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About LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK eye surgery has now been in practice for over 11-12 years. After 11 years of LASIK eye surgery being performed in the United States of America it has become one of the most popular and effective elective procedures done today in the field of ophthalmology. Millions of people have undergone this procedure since its FDA approval in 1995 and 98% of all LASIK patients have achieved legal driving vision or better without the assistance of glasses or contact lenses. LASIK is an excellent option for individuals with nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. If you have been struggling with the hassles of contact lenses or glasses and want more visual capability, LASIK is certainly worth further investigation. LASIK is eye surgery and should only be performed by a qualified professional surgeon. Search4LASIK suggests talking with AAO board certified ophthalmologists for the best reults. Our LASIK surgeons listed in this directory are committed to excellence in lasik laser vision correction and only wish to provide our patients with the best patient care. We want you to get the real facts about lasik eye surgery. This is why we provide factual information from legitimate sources. Good luck with your LASIK research. Please read more below to learn about LASIK eye surgery.

LASIK Eye Surgery – The Procedure

LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. and is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of your cornea. Once your candidacy for lasik has been determined and you are eligible for surgery you will be scheduled for surgery. You will be given an informed consent sheet to review and sign based on the same information that you were given during your pre-operative consultation. Before surgery, your eyes will be sterilized with eyelid scrubs and you will have a speculum positioned on top of your eye to prevent you from moving your eye lids. A thin flap of corneal tissue will then moved back with a device known as a microkeratome. The flap is laid back while still attached to the cornea. The excimer laser treatment will then be applied to the inner part of the cornea where the flap has been made. The excimer laser will be used to actually reshape the cornea. The amount of tissue to be removed is calculated based on the pre-operative determination of the power of your eye. After the excimer laser treatment is completed the flap will be repositioned over the treated area for quick recovery. The surgeon will then use drops to assist with the healing process. The healing process on the surface layer begins almost immediately. Since only the edge around the corneal flap needs to heal, visual recovery is rapid and patients report little or no postoperative pain. Within days, collagen bonds form within the cornea around the edge of the flap developing a permanent seal.

Excimer Laser Surgery

The EXCIMER laser, which is a specific type of "cool" laser, generates its power from light in the ultraviolet range. It cannot be visualized by the human eye. Because the laser does not generate any heat, there is no tissue damage as the result of the laser light. The energy of the laser simply causes miniscule amounts of corneal tissue to dissociate a microscopic level. As the treatment with the laser proceeds, microscopic layers of tissue, approximately 1/10th the width of a human hair are removed. The laser is programmed to remove precisely the amount of tissue needed to achieve the desired result.

The VISX Star Excimer Laser was initially approved March 27, 1996 under FDA PMA P930016 for limited indications for myopic correction of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Our surgeons use the VISX Star Excimer Laser System which has been a leader in the development of lasers for laser vision correction since the beginning of PRK and LASIK eye surgery. For more information on other excimer laser manufacturers see the FDA website below or also read our search resources list on the history of lasik page. These other laser types include LadarVision by Alcon Technologies, The Technolas Laser, by Bausch & Lomb, The AllgrettoWave by Wavelight, and various lasers by the Nidek Corporation. Please consult an opthalmologist directly for their views on these laser types. All of these lasers are in use in the United States and each lasik surgeon has a reason for choosing a particular laser. Search4Lasik does not suggest any one laser over the other.

Click here for a list of FDA approved lasers.

Other Sources:
FDA website about LASIK
American Academy of Ophthalmology
LASIK Facts from the FDA

Pricing For LASIK - Cost of Laser Eye Surgery

Pricing for lasik surgery will vary from surgeon to surgeon typically based on experience and equipment. Finding the right surgeon for you should be the paramount objective in your search for a lasik surgeon but inevitably price will also play a role in your decision. You must note that the cheapest surgeon is not always the best surgeon for the your eyes. The choice of refractive surgeon is a very personal decision. Remember these are your eyes and this is not a reversible procedure, so you want to trust your surgeon. Price ranges for LASIK eye surgery range from $999 to about $3500 per eye. On the lower priced end of the lasik price spectrum be careful of what you sign up for. If the price is too low the practice may be leaving some of the details for the fine print. On the higher end of the lasik price spectrum you should justify the surgeons experience and dedication to offering the safest technology. Surgeon experience, mixed with actual results and advanced equipment updates will differentiate the best practices in the country. There is almost always a surgeon or practice on this level in every market place within the United States. The more populated areas might even have a plethora of great lasik surgeons with a lot of experience. The ASCRS directory is the best place to start your lasik search. If you are seeking a lasik surgeon in you area you might consider starting your research on the Internet to save a lot of time. There are several great places to find lasik information and surgeons. We first suggest using to get a very basic list of Lasik practice listings. Start your search by state. You might also find other lasik directory websites if you search on the Internet for Lasik in your city or state.

Differences that you may find between LASIK Practices

  1. Extensive patient screening and pre-operative examination
  2. Wavefront technology mapping (preparation for CustomLASIK)
  3. Experience of the lasik surgeon
  4. State of the art excimer LASER equipment
  5. A very specific LASIK correction just for your eyes
  6. Post-Operative Care Capabilities
  7. AAO Board Certification (Not all lasik surgeons are board certified)

Please check with the American Academy of Ophthalmology for a list of certified LASIK doctors.

Selecting and Choosing a LASIK Surgeon

Here is a list of questions you might want to ask when selecting a LASIK surgeon

  1. How long have you been doing LASIK Eye Surgery?
  2. How much experience do you have with the Lasik procedure and Laser Vision Correction?
  3. How do you define success with LASIK? What's your success rate with LASIK? What is the chance for me (with my correction) to achieve 20/20? How many of your patients have achieved 20/20 or 20/40 vision? How many patients return for LASIK eye surgery enhancements?
  4. What excimer laser does your surgeon use for LASIK eye surgery? Make sure your surgeon is using a laser approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). SEE a list of approved lasers on the FDA LASIK website. The link is provided below
  5. What's involved in after-surgery care?
  6. Who will handle after-surgery care? Who will be responsible?

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