For those people that suffer from myopia, or nearsightedness the most common treatment is the use of corrective lenses in the form of eyeglasses or contact lenses, which have been the standard treatments for decades (centuries in the case of glasses). A new standard treatment has emerged over the past couple of decades – refractory surgery using lasers to reshape the cornea to cure myopia, hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) is the most commonly performed type of refractory surgery. Philadelphia LASIK surgery done by our doctors at IC Laser Eye care is the standard by which all refractory eye surgery is measured.
Philadelphia LASIK surgery begins with a consultation with our doctor to see if the patient is a good candidate for the procedure. The procedure itself starts with our doctor making high-definition digital images of the eye’s unique shape and topography, which are used to calibrate the laser. Our doctor uses a laser to create a very thin flap in the surface of the cornea. The flap is gently folded back to reveal the underlying corneal tissue. Our doctor then uses an excimer laser to remove microscopic bits of tissue and restore a normal shape to the cornea. When he is finished reshaping the cornea, he repositions the flap over the eye, and it seals itself naturally. No stitches or sutures are needed.
The Philadelphia LASIK surgery procedure that our practice generally uses differs somewhat from the traditional LASIK surgery. Traditional LASIK surgery uses a surgical instrument, a microkeratome,with an oscillating blade to cut the initial flap in the cornea’s surface but our practice uses a bladeless laser to do the same thing, eliminating the chance of human error. Also, we were the first practice to use the 500 Hertz excimer laser, which is the newest ands fastest technology available. Contact our office to set up an appointment with our doctor to find out if you are a candidate for LASIK.