If you’re fed up with needing glasses or contact lenses in order to see clearly, the world-leading eye surgeons at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC have the solution in the form of LASIK surgery. LASIK improves your ability to focus, meaning you could be free of glasses and contacts in just a few days. If you live in the greater Philadelphia area, including Trappe, Blue Bell, North Wales, Hatboro, Bethlehem, and Levittown, Pennsylvania, or the counties of Montgomery, Bucks, or Northampton, schedule an appointment online or by phone today to learn more about LASIK and if it’s right for you.
LASIK is short for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, which is a surgical procedure that enhances your vision by reshaping your cornea.
If you have myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism, it means the cornea at the front of your eye is slightly misshapen.
Your cornea focuses incoming light onto the retina at the back of your eye, from where the brain forms the image of what you’re looking at. If the cornea isn’t precisely the right shape, incoming light doesn’t refract correctly, so the images your brain perceives are blurry or distorted. The way in which your cornea is misshapen determines whether you have myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism.
LASIK surgery involves reshaping your cornea to improve the way it refracts light. Your eye surgeon starts by using the IntraLase FS Laser system to create a tiny flap in your cornea. They then gently lift the flap to access the inner layer or stroma.
Using the VISX Star S2 laser, your eye surgeon reshapes the stroma by vaporizing tiny areas, after which they replace the corneal flap. The flap acts as natural protection for the stroma while it’s healing.
Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC also offer blade-free LASIK using the state-of-the-art IntraLase surgical laser to create the corneal flap. Blade-free LASIK is incredibly precise, which makes it a low-risk procedure that involves minimal discomfort.
After your surgery, your eyes take a couple of days to heal, but there are no stitches to worry about, and your surgeon gives you any information you need on how to care for your eyes.
You should notice a significant improvement in your vision within the first few days, and many patients find their vision is back to 20/20 after surgery. Feedback from patients who have LASIK surgery confirms that 96% of them achieve the results they hoped for.
As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks involved, such as developing dry eyes or an infection, but these are minimal. Your eye surgeon discusses any risks with you at your consultation, and every patient receives a comprehensive assessment to ensure they’re suitable for LASIK surgery.
To find out more about LASIK and whether you would benefit from laser eye surgery, call Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC or schedule an appointment online today.