LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
Bladeless LASIK is the most common type of vision correction surgery that we perform at Matossian Eye Associates. LASIK Eye Surgery is a method of corneal laser eye surgery that we can use to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism with a quick visual recovery and minimal discomfort. LASIK Surgery is a type of laser eye surgery called “lamellar eye surgery” because it is performed between the layers of corneal tissue. This is accomplished by creating a very thin flap of corneal tissue that can be lifted and the laser energy applied, followed by returning of the flap to its original position without the need for stitches.
At Matossian Eye Associates, we provide LASIK Surgery using an advanced procedure called Bladeless or Blade Free All Laser LASIK during which the LASIK “flap” is created using a femtosecond laser. Our corneal specialists’ training, experience and expertise in performing corneal surgery such as LASIK, offers patients an added sense of confidence in the safety, efficacy and predictability of having LASIK at Matossian Eye Associates.
What to Expect During Your LASIK Procedure
To perform Bladeless LASIK we use a three step process:
- During the first step, a “flap” is created with a femtosecond laser so that your LASIK Surgery will actually be done as a Bladeless All Laser LASIK procedure.
- During the first step, we carefully fold the “flap” over and allow the inner layer of the cornea to be visible so that the laser energy can be applied. The actual application of the Excimer Laser can take from 2-15 seconds depending on the amount of correction that you require.
- During the third or final step, we will carefully replace the “flap” into its original position and allow it to adhere in position. The LASIK flap is remarkable in that it achieves its position without requiring the use of sutures or stitches.
What to Expect After Your LASIK Procedure
LASIK permits the healing and visual recovery process to be quick and predictable for most patients. For a few days after your LASIK Eye Surgery, you will need to be careful not to rub or bump your eyes. It is expected that you will have a mild “sandy” or “gritty” sensation during the first day or so after your LASIK surgery. We will give you complete instructions regarding eye drops and medications to use to help the healing and visual recovery process.
YOU NEED TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
It is important that require for all scheduled follow-up visits to check the healing process, regardless of how well you think you are doing. Most LASIK patients at Matossian Eye Associates are able to pass the New Jersey Motor Vehicles Eye Test (NJMVT without eyeglasses or contacts within a day or so after their LASIK Surgery.
You should feel free to discuss any fears, concerns, questions or thoughts about LASIK or any corneal laser eye surgery with our surgeons or the staff. Our staff is available to answer any questions or to address any needs you may have regarding Laser Vision Correction at Matossian Eye Associates. We will be pleased to spend whatever time is necessary to review any information about the LASIK procedure, what to expect on LASIK surgery day, follow-up care, fees and affordable “no money down” easy monthly payment plans that will fit into your budget.
About PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)
PRK has been performed in the United States since 1995 and as such has withstood the test of time in terms of safety, efficacy and predictability. PRK has advanced in overall patient comfort and visual recovery as compared to the PRK procedures performed in 1995. Laser technology as well the availability of newer treatment medications make PRK of today an excellent choice for many patients. The PRK procedure is somewhat similar to LASIK in that a laser is used to reshape the cornea in order to correct your vision. The key difference between PRK and LASIK is that no “flap” is created during PRK. Instead, the laser is used to produce your optical correction by reshaping the outermost surface of the cornea, rather than under a flap, as in LASIK. PRK requires the removal of a thin layer of the corneal epithelium, which may produce varying degrees of temporary discomfort for up to a few days after your treatment.
With PRK, we will often prescribe additional medications and a thin, soft bandage contact lens to make you more comfortable for a few days after your treatment. Despite a longer healing time, PRK is the preferred procedure for some patients. PRK is recommended for those patients: 1) whose corneas are too thin to have LASIK safely, 2) whose corneas display evidence of scarring from infection or trauma, or 3) some active or reserve military personnel with special assignments.