminates the risk of human error. Outcomes may vary, but 98 percent of nearsighted patients participating in the Advanced CustomVue™ FDA Clinical Trials could see 20/20 or better one year after treatment.

Does LASIK hurt?

LASIK surgery is relatively painless. Anesthetic drops numb your eyes, so all you feel is slight pressure. You will remain awake and comfortably reclined throughout the procedure. You may choose to receive medication to help you relax. Some patients experience slight discomfort in the 12 to 24 hours following the treatment, but medication is available to alleviate this possibility.

How much time does LASIK surgery take?

Typically, both eyes are treated during the same visit, and it takes less than 10 minutes per eye. You will need to schedule pre- and post-op exams, but these are generally short visits and are essential for your health.

How much does LASIK cost?

When you consider how much you might spend on contacts and eyeglasses for the rest of your life, LASIK surgery is clearly a more cost-effective vision solution. Eye Surgical Associates offers a range of pricing and financing options designed to make LASIK affordable for everyone.

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