LASIK/IOLS

LASIK and multi-focal intraocular lens (IOL) are FDA-approved surgeries that correct refractive errors and reduce dependency on eyeglasses and contacts. Today’s Vision doctors do not perform these surgeries, but co-manage with eye surgeons and provide pre-testing and follow-up care. LASIK benefits those 20 to 40 years old by reshaping the exterior of the cornea with special lasers. However, LASIK patients may need reading glasses as presbyopia occurs in their 40s. Multi-focal IOL surgery helps those 50 and older by removing the material inside the lens (which will ultimately become a cataract) and replacing with a unique lens that permits near, intermediate and distance vision. These patients will not need cataract surgery in their later years.

LASIK gained FDA approval in the 1990s and is highly successful for myopic (nearsighted) patients. The FDA approved the first IOL in the early 2000s. Consult your Today’s Vision optometrist to see if you are a candidate.

A smiiling LASIK/IOL patient - Today's Vision is the one to see for Lasik/IOLs

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.

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?

Up close image of a LASIK patient's eye

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.