Would your lifestyle, job and personal activities benefit from not being dependent on glasses?
Are you fed up with the hassles associated with glasses and contact lenses?
If you answered yes to these questions, you’re not alone; millions of people in the US suffer from visual disorders that can be treated. That’s right—clear vision with reduced or no dependence on glasses and contact lenses is an option! At OCLI Vision, we take pride in offering our patients the most advanced options for vision correction, including blade-free/all-laser LASIK. Most who struggle with glasses and contact lenses have heard about vision correction procedures such as LASIK. LASIK laser vision correction continues to grow in popularity, and with good reason. Millions have undergone LASIK with amazing results. At OCLI Vision, our surgeons have an excellent track record of helping LASIK surgery patients greatly reduce—or completely eliminate—their need for eyeglasses and contact lenses!
What is LASIK?
There have been many advances in LASIK surgery in recent years. However, the goal has remained the same: LASIK surgery aims to permanently correct refractive error, eliminating or reducing dependency on eyeglasses as much as possible. The OCLI Vision LASIK surgeons take great pride in offering the latest advancements in LASIK technology by using the AMO (Advanced Medical Optics) iLASIK platform, as well as the Wavelight Laser.
During LASIK, your OCLI LASIK surgeon will begin by creating a corneal “flap” on the surface of the eye using a femtosecond laser. This exposes the outer layers of the cornea for treatment. Once the flap has been created, your surgeon will begin to make the necessary adjustments to the cornea using an excimer laser. The excimer laser reshapes the cornea to a set of desired specifications, allowing for clear vision at all distances. Once the procedure has ended, the corneal flap is replaced and acts as a self-healing bandage. There are no stitches required after LASIK surgery, and healing is generally quick.
What is Femto LASIK?
Femtosecond-assisted LASIK, also known as Femto LASIK, is a bladeless visual rehabilitation procedure that uses 2 different lasers to create a flap and change the contour of the eye to improve uncorrected vision and reduce and often eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. A femtosecond is one quadrillionth of a second, which is approximately the duration of each laser application during Femto eye surgery procedures. Good candidates for Femto laser procedures are adults with relatively stable vision, good health, and no issues preventing wounds from healing properly. Potential patients who have previously undergone refractive eye surgeries or who have very thin corneas may not be the best candidates for this type of vision correction surgery. The experts at OCLI will perform tests to determine your candidacy. Femto LASIK can be used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and some forms of presbyopia. Your surgeon will explain your options and the procedure to you in more detail if you are a good candidate for this treatment.
The Femto LASIK procedure is relatively quick and painless. You will enter the procedure room and will recline in a special chair, which will position you precisely for your procedure. Eye drops will be used to numb your eyes, which will be held open throughout the procedure with an eye speculum. Your surgeon will use a suction ring to position your eye for the laser. After the flap has been created your surgeon will employ an excimer laser to reshape your cornea, reposition your flap and the process is complete. You may experience some mild degree of discomfort after your Femto eye procedure is complete. Your surgeon will generally provide you with an eye shield to wear for 3-4 days after your Femto laser procedure. You will return to the office to remove the eye shield and to make sure that your eye is healing properly after your surgery.
Have you been told you are not a candidate for LASIK?
If you’ve had a LASIK consultation in the past and were told that you’re not a candidate for LASIK due to astigmatism, corneal thickness, or any other reason, the LASIK surgeons at OCLI Vision recommend that you have another consultation. With today’s technological advancements, more people than ever before are candidates for LASIK.
There are also alternatives to LASIK that may be more suitable based on your particular needs. PRK, the KAMRA inlay, and refractive lens exchange are also options that our expert surgeons can discuss with you at your upcoming LASIK evaluation.
About LASIK alternatives at OCLI
LASIK is the most common and widely known form of vision correction, but based on your personal situation, another vision correction option might be better for your visual needs. Below are other vision correction options offered at OCLI Vision.
PRK is similar to LASIK as it uses the same excimer laser to correct the curvature of the cornea and provide clear vision. The difference is that, with PRK, a corneal flap is not created. This vision correction procedure is generally performed on those with thin corneas or those who have had other eye surgeries in the past. The recovery time is longer than with LASIK as the cornea needs to naturally heal, but the visual correction results are the same as LASIK.
This advanced and recently FDA-approved procedure allows those who struggle with presbyopia to free themselves from reading glasses! Presbyopia is an eye condition that happens as we age. Generally, when we reach our 40s and 50s, our near vision will begin to decrease, making it tougher to read small print and perform up-close tasks. Many people turn to over-the-counter readers to help them see up close. The Kamra Inlay can reduce, or even eliminate, the need for these readers. The KAMRA Inlay is inserted under only one cornea, which will correct near vision; both eyes will then work together to see near and far effectively!
Refractive lens exchange
For reasons of age, health history, and eye conditions, refractive lens exchange (RLE), also known as clear lens extraction (CLE), maybe the preferred option for vision correction. This procedure is much like cataract surgery, where the clouded lens (the cataract) is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens. However, with RLE, a cataract has not developed and the clear lens is removed and replaced with a premium lens implant. Premium lens implants allow for clear vision at all ranges—near, far, and intermediate. There are several types of lenses and your OCLI Vision surgeon will determine the best one for your needs. This procedure will eliminate the necessity of cataract surgery, which would be needed at a later age.
At OCLI Vision, we’re pleased to provide our patients with a variety of vision correction options to suit their individual needs. Our vision correction surgeons are among the most experienced in the nation and have undergone specialized training to be experts in this field. If you’ve been considering a vision correction procedure like LASIK, PRK, the KAMRA Inlay, or refractive lens exchange, we encourage you to schedule a consultation today!