Are you seeking a LASIK doctor in the Charlottesville or Chevy Chase area? If you are, you have come to the right place. The LASIK Pro is your LASIK expert in Northern and Central Virginia, Washington DC Metro, Chevy Chase and Tri State areas. We offer free, no-obligation phone and in office LASIK consultations.
LASIK is an acronym for Laser in-situ Keratomileusis, and is one of the most commonly performed types of laser eye surgery. This procedure is generally safe, effective, and has very few side effects. LASIK eye surgery has helped millions of people see clearly without dependence on glasses or contact lenses. It has made those with active lifestyles happy again. For contact lens wearers, the hassles associated with contacts can be a thing of the past! LASIK is a quick and relatively painless vision correction procedure with an excellent track record of success. Proper pre-operative evaluations are critical to the success of this procedure for you.
LASIK, or In-Situ Keratomileusis, is the most commonly performed refractive surgery used today to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Find out what millions around the World have already discovered through LASIK – clear vision and freedom from glasses or contacts. If you have been told in the past that you are not a candidate for LASIK, this may no longer be the case! Advancements in technology allow LASIK Surgeons like Dr. Edward Perraut to treat a wider range of diopters. Also, treating thinner corneas is now an option due to the addition of blade-free LASIK.
If you are considering LASIK laser vision correction, there are some basic candidacy requirements listed below. Generally, if all of the following apply to you, you may be a good candidate for LASIK:
- Are 21 years of age or older
- Have healthy eyes
- Have a stable glasses’ prescription for one year or more
- Have a prescription from -11.00 diopters of nearsightedness up to +5.00 of farsightedness, or an astigmatism of up to 5.00 diopters.
- Not satisfied with wearing glasses and contact lenses become uncomfortable or an inconvenience.
To ensure that you are a candidate, you will need to have a comprehensive evaluation at our office. There we will determine your candidacy and review all the options and details of the LASIK procedure, including financing options.
The LASIK Procedure
After it has been determined that you are a candidate for the LASIK procedure and your pre-operative evaluations have been completed, it will be time to correct your vision. Upon being escorted into the laser suite, your eyes will be numbed using anesthetic drops. An eyelid holder will be placed against your eyelids in order to prevent you from blinking.
The Excimer Laser
LASIK involves the use of an excimer laser to permanently change the shape of the cornea, or the outer layer of the eye. The EXCIMER laser, which is a specific type of “cool” laser, generates its power from light in the ultraviolet range. It cannot be visualized by the human eye. Because the laser does not generate any heat, there is no tissue damage or pain as a result of the laser light. As the treatment with the laser proceeds, microscopic layers of tissue, approximately 1/10th the width of a human hair are removed. The laser is programmed to remove precisely the amount of tissue needed to achieve the desired result.
Recovery is fast. The first couple of hours after surgery, the eye feels somewhat irritated, with a burning sensation and some tearing. Vision is typically hazy during this time. Most patients nap for a couple of hours due to the preoperative sedation. After several hours, the irritation goes away and the vision begins to clear. The day after surgery, most irritating sensations are completely gone and vision is remarkably clear.