ADVANCED WAVELIGHT LASIK
When it comes to your eyes, you want to educate yourself about treatment options and surgeon expertise. Yes, you’ve lived for years with glasses, and likely experienced frustration with contact lens insertion, cleaning and irritation. LASIK is the dream everyone has to finally enjoy effortless vision.
Dr. Havey is a renowned LASIK surgeon, using today’s most advanced laser technologies. The WaveLight laser combines wavefront-optimized treatment, sophisticated eye-tracking and small- spot shaping for optimal results. We use proprietary technology to uncover unique distortions in your visual system, and treat them with pinpoint accuracy to sculpt your prescription directly onto your cornea.
We use the FS200 femtosecond laser for Step #1 of LASIK. This laser creates a thin flap customized to your unique eye shape, to prepare the cornea for treatment. By separating the collagen bonds in the cornea, we don’t need to use a blade in this critical first step of LASIK.
Based on the digital information from your personalized eye map, an ultra-precise WaveLight excimer laser is used to gently reshape the cornea to the desired curvature. When finished, you’re about 24 hours away from amazing vision!
DOES LASIK HURT?
We use special eye drops that numb your eyes before the procedure. You may feel a slight pressure as we correct your vision, but no pain. Afterwards, we ask you to go home and sleep to allow your eyes to quickly heal. No reading, or looking at computer screens for that first 24 hours. Watching TV or napping are fine. You may experience some scratchiness or light sensitivity for the first few days, but this is completely normal. You should be seeing well enough the next morning to drive yourself in for your post-op visit.
CAN LASIK FIX ASTIGMATISM?
Modern LASIK can correct very high levels of astigmatism, something that was not possible with earlier technologies. During your consultation, we will identify your astigmatism, and discuss treatment options.
HOW MUCH DOES LASIK COST?
The cost varies by patient, depending on the specific procedure and technology chosen. We will give you exact pricing during your free consultation.
LASIK is considered an elective procedure, so insurance will generally not cover it. However, some plans have become more generous with their coverage, or your employer may offer a specific benefit. Check with your carrier to be sure.
PRK VS. LASIK
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a type of laser vision correction, very similar to LASIK, but with a different first step. Instead of making a protective flap with a laser, there is no flap. This treatment is often used for people with thin or irregular corneas.
Then, just as with LASIK, the cornea is sculpted with the excimer laser to permanently reshape the cornea. PRK can take a bit longer to heal (1 week for comfortable vision, 1 month for crisp vision), but provides the same long-term results as LASIK.