Brooklyn LASIK Eye Surgery
The doctors at Ophthalmology Associates of Bay Ridge offer the most advanced customized laser vision correction available and are the leaders in Bladeless LASIK surgery.
What is Refractive Surgery (LASIK and PRK)?
Refractive surgery refers to a group of laser procedures designed to accurately correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The major procedures are LASIK eye surgery (Laser in situ Keratomileusis) and PRK eye surgery (Photorefractive Keratectomy).
LASIK and PRK surgery both use a laser to change the curvature of the cornea, which is the clear window in front of the eye. This will cause light to focus on the correct place in the back of the eye, resulting in a clear, sharp image without the need for glasses.
To treat nearsightedness, the laser will flatten the central cornea by removing tissue from the center, moving the focus point from in front of the retina to directly onto the retina. To treat farsightedness, the laser will steepen the central cornea by removing tissue from the outer portions of the cornea, moving the focus point from behind the retina to directly onto the retina, To treat astigmatism, the laser will change the cornea shape to be more spherical (like a basketball instead of a football), so that light has a clear focus point directly onto the retina.
Bladeless LASIK Eye Surgery
In bladeless LASIK surgery, a thin flap is created in the cornea and then lifted to expose the underlying corneal tissue for laser treatment. We are proud to offer the Intralase® bladeless technology for the creation of the LASIK flap. The Intralase® uses a fast, silent laser to create the LASIK flap in a safe, precise manner. After the flap is lifted, a separate laser will be used to shape the corneal surface to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. The LASIK flap is then repositioned. Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops are then placed on the eye. The total length of the LASIK eye surgery procedure is under 20 minutes for both eyes.
PRK Eye Surgery
PRK surgery, otherwise known as surface ablation, is similar to LASIK in that the same laser is used to change the corneal curvature to achieve excellent distance vision. The difference is that in PRK eye surgery, there is no flap created. The corneal surface tissue (epithelium) is gently removed, and the laser treatment proceeds directly underneath the surface. After the laser treatment, a contact lens is placed on the surface for a few days until the surface heals on its own. Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops are then placed on the eye. The total length of the PRK surgery procedure is under 15 minutes for both eyes.
What is Customvue™ (wavefront) LASIK?
Customvue™ LASIK is an exciting new technology that greatly enhances the sharpness of the LASIK treatment. Prior to your laser treatment, a special scanning device called a wavefront analyzer measures your refractive error (eyeglass prescription). Because each eye has a unique set of optical irregularities that interfere with vision, the wavefront analyzer will create a personalized laser treatment profile which will result in optimal vision for each individual patient. With Customvue™ LASIK using our well-regarded VISX Star S4 Activetrak™ laser, 20/20 vision can be achieved as high as 98% of the time without the need for glasses.
Which laser vision correction procedure is appropriate for me? How do I know if I am a candidate?
Both LASIK and PRK eye surgery achieve identical, outstanding visual results for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Your doctor will first determine if you are a candidate for refractive surgery and then discuss which procedure is better for you during your examination at our office. LASIK eye surgery is for patients who are over 18, have no serious health problems, have a stable eyeglass prescription for at least a year, and have no eye diseases such as glaucoma or cataracts.
What are the risks of laser vision correction?
Refractive surgery is a very safe procedure, with over 98% of patients reporting excellent driving vision without the need for eyeglasses. As with all eye surgery, rare sight-threatening complications can occur. The most common side effects after refractive surgery are the development of dry eye or halos when driving at night. These symptoms are usually temporary and resolve after a few months, but sometimes they can persist, but to a lesser extent. Your doctor will determine if you are at increased risk for developing these problems during your preoperative examination.
How do I make an appointment for a free LASIK consultation?
Appointments for a FREE consultation can be made at our Brooklyn office by calling (718) 680-1500. Weekday, evening, and weekend appointments are available for your convenience.