Learn more about LASIK Vision Correction
All vision correction procedures are not the same. After a comprehensive assessment, Dr. Somers will recommend which procedure is right for you. Here are some common terms:
LASIK – Laser correcting a wide range of nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. Patients who are not candidates for LASIK may qualify for alternative procedures such as intraocular lenses.
PRK – Also known as advanced surface ablation, this laser procedure can correct the same range of conditions as Lasik with certain advantages since no flap has been created.
Monovision is a technique where one eye is corrected for clear distance vision and the other eye is corrected for comfortable near vision. The brain’s vision center tends to filter out the image from the eye that is not in clear focus. Monovision can be achieved through Lasik, PRK or CK, however monovision is not for everyone. A contact lens trial is frequently used to see if this procedure is right for you.
ReSTOR is a permanent artificial lens, originally for treating cataracts but now for anyone with reading glasses or bifocals. This lens, a two-in-one (distance and near), may be indicated over laser in certain situations. ReSTOR is the only procedure which gives simultaneous distance and near vision out of both eyes.
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LASIK is a refractive surgical procedure that corrects vision problems such as, nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. We use the most advanced technology on the market today, the Wavelight Allegretto. This FDA approved laser is the fastest and most precise laser system for vision correction available in the U.S.
LASIK offers several advantages:
- Speedy recovery - most patients are able to return to work the next day
- Convenience and comfort - the procedure is performed in our surgery suite
- Fast treatment - procedures generally last 15-20 minutes per eye
- Safety - has been approved by the FDA to correct the widest group of patients
A free consultation is your first step when considering laser surgery. If you wear soft contact lenses, remove them three days prior to the consultation; if you wear gas permeable lenses, remove three weeks prior to the consultation.
During the consultation, Dr. Somers will determine if you are a candidate for surgery. It is also helpful to bring prescription medications with you or have your doctor fax it to us in advance. Dr. Somers will discuss the risks and benefits and answer your questions. Our goal is to help you develop a complete understanding of your condition so that you can make an informed decision.
If you qualify and elect to have the surgery, an appointment will be made. Plan to rest a few days away from work and strenuous activities during recovery. Most people do see well enough to drive after surgery.
THE FIRST DAY
Following surgery you are encouraged to go home and rest. You may experience some temporary discomfort during the first 24 hours. Blurry vision and light sensitivity is normal.
THE FIRST WEEK AND BEYOND
After the first day there is usually minimal discomfort if any at all. You will have a follow up with Dr. Somers at one month, three months and six months after surgery.