If you wear glasses or contact lenses, LASIK eye surgery is a safe and effective option for vision correction. About 96 percent of patients are satisfied with their outcome, and 90 percent of them end up with 20/20 vision or better.
At Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania, our board certified cornea specialists – Adam J. Altman, MD, Jonathan D. Primack, MD, and Kevin J. Shah, MD – have more than 40 combined years of LASIK surgery experience and are the only cornea fellowship-trained LASIK specialists in Berks County, Montgomery County and Schuylkill County.
With a long track record of success in laser vision correction, Drs. Altman, Primack and Shah perform all procedures in the safety and comfort of their on-site laser suite in their fully licensed Wyomissing surgery center.
What is LASIK Eye Surgery?
LASIK surgery is a very short procedure during which the surgeon uses a laser to make corrections to the surface tissue of the cornea. Correcting the steepness of the cornea changes the way light is focused in the eye and may reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses or contacts.
If you are nearsighted (myopia), for example, your cornea is too steep, and it can be difficult to see things far away. LASIK surgery will flatten the central cornea to improve your distance vision.
If you are farsighted (hyperopia), your cornea is too flat, which makes it difficult to see things up close. LASIK can increase or steepen the curvature of the cornea to sharpen your near vision.
If you have astigmatism, your cornea is irregularly curved, causing your vision to be out of focus. LASIK can make the cornea smooth and symmetrical and provide clear, crisp vision.
A good LASIK surgery outcome will depend on several factors, including the surgeon’s experience, the quality, technology and safety standards of the surgical center, and how carefully the doctor evaluates your eyes before surgery. The only way to know for sure if you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery is to schedule an evaluation with our cornea specialists.
What is “Bladeless” or “All Laser” Custom LASIK?
Drs. Altman, Primack and Shah prefer Bladeless Custom LASIK, also called “all-laser” LASIK, for the majority of their patients at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania.
This state-of-the-art technique, which modifies the curvature of the cornea using a laser instead of a surgical blade, is the most modern technology for safe, accurate and customized vision correction.
In Bladeless Custom LASIK, the cool beams of a femtosecond laser are used to cut a thin, hinged flap into the surface of the cornea. The flap is then folded over and the surgeon applies energy pulses from a computer-guided excimer laser to reshape the cornea and improve vision imperfections. The procedure allows for greater corneal stability and the treatment of higher levels of correction.
Most patients are surprised to find that LASIK eye surgery is quick and painless. After surgery, any minor irritation you may feel can be alleviated with artificial tears and a good night’s sleep.
If you are considering LASIK eye surgery, schedule an evaluation at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania to discuss the treatment with one of our highly skilled specialists. If LASIK is not the best solution, other options may help you regain clear vision.