LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a safe, reliable and painless way to improve vision and reduce or eliminate the need to wear glasses or contact lenses. LASIK changes the way light is bent, or refracted, as it passes through the cornea so that it focuses properly on the retina and objects can be seen clearly.
During the procedure, a device called a microkeratome cuts a thin flap in the surface of the cornea. Patients are given anesthesia so they can't feel the instruments. Next, the flap is then lifted and an excimer laser beam reshapes the cornea's curvature to improve vision. The flap is then closed and covered with a protective contact lens.
The entire procedure takes only 15-30 minutes per eye, and patients are often ready to leave within an hour or two. The flap heals on its own within a few days with no need for stitches.
A common complaint after surgery is sensitivity to light, but this will subside. Antibiotic eye drops will be prescribed for a few days, along with any other post-operative instructions. Full recovery takes a few weeks.
Call today to schedule your consultation and find out you are a candidate for LASIK. Soon you could be tossing away your glasses or contact lenses and enjoying the freedom of clear vision.
The ideal LASIK candidate:
During your consultation, Dr. Rabinovitch will review your eyesight and discuss whether LASIK is right for you.
The first blade-free, all-laser LASIK
The IntraLase® FS laser is a highly precise tool aiding in corneal flap creation, the first step in laser vision correction surgery. It allows for a completely blade-free laser surgery. During the procedure, the IntraLase laser fires 15,000 pulses per second into the cornea, where the flap can be created at a depth and diameter determined by the Dr. Rabinovitch as appropriate for each individual patient. This creates a customized procedure for the patient. In addition to benefiting from this pinpoint (2-3 micron) accuracy, patients who undergo surgery conducted with the IntraLase laser are less likely to need an enhancement (follow-up) procedure than with other technologies.
The Kamra inlay is a ring implanted in the cornea of the eye to help restore the ability to focus on nearby objects. Smaller than a contact lens, the Kamra inlay is an effective treatment for people with presbyopia, a stiffening of the eye’s natural lens that makes close-up viewing difficult. Presbyopia is a very common condition of aging, and affects nearly everyone in their 40s or older. The Kamra inlay can improve near vision and reduce the need for reading glasses without compromising the ability to see at a distance. While vision improvements vary by individual, most patients can expect their near vision to be significantly enhanced, giving them the ability to comfortably read typeface that is several sizes smaller than before.
Why KAMRA Vision™
Thousands of people including eye doctors are choosing KAMRA Vision™ as their preferred near vision treatment.
The reasons people are choosing the KAMRA inlay are simple:
PRK or photorefractive keratectomy is one of the safest and most time-tested laser vision correction procedures available. Before LASIK, PRK was the most common refractive surgery procedure. Like LASIK, it reshapes the cornea to improve vision. PRK is now used mainly for patients with large pupils or thin corneas.
The first step in PRK is to remove the epithelium, a thin layer protecting the cornea. Then Dr. Rabinovitch uses an excimer laser to vaporize a small amount from the top of the cornea. LASIK, by contrast, cuts a deep flap in the cornea using a sharp microkeratome blade. This weakens the cornea, makes it difficult to replace the flap in precisely the right place, and can cause other complications including flap irregularity, epithelial ingrowth and corneal ectasia. PRK avoids these risks.
Studies have shown that 90-95% of patients with a correction of up to -6.00 diopters achieve vision of 20/40 after PRK, and up to 70% achieve 20/20. Patients needing less correction generally achieve better results. The risks of PRK include infection, haze, slow healing, scarring, over- or under-correction of the visual condition, and development of astigmatism.
Custom LASIK, also known as wavefront LASIK, is quickly becoming the new standard in laser vision correction, as it offers the most accurate, individualized results for each patient. This FDA-approved procedure uses three-dimensional measurements of the eye to help guide the laser as it reshapes the cornea and corrects your vision.
Custom LASIK lets patients benefit from a higher chance of achieving 20/20 vision, with many patients achieving vision that is better than 20/20, a feat often unachievable with traditional LASIK or glasses or contacts. Custom LASIK also reduces the risk of poor night vision and glare, side effects that are common with traditional LASIK.
During this procedure, a wavefront device transmits a ray of light into your eye that is received and arranged into a unique pattern to create a 3-D map of your eye, including both lower and higher order aberrations. This information is then transferred to the laser and applied to your eye's position, allowing your doctor to achieve customized vision correction for your individual needs.
The iLASIK procedure is a safe and simple alternative to tradition LASIK eye surgery and is designed to be 100 percent custom-fit from beginning to end. The iLASIK procedure addresses the uniqueness of your two eyes, delivering the exact correction you need to achieve 20/20 or better vision. With iLASIK, a thin flap is created in the cornea using the IntraLase FS laser, meaning that no blade is used. This gives Dr. Rabinovitch greater control to create a precise incision in the cornea in this minimally invasive procedure.
A blueprint (or fingerprint) of your eyes is made with the WaveScan 3D Map, providing the most customized results for your eyes. A second laser, the Advanced CustomVue excimer laser, is then used to shape the cornea and correct vision based on your individual imperfections. The procedure takes about 10 minutes per eye and only requires numbing of the eyes, not general anesthesia. Over 98 percent of patients experienced 20/20 or better vision after the iLASIK procedure. The combination of this advanced technology with Dr. Rabinovitch experience provides safer and more accurate laser vision correction.