If you are over 21 years old and have myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) with or without astigmatism, you may be a candidate for laser vision correction. Laser eye surgery can reduce and potentially eliminate refractive errors in some patients.
All laser vision correction surgeries work by reshaping the cornea, the clear front part of the eyes, so that light traveling through it is properly focused onto the retina, located in the back of the eye. LASIK has many benefits. Please take a look at our patient screening guidelines for Lasik surgery to see if you are a possible candidate for this state of the art procedure.
Prior to your procedure, Dr. Rodman will examine your eyes to determine if you are a good candidate for the laser eye surgery. Dr. Rodman performs bladeless Lasik procedures giving his patients the best surgical results.
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All LASIK candidates must first go through a preoperative LASIK eye exam with Dr. Rodman to help determine their eligibility for LASIK eye surgery.
- You must be over 21 years of age and prescription has been stable for 2 years.
- You must meet FDA guidelines for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
- Your eyes should have a healthy retina, eye pressure and the cornea must have sufficient thickness
All-Laser LASIK: (Laser Assisted In-situ Keratomileusis) LASIK is used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Dr. Rodman performs every Lasik procedure completely bladeless, using the Intralase Femtosecond Laser. A flap is created on the surface of your cornea and this acts as a natural bandage after the procedure is completed. Most patients have LASIK on both eyes the same day.
PRK: (Photorefractive Keratectomy) PRK is similar to LASIK but instead of a flap being created during the LASIK procedure, during PRK the surface cells of the cornea(epithelium) are removed. Because a flap is not created with the PRK procedure, a soft contact lens is placed on the eye to act as a “band aid” to promote healing. The contact is removed one week after the laser procedure. Both LASIK and PRK are equally successful procedures, however the healing process is longer with PRK and one eye is usually treated first and then several weeks later the other eye is treated.
MONOVISION: This procedure is performed when a patient chooses to have vision correction surgery allowing them to have correction in one eye for distance and the other eye for intermediate. This allows patients the ability to see distance and intermediate vision. Typically LASIK and PRK are performed to correct distance, so monovision may be an option for some patients. Not all patients are comfortable with this and Dr. Rodman will have the patient use monovision contact lenses prior to surgery to simulate.
Before LASIK eye surgery, you will meet with Dr. Rodman who will discuss what to expect during and after the procedure. During this session, your medical history will be evaluated and you will have a complete eye exam. Initial testing to determine the corneal thickness, refraction, corneal mapping, air pressure and pupil dilation will be determined.
During LASIK eye surgery, Dr. Rodman will use the femtosecond laser to create a thin flap in the cornea. The cornea is peeled back and the underlying corneal tissue is reshaped so that it can properly focus light onto the retina, the cornea flap is put back in place and the surgery is complete. LASIK is performed under a local anesthesia.
Healing After LASIK eye surgery occurs very rapidly and most patients notice improved vision within a few days of surgery.