Imagine opening your eyes in the morning and seeing a clear, new day – unaided by eyeglasses or contact lenses! With custom LASIK surgery at Maumee Eye Clinic near Toledo, Ohio, you may be able to free yourself from the hassles of glasses and contact lenses. LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) is a safe, effective option for many people, and Dr. Kristopher Kelly is committed to providing LASIK surgery patients with the highest-quality personal care.
Any procedure that changes the refractive status of the eye is considered a refractive procedure. Refractive can include nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.
When light rays pass through the cornea, pupil and lens and focus directly on the retina, the result is clear vision.
Nearsightedness (myopia) occurs when the light rays focus in front of the retina causing blurry distance vision – a result of the cornea being too curved or the eye too long.
When a person has blurry close vision, they have farsightedness (hyperopia). The cornea is flat in relation to the length of the eye, causing light rays to focus beyond the retina. With farsightedness, objects far away may be blurred but up close vision is even more blurred.
A person can have astigmatism, an irregular curvature of the cornea, causing a person’s vision to be blurred at all distances. Astigmatism results in blurry and often distorted vision because the light rays do not focus on any point.
With refractive surgery, our goal is to reduce or eliminate the need for eye glasses or contact lenses. Many patients see 20/40 or better post-operatively, but individual results cannot be guaranteed. This surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, with most people returning to work within 1 to 3 days.
We know that the decision of whether or not to undergo LASIK surgery can be a bit intimidating. Dr. Kelly is sincerely committed to providing the best in LASIK technology for your safety and comfort.
At Maumee Eye Clinic, we first determine whether LASIK surgery is right for you. We're not interested in being "a LASIK mill." Your vision is too important to us. Your initial consultation with our LASIK Coordinator will include several screening tests to see if you are a candidate for LASIK. If you are not, other surgical options may be presented to you. Feel free to prepare a list of questions that you may have about your different options
The iLASIK procedure is one of the most precise medical procedures performed today. iLASIK surgeons now have precise tools to painlessly measure and map the uniqueness of both of your eyes – down to the most minute characteristics that are individual to you. 3D mapping technology literally creates a blueprint (or fingerprint) of your eye, allowing our iLASIK surgeon to then custom-fit the iLASIK procedure for each of your eyes.
The blueprint of your eye is acquired by using a diagnostic laser called a WaveScan WaveFront®. WaveScan technology provides a measurement and a visual representation of your vision based on the behavior of light waves. It compares light passing through your eye to the same pattern from an eye that needs no vision correction. The WavePrint Map is the output of the WaveScan. It captures the unique imperfections of a person's visual pathway.
The IntraLase® FS Laser provides a less invasive, computer-controlled approach to the important first step of iLASIK, the creation of the flap. This step, traditionally performed with a surgical blade, has now been enhanced by the laser's micron level of accuracy, making every procedure more predictable. This remarkable precision, provided by IntraLase technology, enables you to choose laser vision correction with confidence.
The STAR S4 IR® Excimer Laser system is designed to bring CustomVue™ individualized laser vision correction to life, using natural pupil dilation, a time saving and treatment advantage. Technologies like Active Trak 3-D eye tracking, automatic centering, Variable Spot Scanning, Variable Repetition Rate and Iris Registration add to the laser's already remarkable precision. We keep our eye on the ongoing research and development and continual advances to bring you the best in laser vision correction.
The iLASIK procedure itself is revolutionized by the use of the two computer-guided lasers-instead of one as in earlier generations of LASIK. The IntraLase creates a thin corneal flap, which is folded back to allow the Excimer laser to correct your vision based on the exact specification/measurements of your eye(s).The procedure takes just minutes. Patients experience a quick virtually painless procedure with the potential of 20/20 or better vision and outstanding safety as a result of reduced flap complications.
FAQ about iLASIK
Which patients are good candidates for iLASIK?
There are 290 million candidates for iLASIK around the world. If you are 21 years old or older and wear glasses or contact lenses to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or mixed astigmatism, you may benefit from iLASIK. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our office to see if you are a candidate and to discuss your surgical options.
Is iLASIK safe?
The technology used on the iLASIK procedure is very mature; the systems used today have been in use for years and are very safe. Doctors have been performing LASIK for over a decade. Over 32 million LASIK procedures have been performed to date, making it the most common elective vision procedure in the United States. In fact, all branches of the military and NASA recently approved LASIK for their service men and women, thanks to studies using iLASIK technology.
What are the advantages of iLASIK?
The iLASIK procedure is tailor-made just for you, your vision and the unique characteristics of your two individual eyes. 3-D mapping, precise measurements and the use of two of the most advanced lasers differentiate iLASIK from all others procedures. Consumers not only require 20/20 (or better) vision for their active lifestyles, but also prefer not to be bothered with the daily inconvenience of glasses and contacts.
Does iLASIK hurt?
No. The iLASIK procedure is nearly painless. Usually, patients complain only of mild discomfort which can be controlled with medication. Before the procedure, the patient will be given an oral sedative to help alleviate anxiety. Topical eye drops are used to numb the eyes. The procedure only lasts a few minutes, and the feeling is more like pressure rather than pain, felt at the beginning of the procedure for less than a minute. Afterward, pain medication is typically not needed. To aid in the healing process and to help prevent infection, we prescribe antibiotic and steroid eye drops. The patient also needs to wear a protective eye patch or shield during the first night to avoid rubbing the corrected eye.
How long does the procedure take to complete?
The procedure is extremely quick! It only takes 15 to 40 seconds to create each flap and another 15 to 40 seconds per eye to correct the vision. However, the patient will be in the treatment area for 20 to 30 minutes. The entire appointment will last approximately 1 hour, and afterward, the patient will need to be driven home.
How soon can a patient go back to normal activities, such as work?
Immediately afterward, the patient needs to go home and rest. The next day, you will return to the office for a post-op visit. After this appointment, patients can resume normal activities and return to work as long as they are in a clean environment. Some patients may notice improved vision at the post-op visit, but clear vision usually takes about a week or two to develop.
What kind of results can be expected?
Clinical studies have shown that one year after treatment:
- 100% of nearsighted patients and more than 95% of all clinical study patients could pass a driving test without glasses or contact lenses.
- 98% of mild-to-moderate nearsighted patients and almost three-quarters of all clinical study patients could see 20/20 or better without glasses or contact lenses.
- Four times as many mild-to-moderately nearsighted participants were very satisfied with their night vision after treatment compared to their night vision before treatment with glasses or contact lenses.
Patients should have realistic expectations going into the procedure. While 20/20 vision has been achieved for most patients, it is not guaranteed for all patients. Improved vision and reduced dependency on eyeglasses and contacts can be expected, but allow months for vision to completely stabilize.
What are the risks associated with iLASIK?
Only a small number of patients have reportedly experienced complications as a result of the LASIK eye surgery. Some risks of LASIK may include:
- Sensitivity to light
- Glared vision
- Dry eyes
- Loss of visual clarity
- Irregular astigmatism
Fortunately, with today’s advancements in technology, complications with LASIK are drastically reduced. To date, there have been no reports of blindness caused by the LASIK procedure.