About the iLASIK Treatment Process.
You've Set Your Sights On Us Now What?
Your 3-D eye map.
First, the Wavefront-guided technology produces a 3-D eye map and looks for optical imperfections that can affect the quality of your vision.
The doctor will evaluate the following:
- prescription stability
- corneal health, shape, and thickness
- tear layer
- pupil size
- existing conditions and their severity
You can also expect a thorough review of your medical history. Remember to bring a list of all allergies and current medications. You may be advised to discontinue use of these products prior to iLASIK Surgery.
For the most accurate eye measurement, stop wearing contact lenses 2–4 weeks before examination and treatment.
It’s important to set realistic expectations about your post-op vision. It’s also possible to experience issues such as dry eyes or glare after any type of corneal refractive surgery.
iLASIK Surgery cannot stop your eyes from aging or from potentially needing reading glasses. Some activities may require glasses.
Clear Vision. Quicker Than You Thought Possible.
Amazingly,the entire process only takes about 20 minutes, and you’ll be awake the whole time! When you arrive, your surgeon may provide medication to help you relax, and numbing eye drops to keep you comfortable. You’ll feel some pressure on your eye and the sensation usually lasts less than a minute.
So what if you blink?
You won’t. A small device will be used to hold your eyelids open, and eye drops will be applied to keep your eyes comfortable. While the laser is active, an automated “eye tracker” monitors the position of your eye and compensates for any small, involuntary eye movements to deliver targeted treatment.
The healing process.
You cannot drive yourself home post-op, because your vision will be blurry. Depending on whether you were given a sedative, you may be a bit drowsy.
When you get home, the best way to begin healing is to nap or rest, and use recommended drops to keep your eyes moist, healthy and comfortable.
The Proof is in the Post-Op.
What to expect.
Post-op, it’s normal to feel some moderate pain and discomfort for up to 3 days. Some people report feeling something like an eyelash “in” the eye. As the cornea heals, you may experience blurriness, itchy, dry or watery eyes and light sensitivity. These symptoms should subside over time.
Protecting your eyes.
Protective shields will be placed over your eyes to help you avoid rubbing, touching or bumping your eyes. In the days following surgery, always wear sunglasses to shield your eyes from the sun and reduce glare.
It is vital to keep eyes clean and hydrated to optimize your recovery rate, but keep in mind it’s common for full healing to take three months or longer.
Generally, your first follow-up visit will be approximately 24 hours after surgery. Even if your vision seems clear, have someone drive you to this visit. Your surgeon will let you know when it is safe for you to drive again, and when you can resume other activities and exercise.
Remember that routine comprehensive eye exams are still absolutely needed to safeguard the health of your eyes.
If you experience significant discomfort after your iLASIK Surgery—particularly if it worsens over time—call your ophthalmologist for further instructions.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Indication: LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a laser surgery procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea to reduce or eliminate nearsightedness, farsightedness, or mixed visual irregularities due to an abnormal curve in the cornea (astigmatism). Only an eye care professional trained in laser vision correction can determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. The iFS® laser is a surgical laser that can be used to create flaps for use in LASIK surgery.
Contraindications: You should not have LASIK if you have collagen vascular (such as rheumatoid arthritis), autoimmune, or an immunodeficiency disease because they affect the body's ability to heal. You should not have this procedure if you are pregnant or nursing, show signs of corneal thinning, or take medications with eye-related side effects, such as Isotretinoin (Accutane®) for acne treatment or Amiodarone hydrochloride (Cordarone®) for normalizing heart rhythm.
Warnings: LASIK is not recommended if you have diabetes, a history of herpes simplex or herpes zoster keratitis, significant dry eye, or severe allergies.
Precautions: Your doctor will examine your eyes to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. Talk to your doctor about any eye-related conditions, injuries, or surgeries you have had, as well as any changes to your vision in the past year. These may result in poor vision after LASIK. Tell your doctor about any medications you are taking. After surgery, you may find it more difficult to see in conditions such as dim light, rain, snow, fog, or glare from bright lights at night. LASIK is for patients 21 years of age and over.
Side effects: Possible side effects include dryness, which may be severe; loss of vision or the possible need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery; and visual disturbances such as halos (hazy rings around lights), glare, starbursts, double images, and other visual irregularities that may be debilitating. Possible complications resulting from LASIK flap creation include swelling, inflammation or pain in your eye, infection, or flap-related complications. Mild to severe light sensitivity occurred in 1% of patients between 2 and 6 weeks after surgery. Some patients (0.03%) noticed a temporary spoke-like band of light in their peripheral vision.
Please consult with your eye care professional regarding the potential risks and benefits of this procedure. Results may vary for each individual patient.
The iLASIK® platform utilizes the STAR S4 IR® Excimer Laser System, WaveScan WaveFront® System, as well as the iFS® Advanced Femtosecond Laser during the LASIK procedure.
Caution: U.S. Federal Law restricts these devices to use by practitioners who have been trained in their calibration and operation, and who have experience in the surgical treatment and management of refractive errors.
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