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LASIK is the most popular surgical option for the correction of nearly all prescriptions. The benefits for patients who have experienced LASIK surgery are virtually limitless. For example, patients have reported that camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting are much easier without the burden of carrying along contact lens cases or solutions. Golfers have noted that the need to wipe their glasses while playing in the rain is conveniently eliminated. Patients who play team sports and pursue other athletic endeavors such as SCUBA diving, cycling, running, water skiing, sailing, and boating, have found their respective interests easier and more enjoyable. Even every day activities such as watching television, telling time and traveling reach a new level of convenience with LASIK. The procedure can enhance your life in endless ways and truly is a medical miracle of our modern times.

The LASIK Procedure

Laser in-Situ Keratomileusis, otherwise known as LASIK, is the most advanced and tested refractive surgery procedure for correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. In 1991, Ionas Pallikaris, MD, in Heraklion, Crete, was the first person to use a microkeratome to cut a thin flap of cornea and then apply the excimer laser to remove tissue from within the cornea. "Keratomileusis" is derived from two Greek words that mean "to shape the cornea." "In-situ" means "in place." Therefore, the term LASIK means "to reshape the cornea in place using laser." Over the last decade LASIK has been perfected and has become the most popular and trusted technique for correcting vision, exceeding one million cases per year.

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The LASIK procedure combines two sophisticated techniques of surgery to achieve these life-changing results. The first part involves the use of a femtosecond laser to create a thin protective layer of corneal tissue (or flap) that covers the area to be sculpted by the laser. This flap allows for rapid recovery of vision, reduces discomfort after surgery and prevents scarring. The second part uses a computer-controlled excimer laser -- a cold, invisible, ultraviolet laser -- to sculpt the underlying cornea, correcting the refractive error. It restores a more natural shape to the surface of your cornea, thereby correcting your vision. The protective layer of tissue is repositioned without sutures and is secure after a few seconds of drying so that an eye patch is not required. Visual recovery is typically rapid, and there is little or no post-operative pain. Eye drops are typically only necessary for a week or two post-surgery.

The painless procedure is completed in approximately 15 minutes (for both eyes). Prior to the procedure, our nurses will provide you with a mild sedative (like Valium). Once the sedative takes effect, you will recline on a bed beneath the laser. Dr. Walter uses anaesthetic drops to numb the eye, and inserts a small wire spring to keep your eyelid from blinking. Dr. Walter then operates the laser, which includes a sophisticated infrared pupil tracker insuring that all eye movements will be safely followed and the laser will precisely etch the intended area.

Patients can usually see quite well immediately after the surgery and frequently resume normal activities within 24 hours, allowing them a quick return to work (usually the next day). Over 90% of patients are able to drive themselves to their return appointment the following day. Minor fluctuations and dryness usually resolve after 1 to 2 weeks.

One of Dr. Walter's satisfied LASIK patients.



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