At Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania, we have a long track record of success in laser vision correction for patients throughout Schuylkill County. Our cornea surgery experts, Adam J. Altman, MD and Jonathan D. Primack, MD, have a combined 32 years of experience with LASIK eye surgery and are the only board certified and cornea fellowship-trained LASIK specialists in the area.
The LASIK procedure involves making a flap in the cornea and reshaping the inner tissue. This has traditionally been done with a hand-held mechanical instrument, called a microkeratome, which contains a metal blade. However, dramatic advances in laser technology and surgical techniques have made more options available for correcting vision problems.
Dr. Altman’s and Dr. Primack’s preferred technique for laser vision correction is the state-of-the-art bladeless, also called “all-laser,” LASIK procedure, which modifies the curvature of your cornea with cool laser beams instead of a surgical blade. This state-of-the-art bladeless technique provides an unprecedented level of safety, precision, and comfort.
If you’re considering LASIK, you probably have some questions.
- What is Bladeless LASIK?
Bladeless LASIK is the most modern technology for safe, accurate and customized vision correction. No surgical blade is used. Instead, the surgeon focuses cool laser energy from a Femtosecond laser onto the cornea to cut the flap. The laser painlessly creates a very precise corneal flap and allows for greater corneal stability and the treatment of higher levels of correction. It also reduces the risks associated with a blade passing through the surface of the eye.
Drs. Primack and Altman are the most experienced refractive surgeons in the region to perform Bladeless LASIK on-site in the convenience of their fully-licensed outpatient surgical facility in Wyomissing.
- Are You a Good Candidate for LASIK?
Laser vision correction has provided excellent results for millions of people (over 17 million in the U.S. alone). If you are at least 18 years old, have not had previous eye surgery and have never been diagnosed with an eye disease (such as glaucoma or cataracts), you may be a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery, but the procedure is not for everyone. Some people have thin corneas, extremely poor vision, histories of infections or health problems, abnormal eye conditions or other issues that simply make them poor candidates for LASIK. In these cases, your doctor can discuss other surgical and non-surgical alternatives with you.
- Is LASIK Safe?
Every surgery comes with some risks but, when performed by a highly-qualified and skilled surgeon, such as Dr. Primack or Dr. Altman, LASIK surgery is one of the safest eye procedures. Because LASIK technology has vastly improved over the years, your risk of complications is very low. Over 99% of LASIK patients experience no complications at all and are delighted with the improvement in their vision.
- Is LASIK Painful?
Most patients are surprised to find that LASIK eye surgery is quick and painless. For the procedure, the surgeon will numb your eyes with anesthetic eye drops, and you will not feel any discomfort. The device that is used to cushion your eyelids during surgery, called a speculum, and the clicking sound of the laser may be more annoying than anything else. Some people feel a little pressure during the 15 to 30 minute surgery, but there is never any pain. After surgery, any minor irritation you may feel can be alleviated with artificial tears and a good night’s sleep.
- How Long Does LASIK Surgery Last?
LASIK surgery restores vision in nearly every patient, but the procedure does not change the normal aging problems that may arise years down the road. Most people, including LASIK patients, will require reading glasses after the age of 50, and some people will develop cataracts as they age. Regular checkups with your eye doctor can help diagnose and treat these age-related eye problems early.
In Schuylkill County, the cornea specialists at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania have the skills and experience to deliver good outcomes from your LASIK eye surgery. Contact us to schedule a free consultation and get started on the road to better vision.