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What is Laser Eye Surgery?
LASIK had its origins about thirty years ago and was originally developed to treat patients who had very poor vision due to corneal disease. It has now evolved into a successful technique for correcting refractive errors. The current procedure, performed on an outpatient basis, involves both the use of conventional and laser eye surgery to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASIK can correct a much higher degree of nearsightedness with or without astigmatism than any other refractive procedure, with excellent results (the majority of patients achieve 20/40 vision or better).
In performing LASIK, eye drop anesthetic is used to numb the eye. Dr. Rohr then uses a special instrument to cut into and behind a layer of the cornea. A portion of the cornea is peeled back to create a flap and expose the inner portions of corneal tissue. The eye is then positioned under the excimer laser which has been computer programmed to remove microscopic amounts of the internal corneal tissue. Removal of the tissue changes the curvature of the cornea. If the patient is nearsighted, tissue closer to the central part of the cornea is removed to decrease the curvature or flatten the cornea. If a patient is farsighted, tissue in the peripheral part of the cornea is removed to increase the curvature of the cornea. To correct for astigmatism, selected tissue at certain angles is removed to insure that the cornea curves equally in all directions. After the laser has been used, the flap is returned to its original position. The corneal tissue has extraordinary natural bonding qualities that allow effective healing without the use of stitches.
Since only local anesthetic is used, patients remain awake during the laser eye surgery. The entire procedure takes only a few minutes and improved vision is often possible on the day following the eye surgery. Eye drops and night protection are necessary for designated periods of time.
Advantages of LASIK Include:
- Faster healing time
- Rapid visual recovery
- Less risk of scarring
- Less risk of corneal haze
- Less post-op discomfort
- The second eye can be done within a week
- Treatment of a wider range of nearsightedness
Frequently Asked Questions About Lasik
Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about LASIK below
What is LASIK?
LASIK is a non-invasive procedure that improves your vision by creating a flap in the outermost layer of your cornea and using a laser to reshape the underlying cornea. Although it may be hard to believe, LASIK has been part of the ocular landscape for years. The first laser procedure was performed in the United States in 1995, the year the FDA gave the procedure its blessing. Yet history begins even earlier, as thousands of procedures were performed worldwide and decades of research committed to the perfection of the technology. Today, literally millions of procedures later, LASIK stands as the most successful surgical procedure in medical history.
How much time off work do I need to take?
The day of surgery, we recommend that you go home and rest. Most patients return to work in a day or two.
Is LASIK safe?
It is important to realize that, like any surgery, LASIK is not without risk. However, major complications are extremely rare. Minor complications occasionally occur, such as dry eye, and halos and glare around lights at night. However, such problems are uncommon, are often treatable, and will usually reduce or disappear within months of surgery.
Does LASIK hurt?
There is no pain associated with the LASIK procedure. Local anesthesia is used on the cornea, which is administered through eye drops. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or pressure. After the procedure, patients may experience minor irritation in the eye. This should fade within a day.
Is LASIK guaranteed to eliminate my need for glasses or contacts?
Many people achieve 20/20 vision, or better, after undergoing the LASIK eye procedure. Although patients experience an improvement in their vision, some may still need to wear corrective lenses for certain tasks, though the necessary power of correction will be much smaller than before.
How long does the surgery take?
You will be in the surgical suite for about 10-15 minutes. The actual laser treatment performed usually takes less than one minute per eye, but the entire procedure takes a little longer.
What if I move my eye during my laser treatment?
Not all lasers have an eye tracking system. With the Bausch & Lomb Technolas® laser, Dr. Rohr is in complete control of state-of-the-art eye tracking technology that follows your eye movement 4,000 times per second.
How old do I have to be for LASIK?
Age 18 is the youngest we recommend, depending on your situation.
Will Insurance cover LASIK?
In most instances, insurance companies consider LASIK "elective" and do not cover the procedure. You should check with your benefits provider to see if they cover LASIK or allow LASIK to be paid for with pre-tax income under a flexible benefits plan.
Can both eyes be treated on the same day?
Most patients do elect to have both eyes treated on the same day. The advantages include convenience, less total time away from work and balance in vision.
What if I blink?
A small gentle instrument will be used to keep your lids open during your procedure to prevent blinking. There is no way you will be able to blink and compromise your result.
Does your doctor use a mobile laser?
RohrEye & LaserCenter offers only fixed laser technology. This means our "state-of-the-art" laser stays at our facility under tightly controlled temperature and humidity conditions and does not travel. All of the other doctors that perform LASIK/LASEK in the Flint and Saginaw communities use a laser that travels from office to office. Is that what you want used on your eyes?
I am interested in having LASIK. What is the next step?
Call Rohr Eye & Laser Center toll-free 877-579-0202, to schedule your FREE LASIK/LASEK consultation with Dr. Rohr and discover if you are indeed a candidate.
Important Reasons to Consider Rohr Eye & Laser Center
Training and experience produce better outcomes:
- Training and experience produce better results and fewer complications.
- Time Magazine (October, 1999) estimates corneal/refractive surgeons have 5 times fewer complications than general ophthalmologists. Dr. Rohr is one of the elite few refractive surgeons in the nation who is fellowship trained in LASIK and Cataract surgery. Dr. Rohr has performed several thousand refractive procedures.
You only have two eyes – go to a specialist:
- Dr. Rohr specializes in all forms of refractive surgery, including LASIK. LASIK is not ideal for everyone and Dr. Rohr will provide you options best suited to your needs.
- Dr. Rohr's entire staff are trained specialists in LASIK and will provide you with the best possible care, information and support.
- A general ophthalmologist only needs a weekend training course to legally be allowed to provide LASIK/LASEK surgery-Dr. Rohr spent one year of advanced fellowship training at the prestigious Colorado Eye Institute and has devoted his profession to refractive surgery.
Personalized care from Dr. Rohr:
- Dr. Rohr is patient, honest and approachable. Most importantly, Dr. Rohr will meet with you personally and work with you throughout your entire process.
- Not everyone is a good LASIK/LASEK candidate. Poor candidates have poor results. We'll tell you honestly if you are a good candidate.
- Dr. Rohr lives locally and is available for your follow-up care.
- We offer convenient, flexible scheduling at our Grand Blanc location.
Better vision through advanced technology:
- Dr. Rohr only uses the latest FDA approved technologies. We offer state of the art, Alcon Wavelight Technology (the world leader in eye care technology), which allows Dr. Rohr to create a personalized treatment plan, with treatment options that take into account your unique visual needs, for your best results. Our technology includes:
- Orbscan and Zywave technology, used to measure your corneal thickness and map the curvature and elevation of both the front and back surfaces of your cornea.
- Our laser stays at our office in Grand Blanc. All of the other doctors that perform LASIK/LASEK in the Flint and Saginaw communities use a laser that travels in a truck from office to office. Is that what you want used on your eyes?
- Better technology = better outcomes.
- You get the best value: An unbeatable surgeon, a specialized practice and an affordable price.
- Financing with 0% interest options