LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK LASER VISION CORRECTION

Has poor vision got in the way of your lifestyle? Do you not like the way glasses make you look? LASIK may be the solution to your vision problems. More than 20 million Americans have had LASIK eye surgery performed to improve their vision in the U.S. You too can join the millions who have achieved better vision with LASIK.

The ophthalmologists at Toledo LASIK & Cataract have helped thousands of patients correct their vision. It’s a safe procedure with a quick recovery time, so you can get back to doing the activities you love sooner. Not sure if you are a candidate for this vision correction surgery? Our highly-trained ophthalmologists can help you decide if LASIK eye surgery is right for your vision. 

 

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What Is LASIK Eye Surgery?

LASIK is a laser vision correction procedure performed on patients to improve their eyesight and reduce their dependence on glasses and contacts. This non-invasive procedure has been performed safely on millions of people since it was approved by the FDA in the mid-1990s. Have questions about LASIK? Schedule a free consultation to have your questions answered directly by the doctors that will improve your vision. 

 

The Benefits of LASIK

Safe & Quick Procedure

There are countless studies and tremendous amounts of data that support the safety and effectiveness of  LASIK. The procedure itself is quick and usually only takes 15 minutes to treat both eyes. Because anesthetic eye drops are used to numb the eye, there is virtually no pain during the laser vision correction process.

 

Better Vision Faster

Not only is the procedure itself fast, but you should notice results quickly. Most LASIK patients can return to work within a day or two following their procedure. Recovery from LASIK is seamless and comfortable for most patients as well.  See life more clearly and get back to your ideal lifestyle sooner. 

 

Burden-Free Vision

Glasses and contact lenses add an extra burden to your daily routine. From keeping glasses clean and scratch-free to dealing with contact solutions—it can be a lot. This hassle is especially true when you’re traveling and staying active. LASIK can help you reduce your dependence on prescription eyewear. 

 

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Am I a Candidate for LASIK?

Each set of eyes is unique. The best way to determine whether you are a suitable LASIK candidate is to schedule a consultation with the highly-trained staff at Toledo LASIK & Cataract. If you have poor vision and are interested in laser vision correction, here are some general requirements to take into consideration before meeting with a doctor:

  • LASIK can help you if you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism.
  • LASIK can help you if you’re between the ages of 18-60. As long as you are free from cataracts, you may still qualify if you are over the age of 60. (Cataract patients should click here.)
  • LASIK can help you if your vision has been stable for about three years.
  • LASIK can help you if your eyes are healthy, and you don’t have eye problems such as recurring inflammation that causes itching. (If you have eye health issues, you may still be a candidate. Consult your eye doctor to help clear up the issue.)
  • LASIK can help you if you don’t have any autoimmune issues such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, and others.

 

Not a Candidate? We Can Help

If for some reason you are not eligible for LASIK, the ophthalmologists at Toledo LASIK & Cataract will be able to recommend other procedures that can help you improve your eyesight. There are many suitable laser vision correction alternatives out there for patients with various needs. Click here for alternatives.

 

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What To Expect During Your LASIK Evaluation

Your pre-operative LASIK evaluation will involve a series of diagnostic tests that’ll determine the stability of your vision. After a thorough evaluation of your cornea, our doctors will be able to determine if you are a candidate. Below is a list of some items that are typically involved with the evaluation process:

  • The measurement of corneal thickness, including corneal topography
  • Complete review of overall eye health
  • The measurement of your prescription or refractive errors
  • Custom LASIK measurement for higher-order aberrations
  • Dry eye test
  • Complete dilation to view the back of the eye or the retina
  • Glasses or contact lens history review
  • Measurement of pupil size

Why Choose Toledo LASIK & Cataract?

Our LASIK surgeon, William Wiley, MD, is a highly experienced and reputable ophthalmologist. He’s performed over 40,000 procedures himself.  It’s no wonder he’s been repeatedly recognized as a top doctor in his field by organizations and colleagues. To complement his expertise, Toledo LASIK & Cataract has invested in some of the most up-to-date technology. If LASIK is not the laser eye vision correction for you, we can help you find an alternative procedure. Click here to explore more options.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK

How do I know if I’m a candidate for LASIK?

Our highly-trained staff can ultimately determine whether you’re a candidate for LASIK during your free consultation. A complete eye exam will confirm whether you are nearsighted, farsighted, and/or have astigmatism. Additional measurements will be taken during your pre-operative evaluation regarding the thickness of the cornea and a corneal surface mapping. Schedule a consultation online now.

What should I look for in choosing my surgeon?

When searching for “laser vision correction near me,” you should look for a qualified surgeon that meets the following basic criteria: board certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology, with advanced training in cornea and refractive surgery; skills and experience with a prominent ophthalmology practice, having performed thousands of LASIK and refractive surgical procedures; and the ability to help patients understand potential outcomes and complications. It is important to keep in mind that you are making a lifetime investment when choosing to have LASIK, so you should take your time and select the right surgeon for you.

