What is laser vision correction?
Laser vision correction is a procedure that improves vision by permanently changing the shape of the cornea (the clear covering of the eye) with laser. This is often referred to as Lasek or Lasik. It is the most commonly performed type of laser procedure and an effective treatment for a wide range of vision problems.
What is laser?
A laser is a technology that utilizes ultraviolet light to precisely reshape the inner layers of the cornea. The reshaping is capable of correcting nearsighted, farsighted and astigmatism conditions using the custom vue procedure.
How does the laser know what to correct in my eyes?
Laser vision correction is based on precise measurements of the imperfections in your vision. These measurements are taken with a powerful measurement tool known as the wave scan.
Is laser vision correction permanent?
Yes, laser vision correction results in a permanent change to the shape of the cornea. However, laser vision correction will not prevent age related conditions such as presbyopia (the need for reading glases) or cataracts. These conditions would still be treated in their normal manner. If you are over 40, you may want to consider monovision.
Is laser vision correction safe?
No surgical procedure is without risk. Serious complications with LASIK or LASEK are extremely rare. The chance of having a vision reduction complication is much less than one percent. Many of the risks and complications associated with these procedures can be eliminated or reduced through our careful patient selection as well as our thorough pre-operative testing with our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.
You may experience some visual side effects after laser vision correction. These are usually mild and most often diminish a few days to a few weeks following your procedure. The most common side effects of laser vision correction are "halo" effect and some glare at night around lights. These are related to the area of treatment on the surface of the eye and the size of your pupil in dim lighting. However, these problems are no worse than what most contact lens and eyeglass wearers often experience.
What can I expect my vision to be following laser vision correction?
The goal of any refractive surgical procedure is to reduce your dependence on corrective lenses. However, no one can guarantee a result of 20/20 vision. Our results have been overwhelmingly successful in eliminating or reducing dependence on glasses or contact lenses! SOUTH FLORIDA LASER EYE CENTER will not perform a laser vision correction on anyone we feel does not have a good possibility of achieving independence from glasses or contact lenses. The vast majority of our patients are extremely happy with their results and can do most activities without dependence on corrective lenses after laser vision correction.
Are all laser centers the same?
No. Many of the discount laser centers feel that surgeon experience, type of laser, diagnostic technology and follow-up care don't matter. At SOUTH FLORIDA LASER EYE CENTER we want you to make your decision very carefully, not quickly, since it will affect the way you see for the rest of your life. LASIK/LASEK marketing can at times be misleading and knowing what to ask before moving forward can be of great benefit to all prospective patients. We encourage you to visit other laser centers and suggest you visit ours. We will inform you of important considerations to help you know what to look for in a laser center. We feel the more you know about us, the more confident you will feel about choosing SOUTH FLORIDA LASER EYE CENTER to be your laser vision correction provider.
What are the long-term effects of laser vision correction?
Laser vision correction has been performed since 1987. The FDA has approved the use of the excimer laser and recognized laser vision correction as being safe and effective for the treatment of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism in eligible patients.