Intralase LASIK (all-laser LASIK)
Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is an FDA-approved surgical procedure intended to reduce or eliminate dependency on eyeglasses or contact lenses. It is performed on nearly 1 million patients each year to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism by permanently altering the shape of the cornea, the eye’s thin, transparent covering. Corneal reshaping modifies the eye’s focusing power to achieve unprecedented visual clarity.
After eye drops are given to numb the eyes, a thin incision is made to form a flap in the surface of the cornea with the Intralase laser. The flap is folded back to reveal the cornea’s midsection, called the stroma. Next, an excimer laser is used to remove a thin layer of the stroma. Guided by a sophisticated computer, this cool laser beam can reshape with curvature of the cornea by removing microscopic amounts of tissue without damaging surrounding areas. The excimer laser is so precise that each pulse can remove 39 millionths of an inch of tissue. It would take 200 excimer laser pulses to cut through a single human strand of hair. Finally, the flap is repositioned and, due to the cornea’s extraordinary bonding qualities, the flap remains in position without stitches.
Typical Results of LASIK
The vast majority of patients who have LASIK achieve between 20/20 and 20/40 vision without glasses or contact lenses. Studies show that over 90 percent of patients who have had vision correction surgery are able to pass a standard driver’s license eye exam (which generally requires 20/40 vision or better) without corrective lenses.
Although LASIK will not prevent age-related eye conditions or diseases, results are usually permanent. Most patients return to their normal daily activities the day after surgery. As with any surgical procedure, however, there are some risks involved with LASIK, which Dr. Kaufman reviews with each patient prior to the procedure.
Dr. Kaufman is proud to offer the most advanced technology to our patients, the VISX Star S4™ CustomVue™ laser technology, and he was the first person in Northeast Georgia to perform the CustomVue™ LASIK procedure. Utilizing WaveScan® technology, this revolutionary product tailors a distinct correction for each patient and provides 25 times more precision than standard measurements used for glasses and contacts. WaveScan® technology produces a detailed map of the eye, much like a fingerprint. With the CustomVue™ procedure, no two “prescriptions” are identical. The laser also combines variable spot scanning and ActiveTrak® 3-D Eye Tracking to provide the best possible treatment options. According to the FDA clinical trial for myopic patients, well over 90 percent of those who underwent the CustomVue™ procedure noted vision of 20/20 or better at one year after treatment. Dr. Kaufman is also proud to offer the Intralase technology for LASIK flap creation. This offers unparalleled control for safer precision-designed treatments and offers outstanding visual outcomes.
For more information about LASIK or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Kaufman, please contact the North Georgia Eye Clinic today.