WHAT IS LASIK?
The cornea is the front part of the eye which focuses light to create images on the retina. Refractive errors – nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism – distort these images. In LASIK surgery, an Excimer laser utilizes precise pulses to reshape the cornea after another laser cuts and lifts a flap in the cornea to expose the middle section of the cornea. LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis) has been FDA approved since the 1990s, and works best with nearsighted individuals.
HOW WE CO-MANAGE LASIK
Eye surgery is a specialty performed by selected ophthalmologists. As optometrists, Today’s Vision doctors can help determine a patient’s candidacy for LASIK, perform specialized pre-tests, provide follow-up care and co-manage the LASIK patient. More important, Today’s Vision doctors have evaluated eye surgeons and developed relationships with those who provide the actual surgeries. Additionally, Today’s Vision doctors have developed referrals with eye surgeons who perform intraocular lens (IOL) replacement surgery and cataract surgery.
AM I A CANDIDATE?
Your Today’s Vision doctor will evaluate your candidacy for LASIK. However, a few criteria include: 1) stable vision for one year, 2) 18 years or older, 3) free from eye diseases such as keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disease and herpes, 4) not pregnant, 5) not suffering from continuous dry eye, 6) no eye problems such as amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (muscle imbalance), and 7) no eye injury or infections. Additionally, candidates must have sufficient corneal tissue.