Achieve Excellence in Vision Correction with Eye Consultants of Atlanta
Have you considered LASIK, laser vision correction?
Have you ever wanted to get rid of your glasses or contacts? Have you ever wanted to play sports and be able to see without the hassle of glasses? Do you get frustrated when your glasses fog up?
If you answered YES to these questions, you should consider LASIK eye surgery. LASIK has helped millions of people to see without glasses and contacts and has been determined safe by the American Academy of Ophthalmology after a 10-year effectiveness study. With LASIK eye surgery at Eye Consultants of Atlanta, you can achieve your personal best vision. If you are seeking an Atlanta LASIK eye surgery specialist, we have vision correction staff that can address and answer any of your questions. Additionally you can complete our LASIK self-evaluation test and one of our LASIK coordinators will be happy to call you back.
At Eye Consultants of Atlanta, our focus is on helping you achieve your very best vision. Offering state-of-the-art technology and unparalleled patient care, Eye Consultants of Atlanta can provide you with world class LASIK surgeons and excellence in patient care. Our LASIK surgeons are fellowship trained corneal surgeons, having spent additional years of training in corneal and refractive surgical techniques, making them the most qualified in the area to perform any corneal procedure, including LASIK.
What is LASIK?
LASIK (Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis) is currently one of the most frequently performed elective procedures in the United States. It is a highly effective outpatient procedure used to correct most ranges of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASIK is an outpatient surgical procedure that uses a cool laser beam to gently reshape the surface of the cornea. This causes little or no discomfort and improves vision. The beam gently pulses to remove a microscopic amount of tissue, allowing images to be more sharply focused on the retina.
The LASIK procedure is generally safe, effective, and has very few side effects. LASIK is a great option for many individuals considering laser vision correction for a variety of personal and professional reasons. LASIK may not promise perfect vision, however, it is a highly successful procedure that can at the very least reduce a person’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The lifestyle benefits can be tremendous for active and social people. These benefits can enable people to more freely pursue their hobbies, sports activities or career options.
LASIK is a non-invasive, refractive procedure using the technology of the excimer laser. This laser produces a beam of cool light to reshape the top layer of the cornea so that images focus correctly on the retina. A computer, controlled by your LASIK eye surgeon, is used to precisely calculate the exact amount of cornea that needs to be removed for each person's individual eyes. Numerous tests will be done on the eyes to achieve the measurements that will be treated with the laser.
Traditionally, LASIK was done using the excimer laser along with a well-known instrument called a microkeratome (a sharp metal blade) to create a corneal flap, beneath which the corneal reshaping was done with the excimer. Eye Consultants uses the most modern, all laser LASIK technique in which the flap is created with a second type of laser, called a femtosecond laser. The femtosecond laser makes the procedure safer and more precise than with a metal blade. The femtosecond laser is programmed to create a thin flap of precise thickness in the outer surface layer of the cornea. The flap is then lifted to expose the deeper layer of cornea to be treated. This corneal flap stays attached to the rest of the cornea by a hinge on one side. The laser is then positioned into place, and delivers a programmed number of pulses of ultraviolet light onto the newly exposed part of the cornea. Each pulse of the laser removes a microscopic layer of cornea. After LASIK surgery is complete, the corneal flap is put back in place. This flap will naturally adhere to the treated cornea, eliminating the need for sutures. Pressure from the eyelid and other factors will hold the flap in place as it heals, minimizing discomfort. The shape of the cornea is now altered, correcting any refractive error and allowing light rays to be focused more precisely on the retina so that images will be seen more sharply.
Most LASIK patients notice a dramatic improvement in their vision immediately after the procedure. However, maximum improvement will occur over the next three to four weeks with the majority occurring in the first 24 hours. Both antibiotic drops and steroid drops will be used for a period of one week following LASIK surgery to ensure proper healing. Artificial tears will also be used abundantly to help keep the cornea smooth and moist during the healing period.
Follow-Up after LASIK
The final outcome and speed of healing of the LASIK procedure is directly related to the care that is taken of the cornea after the procedure. It is very important to keep all postoperative appointments with your doctor. The recommended exam dates following LASIK are:
- One Day
- 2-4 Weeks
- Three Months
- One Year
Additional visits may be scheduled in certain cases requiring closer follow up.
The Pre-Operative LASIK eye exam
LASIK does have restrictions and not everyone is a good candidate. You can use the following guidelines to determine if you would be a good candidate. The only true way we can determine your LASIK candidacy is with a thorough eye health pre-operative LASIK evaluation.
Qualities of Good LASIK patients
- Are candidates that understand the true risks and science of the procedure
- Are NOT pregnant women
- Are patients that wish to discontinue the use of glasses or contact lenses
- Are over the age of 21 and have stable vision
- Are individuals that have a desire to have clear natural vision
- Do NOT have chronic eye diseases such as keratoconus or glaucoma, or severe dry eyes
- Have healthy corneas with a certain level of thickness
- Are patients that will follow through with post-operative care
Patients that are not candidates for LASIK are often qualified for other refractive procedures done at Eye Consultants of Atlanta, such as Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA), Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL), Intacs, or Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE or PreLex).
LASIK patients must have clear expectations of what LASIK can do. These expectations should be discussed with your LASIK eye surgeon or health care professional. Only after a thorough eye consultation will our LASIK eye doctors be able to approve you for our custom LASIK procedure. Please feel free to schedule your LASIK eye surgery consultation anytime!
LASIK Financing: Helping our patients by making LASIK affordable
At Eye Consultants of Atlanta, we strive to make LASIK laser eye surgery affordable for everyone. Our Atlanta practice offers several special payment plans through CareCredit®. Come in or call today to learn more about the financing options available to you.
LASIK Surgery FAQs
Q: Is LASIK eye surgery painful
A: No patients have ever reported pain during LASIK eye surgery with Eye Consultants of Atlanta.
Q: Is LASIK effective
A: LASIK is effective and was concluded to be safe and effective by a 2005 AAO study.
Q: What can I expect from LASIK eye surgery in terms of results
A: You will need to discuss appropriate results with your LASIK surgeon of choice.