Millions of patients around the world have experienced the life-changing benefits of LASIK eye surgery since it was first approved by the FDA in the 1990s. This safe procedure improves common visual issues such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and even astigmatism by modifying the shape of your eye's cornea. If you want to reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses and contacts, LASIK could be an excellent option.
To find out if LASIK is right for you, call Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates at 732-349-5622 today to schedule your consultation with an experienced LASIK surgeon in New Jersey. We have modern facilities located in Manalapan Township, Brick, Toms, River, and Barnegat for the convenience of our patients.
On this page, you will find information regarding:
- What is LASIK?
- Who is a Good Candidate for LASIK?
- What Should I Expect at My LASIK Consultation?
- How Do I Prepare for LASIK?
- Your LASIK Procedure
- LASIK Recovery and Results
- LASIK and Age-Related Vision Loss
- Common LASIK Questions
- Scheduling Your New Jersey Lasik Eye Surgery Consultation
What is LASIK?
LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis. LASIK procedures use a laser to modify the shape of the eye's cornea, which is the transparent layer the makes up the front of the eye. If you have a refractive vision error, the current shape of your cornea is preventing light from focusing properly on your retina.
Over the last two decades, many modifications and improvements have been made to the procedure. The single biggest improvement has been the introduction of Wavefront-Guided LASIK, or "CustomVue LASIK, " which allows for more accurate and predictable treatments.
At Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates, we use the VISX S4 Excimer Laser System with WaveFront guided refractive surgery to provide our patients with state-of-the-art LASIK procedures. Ultimately, our goal is to offer our patients a relaxing experience with optimum results.
Who is a Good Candidate for LASIK?
Being a good candidate is a significant factor in achieving a successful outcome. We therefore screen our potential patients very carefully. We will perform a thorough eye examination and review your medical history. We will talk with you to make sure you understand the procedure and what to expect from it. Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK, but you may qualify for the procedure if you are:
- Over 18 years of age
- Stable in your prescription (for at least two years)
- Nearsighted, farsighted, and/or astigmatic
- Free of any disease which would impair your healing
- Without scarring on the corneas and have sufficiently thick corneas to accommodate the creation of the LASIK flap
- Free from eye infections or injuries for at least a year prior to surgery
- Aware that no surgery, LASIK included, can have a guaranteed outcome
Many people are great candidates for LASIK. However, if we determine that you are not an ideal candidate, you may still have other options for vision correction such as PRK surgery. We will discuss these additional choices and considerations with you during your consultation.
What Should I Expect at My LASIK Consultation?
Your initial consultation for LASIK typically incorporates a comprehensive dilated eye exam. This exam takes approximately one hour and will consist of a thorough clinical evaluation and diagnostic testing to determine your eligibility.
You will undergo a WaveScan using WaveFront Guided Technology to measure your refractive error (prescription) along with the percentage of higher order aberrations (visual obscurations), which contribute to unclear vision.
After the WaveScan, our surgeon will explain the details of the procedure, including previewing the advanced technology and complete surgical suite used for the surgery. This laser suite is equipped with unmatched climate control abilities including humidity and temperature regulation along with HEPA filtration to maximize air quality and purity during surgery. We also use the Visx S4 Excimer laser, with precise eye tracking and Iris registration functionality.
How Do I Prepare for LASIK?
Once you've been cleared by our staff to schedule your LASIK procedure, the next step is to meet with our refractive director. During this meeting, we will address your financing options and scheduling opportunities. Procedures are scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday afternoons.
You will be given simple instructions to follow to prepare for your surgery. These instructions may include:
- Stop wearing contact lenses: Contact lenses can temporarily change the shape of your cornea. Your cornea needs to be in its natural state during surgery.
- Stop wearing makeup, lotions, creams, and perfume: Our surgeons will let you know when you should stop using personal care products before LASIK in order to maintain a clean surgical environment.
- Take the day off: You will need to rest after LASIK, so take the day of your procedure off of work and reschedule any other engagements you may have.
