What Is iLasik?
iLASIK and LASIK Vision Correction
Today’s Vision Pearland is proud to offer iLASIK. Approved by NASA to correct vision for its own astronauts and the United States Department of Defense for its Air Force and Navy pilots, the iLASIK procedure is one of the most exciting developments in bladeless laser vision correction. We are excited to offer this safe, more precise laser vision correction treatment to our patients.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure itself takes approximately 4 to 5 minutes per eye, but you will be at the center for 2 hours due to pre and post op.
Who is a good candidate for LASIK Vision Correction?
In general, a good candidate is an individual whose prescription has been stable for one year. We treat patients with myopia up to -12.00, hyperopia up to +4 and an astigmatism as high as 6.00 diopters. A patient should not be pregnant, nursing or have any unstable medical conditions, or any uncontrolled eye diseases.
What does LASIK cost?
Please contact one of our LASIK counselors for specific information concerning your procedure. You may reach them at 281-485-2020.
Does LASIK hurt?
Before the LASIK procedure begins, we will numb your eye with anesthetic drops. You may feel a pressure sensation as the corneal flap is being made, but actual pain is extremely rare. Some patients may experience a little discomfort after the procedure, but sleep and lubricating eye drops as well as Advil or Tylenol is usually sufficient to take care of any discomfort.
Should I have both eyes done at once?
LASIK is usually done on both eyes at the same time. We suggest you have both done at the same time so that you will not experience any visual imbalance and a minimum amount of time off work.
What if I move my eye during the procedure?
With the VISX S4 active Trak laser system you do not have to worry about eye movements. The laser’s tracking system is designed to follow any eye movements and maintain your precise treatment.
When can I resume normal activities?
You can resume most normal activities such as driving, working and reading the day after surgery. For women, eye make-up cannot be worn for one week. Swimming or contact sports should be delayed for 2 weeks.
What kind of vision can I expect and has anyone ever gone blind?
Each person’s eyes are different, but the goal of the doctors at the Today’s Vision Pearland is to give the patient their best-corrected visual acuity possible. The statistics on LASIK are 98% of patients are 20/40 or better with no glasses or contact lens and 74% are 20/20 or better with Custom LASIK.
As with any surgicial procedure there are risks associated with CustomVue TM treatments. Please read the following information for risks & contraindication:
Most patients are very pleased with the results of their refractive surgery. However, like any other medical procedure, there are risks involved. That’s why it is important for you to understand the limitations and possible complications of refractive surgery. Before undergoing a refractive procedure, you should carefully weigh the risks and benefits based on your own personal value system, and try to avoid being influenced by friends that have had the procedure or doctors encouraging you to do so.
Some patients lose vision. Some patients lose lines of vision on the vision chart that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery as a result of treatment.
Some patients develop debilitating visual symptoms. Some patients develop glare, halos, and/or double vision that can seriously affect nighttime vision. Even with good vision on the vision chart, some patients do not see as well in situations of low contrast, such as at night or in fog, after treatment as compared to before treatment.
You may be under treated or over treated. Only a certain percent of patients achieve 20/20 vision without glasses or contacts. You may require additional treatment, but additional treatment may not be possible. You may still need glasses or contact lenses after surgery. This may be true even if you only required a very weak prescription before surgery. If you used reading glasses before surgery, you may still need reading glasses after surgery.
Some patients may develop severe dry eye syndrome. As a result of surgery, your eye may not be able to produce enough tears to keep the eye moist and comfortable. Dry eye not only causes discomfort, but can reduce visual quality due to intermittent blurring and other visual symptoms. This condition may be permanent. Intensive drop therapy and use of plugs or other procedures may be required.
Results are generally not as good in patients with very large refractive errors of any type. You should discuss your expectations with your doctor and realize that you may still require glasses or contacts after the surgery.
For some farsighted patients, results may diminish with age. If you are farsighted, the level of improved vision you experience after surgery may decrease with age. This can occur if your manifest refraction (a vision exam with lenses before dilating drops) is very different from your cycloplegic refraction (a vision exam with lenses after dilating drops).
Long-term data are not available. LASIK is a relatively new technology. The first laser was approved for LASIK eye surgery in 1998. Therefore, the long-term safety and effectiveness of LASIK surgery is not known.
As with any surgical procedure there are risks associated with CustomVue TM treatments. It is important to discuss these risks with your doctor before you make the decision to have the surgery. If the results of the surgery are not satisfactory, you may need to have additional laser treatment in the same eye. Your doctor may perform CustomVue LASIK for both eyes. However, sometimes it is better to have this procedure done on only one eye. Talk with your doctor about whether it would be better to treat one or both of your eyes.
Some risks are related to the creation of the corneal flap. Corneal flap complications include but are not limited to: cutting an incomplete, irregular flap or free flap; misalignment of the flap; and perforation of the cornea. Corneal flap complications range in severity from those that simply require the treatment to be postponed for several months, to those which create corneal irregularities resulting in permanently blurred vision.
You may need reading glasses after laser surgery even if you did not wear them before. Your vision may not be perfect, and you may need to wear glasses or contact lenses for some activities even after laser vision correction.
If you have any of the following situations or conditions you should not have LASIK because the risk is greater than the benefit:
You are pregnant or nursing, because these conditions may cause temporary and unpredictable changes in your cornea and a LASIK treatment may improperly change the shape of your cornea.
You have collagen vascular disease (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis), autoimmune disease (e.g., lupus), or immunodeficiency disease (e.g., AIDS), because these conditions affect the body’s ability to heal.
You show signs of keratoconus or any other condition that causes a thinning of your cornea. This condition can lead to serious corneal problems during and after LASIK surgery. It may result in need for additional surgery and may result in poor vision after LASIK.
You are taking medications with ocular side effects, e.g., isotretinoin (Accutane®*) for acne treatment or amiodarone hydrochloride (Cordarone®t)for normalizing heart rhythm, because they may affect the accuracy of the LASIK treatment or the way your cornea heals after LASIK. This may result in poor vision after LASIK.
Your corneas are thin. If your corneas are too thin to allow your doctor to cut a proper flap in the LASIK procedure, you can’t have LASIK because it is necessary to have a flap.