What is involved in LASIK? How long does it take?

The procedure usually takes 5-7 minutes per eye. To keep you comfortable during the procedure, we use topical anesthetic drops. During LASIK, an instrument called the Intralase Femtosecond Laser creates a corneal flap. After the laser treatment, the flap is laid back into position and kept in place by natural suction, with no sutures. Eye drops are used, and plastic shields are placed over the eyes to protect them until the following day. Results are almost immediate, with minimum discomfort during the first 24 hours.

How long does it take to recover from LASIK?

Recovery from LASIK is typically fast. The first couple of hours after surgery, your eyes may feel somewhat irritated, with a burning sensation and some tearing. Vision is typically blurry during this time. Most patients nap for a couple of hours to rest their eyes. After several hours, the irritation should go away, and the vision will begin to clear. The day after surgery, most irritating sensations are gone and vision is remarkably clear.

Can LASIK help my dry eyes?

Many patients who desire LASIK surgery have dry eyes. They have become intolerant of their contact lenses because the dryness makes them uncomfortable. LASIK occasionally worsens dry eyes, but typically, this is temporary and usually treated with frequent artificial tear lubrication. In special cases of severely dry eyes, special punctal plugs placed in the lower eyelid tear ducts can be inserted with a significant improvement in dryness. These are easily removed in the office once the dryness resolves, or they can be left in place permanently.

What if I am nervous about LASIK?

A mild sedative is available prior to surgery to encourage relaxation during the procedure. It can also help to encourage sleep afterward. The surgeons and operating room technicians often talk throughout the procedure to put your mind at ease.

Are both eyes done at the same time?

It’s ultimately your choice to do both eyes simultaneously or one at a time. Some patients may prefer to have each eye done on different days. In most cases, however, both eyes are done on the same day. This avoids the period of imbalance that occurs if one eye still needs correction while the other one doesn’t. This is a discussion that you should have with your counselor during your free consultation to decide what is best for you. Toledo LASIK & Cataract does not charge more if you choose to pursue one eye at a time.

Will I need glasses after the surgery?

As with any procedure, there is not a guarantee of perfect vision. However, almost everyone experiences improved vision, and most see well enough to pass a drivers’ test without corrective lenses. Will LASIK interfere with my lifestyle?

Unless your surgeon approves protective eyewear, active sports should be postponed for two weeks or until the eye is fully healed. Swimming, hot tubs, and saunas should be avoided as well. After a full recovery, normal activity can resume, and the ability to play sports without glasses makes them more enjoyable for many patients.

How long will the correction last?

LASIK is a permanent procedure. In some cases, however, an enhancement procedure may be required. Some patients’ eyes may change throughout their lifetime, which can happen with glasses or contact lenses as well.

Is it true that it takes six months after LASIK to have improved vision?

Fluctuation can occur, but visual improvement is almost immediate following the procedure. Most patients feel that major fluctuations have stopped after about two weeks. At the same time, it may take additional time for swelling in your eyes to resolve and fluctuations to cease. Many patients do have healing that, in a minor sense, may continue to improve over six to nine months.

Are there risks or complications with LASIK? How safe is it?

The procedure is very low risk. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are potential complications. Vision-threatening complications do exist, but they are extremely rare. These include infections (a statistical incidence of 1 in 5,000) and irregular healing processes that can lead to something called “irregular astigmatism” that glasses cannot correct, and contact lenses or further surgery may be required to improve. There are also potential complications which may lead to temporary blurriness, temporary dependence on glasses or contact lenses, or a need for additional surgery. In most cases, the patient can still do well and recover with good vision.

For this reason, LASIK patients should confirm the experience of their surgeon to determine if they have specialized training in cornea surgery. Because LASIK is performed on the cornea, knowledge of the healing properties of the cornea and management of any complications are critical to the patient’s well-being. Knowing how to handle a complication should one occur can make a significant difference in the patient’s outcome.

What is the success rate?

Success depends on several factors, the most important being the degree of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Depending on the prescription, the surgeon can help determine the likelihood of reaching 20/40 or greater vision. Approximately 95% of eyes treated with LASIK reach 20/40 or better vision with one procedure, which is the requirement for driving legally without correction. If a patient does not achieve his or her goal with one procedure, additional correction often improves their vision to a satisfactory level.

Can LASIK correct my vision if I need reading glasses?

LASIK only corrects the vision for distance, and does not eliminate the need for reading glasses. Beginning at around the age of 40, a condition called presbyopia usually appears in adults, requiring reading glasses or bifocal correction. If you develop presbyopia, there are surgical options that Toledo LASIK offers that can assist with this, such as the KAMRA corneal inlay. When a patient gets a KAMRA inlay, the surgeon uses a laser to create a pocket inside the cornea. Then the surgeon places the inlay inside of the pocket. The inlay allows the patient to keep a good distance while gaining better reading.

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