LASIK Surgery: Which Method Will My Eye Doctor Use?
If you are among the 150 million plus Americans who use corrective eyewear to compensate for visual refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, you may have, at some point, considered the possibility of LASIK laser vision correction. According to our eye care physician John J. DeStafeno, MD, candidacy for LASIK can be easily determined through a thorough eye examination. Communication with your eye surgeon is also essential.
“Many patients do not tolerate contact lenses due to dryness, allergy, or repeated infections,” says Dr. DeStafeno. “In addition, glasses may reduce the field of vision or lead to image size differences that affect the quality of vision. Several, or all of these issues may be avoided after LASIK. LASIK has been shown to improve some quality of life measures due to the freedom from vision correction aids.”
At our ophthalmology practice, we offer the latest surgical advancements in the field of LASIK surgery, including IntraLase™ (all-laser LASIK) and CustomVue™ Wavefront LASIK. “LASIK requires a partial thickness incision, termed a flap, to expose the portion of the cornea that is reshaped by the laser,” Dr. DeStafeno explains. “The two methods available for flap creation are the microkeratome or IntraLase™.”
Dr. DeStafeno also says that he uses IntraLase™ to create nearly all corneal flaps for LASIK procedures because of its ability to create more precise surgical incisions. The IntraLase™ method provides numerous other advantages for both the surgeon and patient, such as little to no risk of flap irregularities, and quicker healing post-surgery due to a more secure corneal flap bond.