If you are considering LASIK eye surgery in Lancaster, PA, your first step should be to choose a qualified surgeon who can evaluate whether the procedure is right for you.
Drs. Altman and Primack at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania are the most experienced refractive surgeons in the region and can determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK, PRK (similar to LASIK but without the flap), or another vision correction procedure.
Your surgical outcome and your satisfaction will depend on your suitability as a LASIK candidate. Eyes are completely unique, like fingerprints, and the doctor must evaluate the degree of your refractive error, the size of your pupils, and the thickness of your cornea in order to decide which laser and surgical technique will be best for you. These factors are never the same for all patients.
At Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania, we have an excellent track record of success in laser vision correction for patients in Lancaster, Ephrata, Elizabethtown, Reading, Wyomissing, and beyond. Our cornea surgery experts, Adam J. Altman, MD and Jonathan D. Primack, MD, have a combined 32 years of LASIK experience and are the only board certified and cornea fellowship-trained LASIK specialists in the area.
Following are some of the most common questions about Bladeless Lasik:
- Why is it called “bladeless” LASIK?
Bladeless LASIK is the most modern technology for safe, accurate and customized vision correction. Unlike the older, conventional LASIK method, no surgical blade is used. Instead, the surgeon uses two different types of lasers to perform the procedure.
First, the surgeon uses computer software to guide cool laser energy from a femtosecond laser to cut a flap in the cornea. Then the flap is folded back, and beams from an excimer laser are applied to the exposed eye surface to remove tissue and alter the shape of the cornea.
The laser is able to make very precise cuts which may reduce the risks associated with a handheld blade passing through the surface of the eye. Lasers also allow for higher levels of correction than can be accomplished manually.
- Am I a candidate for bladeless LASIK surgery?
Patients who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism can most likely be treated with one of our laser techniques. The only way to know for sure if you are a good candidate is to schedule an evaluation with our cornea specialists. Dr. Altman and Dr. Primack are very conservative in selecting patients for laser vision correction and must first thoroughly evaluate your eyes by testing for corneal thickness, pupil size, refractive error, etc.
- Does insurance cover bladeless LASIK or other laser vision correction?
Most vision plans still consider laser vision correction surgery, such as LASIK and PRK, to be an elective procedure and do not cover the expense. Some insurance companies have added coverage; however you will have to contact your insurance company to find out if your plan contains a benefit for LASIK.
- Does the procedure hurt?
Anesthetizing eye drop are used during LASIK surgery, so it is not painful. Some people feel a little pressure during the 15 to 30 minute surgery, but are surprised to find that LASIK eye surgery is quick and painless. After surgery, your eyes may feel a little scratchy or dry, and your vision may not be completely clear. These are normal, temporary symptoms and will typically disappear within a few days.
- Can both eyes be done at the same time?
Yes. The state-of-the-art laser technology allows both eyes to be treated in the same surgery session, one right after the other.
If you are in Lancaster, PA or in the surrounding area and have more questions about LASIK eye surgery, schedule a free consultation at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania and our cornea specialists will be happy to discuss them in-depth with you.