In preparation for your LASIK treatment, you will also receive an informed consent form. This outlines what you can expect from your procedure as well as the potential complications associated with refractive surgeries. Be sure to read the information thoroughly to fully understand your specific laser treatment before signing.
What to Expect from Your LASIK Procedure
To begin your LASIK surgery, you will recline comfortably in our treatment chair in our temperature and humidity-controlled laser suite. Your doctor will apply numbing drops so that you don't feel a thing. Then, a flap is created on the surface of your eye so that the laser can reshape your cornea. The procedure itself only lasts a few minutes.
- If you are nearsighted, your treatment will flatten the cornea slightly.
- If you are farsighted, it will steepen the cornea.
- If you are astigmatic, the treatment will contour the cornea so that it is spherical.
- Treatment on a combination of each of these conditions can be performed at the same time with our VISX WaveFront guided technology.
Once the laser treatment is complete, the doctor will lay the flap back into its original place and the post-operative medication drops will be applied. The doctor will then escort you to the examination room where they will check your eyes before you leave to go home.
Pictured below is Dr. Birdi performing a LASIK procedure.
LASIK Recovery and Results
Our patients tend to see immediate results following LASIK surgery. Your eyes may feel tired at first, or as though there is something in them, but you will be able to focus.
For your safety and comfort, you will need to arrange a ride home. When you return home, you should rest for a period of no less than 4 hours. During this time your eyes should remain closed. Do not rub your eyes.
Many people find that taking a nap is a great way to rest and heal after surgery. You will not have to apply your medication drops until the following morning.
To ensure you get the most out of your refractive eye treatment, you will need to follow the self-care instructions given to you by our experienced staff. These will explain how to keep your eyes protected until they heal completely.
We ask that you refrain from overexertion for at least 24 hours. Typically, you can resume your normal level of activity within two days. We will schedule postoperative appointments one week after your LASIK surgery, as well as one month and six months after to track your progress.
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LASIK and Age-Related Vision Loss
It is important to know that traditional LASIK procedures do not correct age-related close vision loss, also known as presbyopia. Presbyopia begins to affect many people around age 40. If you are around this age, our LASIK surgeons will discuss your options for avoiding the need for reading glasses.
You will more than likely need reading glasses unless you choose to undergo monovision LASIK instead of traditional LASIK. Monovision LASIK is a technique that is used on individuals who are already experiencing signs of presbyopia. It is a way of surgically correcting one eye for distance vision and one eye for near vision. You can try monovision contacts beforehand to see if this is an appropriate option for you.
Patients over the age of 50 may also consider refractive lens exchange instead of LASIK to improve refractive errors and presbyopia. Instead of changing the shape of your cornea to improve your vision, the natural lens of your eye is replaced with a highly sophisticated artificial lens.
If you are considering LASIK but are concerned about age-related vision loss, our experienced ophthalmologists would be happy to discuss all of the options that are available to you.
Common LASIK Questions
Before your procedure, please reach out to us with any additional questions that you may think of. Some common questions that we often hear include:
- “Will I be awake during LASIK surgery?” You will be awake because you need to focus your eyes on a special light to keep them in the proper position. We administer numbing drops so you won’t feel any discomfort.
- “What happens if I blink during LASIK?” Don’t worry, it’s impossible to blink during your procedure. We use a gentle device to hold your eyelids open.
- “What sort of potential complications should I be concerned about?” Complications are very rare but may include infection, over- or under-correction, flap dislocation, dry eye, or night vision problems. Most of these can be avoided as long as you follow your eye surgeon’s post-op instructions.
Schedule Your New Jersey Lasik Consultation
Are you ready to find out if LASIK is right for you? Call Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates at 732-349-5622 today to schedule your consultation in one of our four convenient locations in Marlboro, Toms River, Brick, and Barnegat, New Jersey. We deliver amazing vision restoration to patients in Monmouth and Ocean counties.