Laser vision correction is a brief, comfortable, highly advanced outpatient procedure in which the cornea is reshaped through the use of an excimer laser. By reshaping the cornea, laser vision correction can reduce or eliminate a person’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Whether a person is nearsighted, farsighted or has astigmatism, LASIK surgery can dramatically improve your vision. Because of its superior results as well as the safety and rapid visual recovery and healing, LASIK, or laser in-situ keratomileusis, is the preferred vision correction technique worldwide.
Not all LASIK procedures are the same. The techniques and technology employed at Silverstein Eye Centers provide patients with the highest degree of safety and superior surgical outcomes currently available.
Dr. Silverstein is an FDA investigator who helped bring laser technology to FDA approval.
LASIK is a two-step process. The first step in LASIK is to create a corneal flap. This is a thin layer of tissue that is lifted in order to treat the cornea underneath. The second step of the process is to use an excimer laser to treat the eye. After the treatment, the corneal flap is put back into place to allow quick recovery and healing.
LASIK laser vision correction has enabled millions of people who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism, to reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses or contacts.
The LASIK procedure uses a beam of light created by the excimer laser. Treatment takes a matter of seconds to complete. During the LASIK procedure, anesthesia is achieved with numbing eye drops. No shots, needles or stitches are required. After applying the laser, the corneal flap is placed back into its original position.
You can anticipate being at the surgery center for about two hours the day of your procedure. Since the first hour after the procedure is a critical time for healing, a special one-hour post-operative examination helps ensure the best possible patient safety and surgical result.
Significantly improved vision is seen as early as the next day, and most patients can return to work. Your eyes will be dryer than usual for several months, and vision will fluctuate during the healing period for several weeks. Topical eye drops and vitamins are recommended during the healing process.