Ophthalmology Associates of Bay Ridge is proud to offer the latest techniques in laser vision correction for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Our Brooklyn LASIK surgeon is specially trained to perform bladeless LASIK using Customvue™ Wavefront technology to achieve outstanding clarity of vision using the safest technology available.
The two most commonly performed laser vision correction procedures are LASIK and PRK. These techniques both use the same technology to correct near-sightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. A device called an excimer laser is used to change the shape of the cornea (the clear “window” in front of the eye) in a series of precise laser pulses. In nearsightedness, the laser treatment is directed at the central portion of the cornea, causing it to flatten. In farsightedness, the laser eye surgery is directed at the outer portion of the cornea, causing the central cornea to steepen. The long term visual results after LASIK and PRK are identical.
In LASIK, a thin flap is created in the front portion of the cornea. At Ophthalmology Associates of Bay Ridge, we use the bladeless method of creating the LASIK flap, using a laser called the Intralase. This has numerous safety advantages over the older, traditional blade LASIK. For example, bladeless LASIK allows for the creation of a thinner flap, which is better for corneal integrity. After the corneal flap is lifted, the laser vision correction proceeds, and the corneal flap is then repositioned. The LASIK vision correction procedure is completed in under 10 minutes per eye.
In PRK, also known as surface ablation, the corneal epithelium (surface covering of the cornea) is gently removed without the creation of a flap. The laser treatment proceeds on the surface of the cornea. After the treatment, a contact lens is placed to allow the epithelium to heal over several days. The length of the PRK laser surgery procedure is under 5 minutes per eye. PRK is often recommended in patients with corneas too thin to allow the creation of a LASIK flap.
Ophthalmology Associates of Bay Ridge uses Customvue™ Wavefront technology to achieve the sharpest vision correction possible. In Custom LASIK vision correction, a special instrument called an aberrometer measures all the irregularities in a patient’s optical system and transfers the measurements to the laser. This results in a customized treatment that is unique for every individual. Studies have shown that with Custom LASIK and Custom PRK, patients reach 20/20 vision without glasses 98% of the time.
Am I A Suitable Candidate For Laser Vision Correction?
Most people with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism are good candidates for laser vision correction. In general, to qualify for laser eye surgery, patients should be over 18 with healthy eyes and no significant medical problems. However, a number of measurements need to be performed by your doctor to determine which procedure, if any, is best for you. Ophthalmology Associates of Bay Ridge offers a free LASIK consultation with our experienced LASIK surgeon to determine if you are a good candidate for laser eye surgery. Patients with soft contact lenses should remove their lenses 2 days prior to their consultation. Patients with hard (RGP) contact lenses should remove their lenses at least 2 weeks prior to their laser surgery consultation.
How Much Does Laser Vision Correction Cost?
Our laser vision correction prices start as low as $1500 per eye. With our interest free financing plans, LASIK vision correction has become more affordable than ever.