Welcome to the second in our Simplifying LASIK Basics series. In this edition, we’ll highlight what the procedure’s like and types of LASIK in a way that should keep it simple. Hopefully it can help you determine what types of questions to ask your doctor as part of your decision to have LASIK performed.
What’s The Procedure Like? Although there’s more to it than this, here are the basics. Big Picture: Laser technology reshapes your cornea so things look sharper and clearer. Who It’s For: Mainly for anyone who is nearsighted, farsighted or has astigmatism. What Happens: A “flap” is created in the cornea, then the flap is gently lifted and folded back, and the cornea is reshaped using laser pulses to correct focusing problems in the eye. On average, it takes approximately 5 minutes, and may take slightly longer if your vision problems are more severe.
Types Of LASIK. Essentially, there are three basic types of LASIK, each designed to do what LASIK is supposed to do – help you see better, possibly better than you ever have with less dependency on glasses or contact lenses. You may have seen types of LASIK referred to this way: Conventional LASIK, Wavefront-Optimized LASIK, and Wavefront-Guided LASIK (also called Custom LASIK).
Which Type Of LASIK Is Best? Different doctors may use different types for different reasons. At Eye Consultants of Texas, we use a system based on Custom LASIK. It brings together two highly advanced technologies for a procedure branded “iLASIK.” Dr. Labor selected this after careful evaluation, mainly because it has proven to be more efficient and successful than other LASIK technologies he has used. But also, because of what it was designed to do – give the surgeon more control in customizing the procedure to each patient’s eye to get the best results. While the technology itself is extremely important, it’s even more important that your doctor has the skill and expertise to use it! Having been the first in the U.S., Texas, or locally to perform new procedures, Dr. Labor does his homework, and trains extensively on new technologies and advancements before ever putting them to use.
Until our next Simplifying LASIK Basics blog, if you’d like to know more about LASIK at Eye Consultants of Texas, please call our office in Grapevine at 877-516-4364. We’re conveniently located to Dallas/Fort Worth.
This blog is a broad overview of LASIK surgery for general informational purposes only. In no way is it intended as actual medical advice. Always seek a medical or eye care professional for advisement based on your individual health and specific eye care needs.