LASIK is an exciting addition to modern refractive surgery. LASIK stands for Laser Assisted In-situ Keratomilieus and has been the most successful method of correcting vision in recent history. This technique has been in use worldwide since 1990. In 1996, Robert K. Butryn, MD and Amy S. Ranger, MD were among the first in the nation to become certified and offer LASIK to their patients. Northern Vision Eye Care was the first to offer LASIK in Northern Michigan and owns the only stationary Excimer laser, a VISX Star S4, in Northern Michigan. It’s used to perform individualized LASIK with CustomVue technology. All-Laser LASIK, which uses a femtosecond laser to create the flap, was added in 2012.
The first step in performing LASIK involves creating a very thin corneal flap. The flap is then lifted and the excimer laser reshapes the cornea in a matter of seconds without any discomfort. Once the treatment is completed, the flap is replaced and allowed to seal itself into position in just minutes. Both eyes are typically completed within 10-15 minutes.
CustomVue LASIK helps to increase accuracy, reduce the incidence of glare and halos, and increases the likelihood of better than 20/20 vision. Custom LASIK uses computer analysis of the eye’s unique visual input to calculate the treatment. Traditional LASIK, on the other hand, uses the glasses or contact lens prescription to calculate the treatment.
Visual recovery is generally rapid with only a small amount of irritation and tearing immediately after LASIK and after a few hours of resting the eyes shut, most patients are able to comfortably use their eyes. Vision by next day is usually very good, and most patients are able to return to normal activities.
Contact us today to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for LASIK.