LASIK, which is the acronym for 'laser assisted in situ keratomileusis,' is the most commonly performed laser vision correction surgery procedure for patients suffering from nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism.
The FDA first approved laser vision correction surgery in the US in 1995. LASIK technology has advanced to the point where patients have the opportunity to receive truly personalized surgery.
An essential element in optimizing your vision is where/how the treatment is delivered. There are three approaches to this aspect depending on the overall thickness of your cornea, consistency of the surface and prior surgeries (if any).
Older methods used a tool called a microkeratome (Razor blade device) to cut the cornea and create a flap. This method is still employed by centers looking to reduce costs for discount pricing.
ASA Advanced Surface Ablation (PRK): This method is utilized when a patient has a thinner cornea or has had previous surgery. The visual outcome is the same as other methods with a longer initial recovery than other methods (generally 5 days).
LASIK Flap: A thin surface flap is created on the cornea to expose the tissue underneath. Utilizing a femtosecond laser a precise flap is created based on the specific measurements of the patient cornea. We utilize the state-of-the-art iFS 5th generation laser technology to create the corneal flap.
To learn more about Personalized LASIK surgery, call (858) 452-3937 or contact us here to view a LASIK procedure or schedule a complimentary LASIK consultation with Sandy T. Feldman at Clearview Eye and Laser Medical Center in San Diego.
We offer these web pages as general information about Personalized LASIK. This information should not be considered formal medical advice. Please contact us today for your formal advice during a complimentary LASIK consultation.
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