Say Goodbye to Glasses and Contacts
If you’re ready to take off your glasses for the last time, or toss away your contacts forever, laser corneal refractive surgery in the form of LASIK or PRK can make it possible.
Whether it’s PRK or LASIK, the magic of the cool laser beam lies in its ability to precisely change the curvature of the cornea by just microns—literally thousandths of a millimeter. Light can then be properly focused on the retina to create a new corneal curvature, which can correct many conditions that otherwise warrant glasses and contacts.
Nearsighted people see objects clearly up close, but struggle to see objects in the distance. In nearsightedness, the curve of the cornea is too steep, and images are focused in front of the retina. LASIK & PRK corrects this condition by flattening the curve of the cornea.
Farsighted people see distant objects clearly, but all other objects appear blurred. In farsightedness, the shape of the cornea is too flat, and light rays are focused behind the retina. LASIK & PRK corrects this condition by shaping the cornea so that it focuses correctly.
People with astigmatism are unable to focus clearly at any distance. With astigmatism, the cornea is abnormally shaped, much like that of a football, when a rounder, more basketball-like shape is desired. LASIK & PRK corrects this oval shape by rounding the cornea to achieve clearer vision.
Traditionally, LASIK was performed with a microkeratome—essentially, a surgical instrument equipped with a blade to remove the corneal flap from the eye. However, ophthalmologists have found that when complications do arise following a LASIK procedure, they’re often due to a poorly created corneal flap, where precision with a blade is difficult. It’s why Lanter EyeCare uses only the latest, blade-free LASIK surgery techniques.
Known as IntraLase technology, blade-free LASIK’s IntraLase laser can be programmed with the exact dimensions of your corneal flap—precisely customized to the unique characteristics of your eyes. The IntraLase laser is also able to create your flap from below the surface of your cornea, with no blade and no cutting. Here’s how it works:
- Ultra-fast pulses of laser light place microscopic bubbles at an exact depth predetermined by your ophthalmologist. (This laser light passes harmlessly through your cornea.)
- The laser creates rows of these bubbles just beneath your corneal surface, moving back and forth across your eye in a uniform plane.
- The laser stacks the bubbles around your corneal diameter—custom to the shape of your eye—to create the edges of your flap.
- The ophthalmologist gently lifts the flap, separating the tissue where the bubbles have formed.
- With the corneal tissue exposed, the ophthalmologist uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea in a specific pattern unique to the patient.
- With the treatment complete, the flap is gently placed back into position to heal. It’s extraordinary bonding properties allow healing to occur naturally, without stitches.
Is LASIK Treatment Right for You?
Hundreds of thousands of LASIK procedures are performed each year, but not everybody is a candidate. Take our quick self-evaluation test to find out if LASIK treatment may be right for you, or schedule a free consultation with us.