Laser assisted in situ keratomileusis, or LASIK, is an outpatient vision correction procedure that treats myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. LASIK uses a microsurgical instrument and a laser to reshape the cornea (the clear covering of the eye) to improve the way the eye focuses light rays onto the retina.
The Blade-Free LASIK procedure at Alliance Ophthalmology is uniquely customized to your personal vision needs and performed without the use of blades — an advantage that offers our patients increased predictability, safety and precise visual outcomes.
The IntraLase Method is a 100% blade-free approach to creating your LASIK flap — the thin flap of tissue that Dr. Strange creates to perform your LASIK procedure. The IntraLase Method can only be performed using the IntraLase Laser. Millions of procedures have been performed safely and effectively using the IntraLase Method. With the IntraLase Method, you can have a LASIK procedure that’s 100% blade free, exceptionally advanced, and has been shown to improve outcomes for more patients.
Advantages of IntraLase:
- Better Vision
- Improved Safety
- Fewer Retreatments
- Reduced Dry Eye Symptoms
- Highest Degree of Predictability and Precision
- Thinner flaps
- Technology of choice
Understanding Your LASIK Candidacy
There is perhaps nothing more important in the LASIK eye surgery process than determining your candidacy. If you are familiar with someone who has not had a good result, the problems typically stem from poor judgment of candidacy. The candidacy process begins with a thorough eye health evaluation to check the overall health of your eye, as well as the corneal thickness.
Good LASIK candidates meet the following requirements:
- You are seeking a reduction of your dependency on contact lenses or glasses
- You are 18 years or older
- Your eye prescription has been stable for at least one year
- You have no health issues that affect your eyes
- You do not have glaucoma or cataracts and no signs of either
- Not pregnant or nursing
What Will My Vision Be Like After LASIK?
It is important that anyone considering LASIK have realistic expectations. LASIK allows people to perform most of their everyday tasks without corrective lenses. However, people looking for perfect vision without glasses or contacts run the risk of being disappointed.
The majority of people who have LASIK achieve somewhere between 20/15 and 20/40 vision post-operatively. If vision is under-corrected after the procedure, Dr. Strange may decide to perform a second procedure, called an enhancement, to further refine the result.
LASIK cannot correct presbyopia, the age-related loss of close-up focusing power. With or without refractive surgery, almost everyone who has excellent distance vision will need reading glasses by the time they get to be 40 or 50 years old. Some people choose to be corrected by monovision, which leaves one eye slightly nearsighted. The nearsighted eye is used for close work, while the other eye is adjusted for distance vision.
After your initial free LASIK screening to see if your prescription is in the range for treatment, you may book your dilated exam with Dr. Strange. If you are a contact lens wearer, you must remove them for a certain period of time prior to the dilated eye exam to allow your corneas to return to their natural shape. On the day of the dilated exam, we will check the health of your eyes to make sure the LASIK procedure is right for you and that is also your one on one time with Dr. Strange.
Please call 817-442-2020 for that free consultation appointment.
COMPLICATIONS WITH LASIK ARE EXCEPTIONALLY RARE
Some risks can certainly be associated with LASIK just like any other surgical procedure. LASIK is proven to be effective, safe and permanent, but requires patient selection through careful evaluation and using state of the art diagnostic testing to determine candidacy. We will review your risks, benefits, alternatives with you in detail at your dilated eye exam appointment.