For the past 20 years, LASIK (Laser in situ keratomileusis) has been by far the most popular elective surgery in the United States. For people who are tired of contact lenses or eyeglasses, it’s easy to see why. Countless studies have shown that LASIK provides individuals with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism a safe and efficient outpatient solution to better eyesight. So how does LASIK work, and what are your options?
How LASIK Works
LASIK is an outpatient, elective eye surgery that uses an excimer laser to cut into the corneal tissue. The cornea is at the forefront of the eye and can be considered the eye’s watch crystal. After a corneal flap has been created, the excimer laser will remodel the underlying corneal tissue with invisible ultraviolet light, until it reaches a predetermined shape specifically chosen for the patient. At Marano Eye Care, our laser technology allows us to measure the eye’s imperfections down to the microcosm, ensuring the patient the highest level of satisfaction with his or her surgery.
Once the excimer laser has adjusted the corneal tissue to the desired state, our skilled surgeons will flip the outer corneal flap back and reposition it to its original state. Finally, the eye will be swabbed with a medicated sponge. No sutures are needed for the corneal flap to heal, but medicated, anti-inflammatory eye drops will be used to prevent swelling and infection for a week.
The LASIK procedure is completely painless thanks to anesthetic eye drops. There also is no need to fear your eye moving during the surgery, as a computerized eye tracker will closely monitor any movements.
Choosing Between IntraLase Bladeless LASIK and Blade LASIK Surgery in NJ
LASIK has two core technologies that allow the procedure to be completed. There’s the laser that modifies the cornea tissue and the part that creates the hinged flap of the outer cornea. While the technology is very similar in the former, the latter differentiates between the use of a femtosecond laser or a small blade system called a microkeratome.
Marano Eye Care has always made the comfort and safety of our patients the foundation of our practice, and that’s why we solely use the iLasik system from Abbott Medical Optics. After several years of performing LASIK on thousands of patients, it’s clear to us that bladeless LASIK technology is not only more precise, it’s safer for our patients and causes fewer complications. While blade LASIK may be faster, by choosing a bladeless LASIK procedure, you can expect:
- A more stable, precise and uniform flap
- More precise flap thickness
- Higher chance that you will be a candidate for LASIK
- Decreased likelihood of Dry Eye Disease symptoms
- Possible faster recovery of vision
- Reduced risk of epithelial growths
According to a study by Abbott Medical, an evaluation of approximately 500 patients a month after LASIK revealed:
- 95% of nearsighted patients gained at least 20/20 vision
- Approximately 70% of patients felt their vision was better than it was using glasses
- 97% of nearsighted patients were satisfied or very satisfied with the results
At Marano Eye Care, we want you to make an informed decision. If you’re interested in LASIK corrective surgery in New Jersey, we would be happy to perform the procedure at any of our locations in Livingston, Denville and Newark. Want to know more? Use our Request an Appointment form in the top right and tell us exactly what you need.