Millions of patients around the world have received LASIK eye surgery since it was first approved by the FDA in the 1990s. This beneficial procedure helps to restore your once blurry vision caused by nearsightedness, farsightedness, and even astigmatism by using a laser to modify the shape of your eye's cornea.
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.
What Is LASIK?
LASIK stands for Laser Assisted in situ Keratomileusis, meaning that it uses a laser to modify the shape of the eye's cornea (front clear part of the eye). Over the last two decades, many modifications and improvements have been made to the procedure. The biggest single improvement has been the introduction of Wavefront-Guided LASIK, or "CustomVue LASIK, " which allows for a more accurate treatment.
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 major factor in achieving a successful outcome. We therefore screen our potential patients very carefully. We will do 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, such as Lupus, Hepatitis, or Crohn's disease
- Free from herpes infection in the eyes
- 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
If we determine that you would not be a good candidate for LASIK, you may still have other options for vision correction, and we will discuss these choices with you.
Also, keep in mind that if you are 40 years or older, you will more than likely need reading glasses for close vision and reading, unless you choose mono vision option with Lasik.
What Should I Expect at My Consultation?
Your initial consultation for LASIK typically incorporates a comprehensive dilated eye exam. This exam is approximately one hour and will consist of a thorough clinical evaluation and diagnostic testing to determine your eligibility.
You will undergo a WaveScan (WaveFront Guided Technology) to measure the refractive error (prescription) along with the percentage of higher order aberrations (visual obscurations), which contribute to unclear vision.
After the WaveScan, the surgeon will explain the formalities 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.
Be sure to ask any additional questions you may have regarding your surgery.
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. Please bring your questions and concerns to the refractive director's attention so that they may be addressed prior to your procedure.
What Is the LASIK Procedure Like?
To begin your LASIK surgery, you will recline comfortably in our treatment chair in our temperature and humidity controlled laser suite. The 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.
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. We highly recommend arranging a ride home for your safety. When you return home, you should rest for a period of no less than 4 hours. During this time your eyes should remain closed. 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, we also suggest following 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.
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 the Monmouth and Ocean counties within New Jersey.