What exactly is LASIK?
would my cornea need reshaping?
How does it work?
there any side effects?
How soon can I get my procedure
I still need contacts or glasses?
Does LASIK fall under my insurance
if I'm not a candidate for LASIK? Are there any options?
What is normal vision?
What Exactly is LASIK?
LASIK is an acronym for a procedure called Laser in-Situ Keratomileusis,
where the cornea reshaped using a laser. Laser vision correction
has been performed for over 20 years, but became most popular with
the introduction of LASIK which offered a virtually painless procedure
which is performed in office in less than 15 minutes. LASIK has
been around since the early 90s and has grown extremely popular
as the quickest, easiest and most hassle-free way to improve your
vision. In fact, millions of people a year are experiencing new found
freedom from glasses and contacts with through this modern miracle
Why Would My Cornea
The misshape in the cornea is one of the main determining factors
in how well you can see. A cornea that's too flat promotes farsightedness,
one that's too steep makes you nearsighted, and a cornea that's
football shaped gives you astigmatism. If you wear glasses or contacts,
there is a good chance that your cornea is too flat or too steep,
or that your eye is too long or too short. Lasik compensates for
this problem by restoring your cornea to a more natural shape.
How Does It Work?
The cool beam from our excimer laser is directed in just the right
location to gently reshape your cornea.
Are There Any Side
Side effects are few and depend greatly on the individual. Temporary
side effects may include mild scratchiness, glare or halos in low
light conditions and possible minimal discomfort.
How soon can I get
my procedure done?
As with any other medical procedure, a certain amount of pre-consultation is needed with LASIK, so we encourage you to make an appointment
to speak with our refractive coordinator (RC) concerning your vision
needs. The RC and the surgeon will then determine whether or not
you're a candidate for LASIK. Unfortunately, not everyone is, and
our refractive coordinator can explain this in more detail during
your free consultation. Depending on your schedule and our schedule
we can have you out of your glasses within a week.
Will I Still
Need Contacts Or Glasses?
Like any procedure, perfect results are not guaranteed. But at Ohio
Valley Eye Institute we utilize the VISX S4 Laser with CustomVue
technology. In FDA clinical studies, over 98% of patients who had
their LASIK procedure performed with CustomVue on the VISX S4 Laser
achieved 20/20 vision or better. This is a vast improvement, especially
if you've suffered from extremely poor eyesight.
Fall Under My Insurance Plan?
As an elective procedure. LASIK is not covered under most insurance
plans. However, easy financing terms are available and, considering
the recurrent costs of new contact and eyeglass prescriptions, solutions,
cleaning materials and other accessories, LASIK will save you money
in the long run. Also, many companies offer flexible spending plans
that are an excellent way to build funds for LASIK laser vision
What If I'm
Not A Candidate For LASIK? Are There Any Other Options?
Ohio Valley Eye Institute offers other vision correction options
for those who are not LASIK candidates including:
PRK: Photo Refractive Keratectomy. This procedure
treats refractive errors by removing tissue from the surface of
the cornea. First, the eye is numbed using a topical, or eye drop
anesthesia. Then, the surgeon removes the epithelium, the thin layer
of protective skin that covers the cornea. This can be done with
the excimer laser, which in less than a minute removes the proper
amount of tissue while it reshapes the surface of the cornea.
ICL: Implantable Contact Lens. This technology
was developed for patients that have high prescriptions, thin corneas
or corneal problems. First, the eye is numbed using a topical, or
eye drop anesthesia. Then, the surgeon makes a tiny incision on
the eye and gently inserts the ICL lens. This procedure can be completed
in less than five minutes.
Near Vision CK: Conductive Keratoplasty. If you
are over 40 and you are tired of wearing reading glasses, than this
is the procedure for you. CK uses radio waves to make the cornea
nearsighted giving you the up close vision you have always wanted.
Even further alternatives can be discussed with your doctor.
What is Normal
In the normal eye, light is bent (refracted) by the curve of the
cornea and lens to focus clearly on the retina. The eye works like
a camera. Light rays pass through the lens (like the cornea and
natural lens in the eye) and are focused on the film (like the retina
in the eye).