What is Refractive Surgery?

Refractive surgery is designed to improve your vision and provide freedom from glasses and contact lenses. Most vision correction procedures reshape your cornea, the clear, round dome at the front of your eye, while others replace the natural lens in your eye.

Since nearly three-quarters of the U.S. population requires some form of vision correction, refractive surgery can be an excellent option in helping achieve clear sight.

What is LASIK?

LASIK (Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis) reshapes the cornea to enhance your vision and eliminate the need for glasses or contacts. LASIK treats nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia or presbyopia), and astigmatism. Our patients experience dramatically improved vision within 12-24 hours of the procedure and are able to resume most normal activities within 1-2 days.

LASIK can help if you have a treatable refractive error, such as myopia (nearsighted), hyperopia (farsighted), astigmatism, or presbyopia.

Bladeless Surgery

The most advanced technology with unparalleled precision

During bladeless LASIK, a laser is used to create a thin, precise flap in the cornea. This method has significantly increased accuracy and reduced the risk of complications from microkeratome blades used in the past.

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Am I a Candidate for LASIK?

With recent advances in technology, more and more people are prime candidates for laser eye surgery. Here are the characteristics of LASIK patients we take on:

  • 18 years or older
  • Stable vision for at least one year (same prescription)
  • Healthy cornea based on pre-operative screening
  • Lack of eye diseases that may affect healing after surgery
  • Understanding of risks and benefits of LASIK or other refractive surgery

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Resource: LASIK Eye Surgery – A Comprehensive Guide

 

What if I am not a Candidate for LASIK?

If you are not a candidate for LASIK, talk to our physicians about other alternatives such as PRK, RLE, or an Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL).

What to Expect from LASIK Surgery

As a patient at Milan Eye Center, our knowledgeable surgeons and coordinators will walk you through every step. The procedure usually takes 5-8 minutes per eye, with an average of 10-15 minutes total.

During Surgery:

  • Anesthetic, numbing eye drops reduce any discomfort
  • Eyes are cleaned to keep sterile for the procedure
  • An eyelid speculum helps keep the eye open
  • A femtosecond laser is used to create a smooth, precise, and thin flap of the cornea (bladeless)
  • The flap is gently lifted and the underlying cornea is reshaped with the excimer laser beam (your surgeon will ask you to look at a target light during this part of the procedure)
  • Finally, the flap is carefully re-positioned to its original location

Recovery:

  • You’ll be ready to leave 10 minutes after the procedure
  • Notice dramatically better vision in 12-24 hours
  • Get back to normal activities in 1-2 days
  • Apply eye drops for 1 week to speed recovery
  • There are no stitches to worry about – your eyes will heal on their own

Outcome:

After LASIK, you won’t need your glasses or contacts to see clearly anymore. Your specific results depend on your desired vision outcome. Our experienced physicians will help you determine the best option for you:

  • Monovision: your dominant eye is corrected for distance and the other eye is corrected for near.
  • Blended vision: your eyes are corrected for distance and intermediate vision.

The Safest Elective Surgery in the World

LASIK is the safest, most successful, and most widely studied elective procedure in the world, with the highest patient satisfaction rate of any elective procedure (95% to be exact). A good LASIK candidate has an extremely low risk of having a complication, especially when properly screened and treated with the correct equipment by an experienced surgeon.

Affordability

LASIK is more affordable than continuing to spend money on glasses and contact lenses every year. The average national cost of LASIK was $2,135 per eye in first half of 2017 with a range of $1000 to $4000 per eye. The cost usually includes the initial consultation, the procedure, and post-operative follow-up care.

Flexible spending accounts (FSA’s) and Health savings accounts (HSA’s) are employee-sponsored programs allowing pre-tax dollars to be set aside for medical costs. You may be able to get LASIK virtually tax-free.

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