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What is LASIK?

“What is LASIK surgery?”, is a common question among those seeking better vision. LASIK surgery is the most popular form of Laser Eye Surgery because the healing is quick and the vision tends to be spectacular by the next morning.


What does LASIK Stand For?

LASIK stands for Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis. This means that laser is applied to the cornea to change its shape to restore proper focus.


Define LASIK

One way to define LASIK is to describe the procedure. In the LASIK procedure, a thin flap is created on the cornea. This flap is elevated and laser is applied to restore your vision. The flap is replaced and allowed to heal in its original position.The LASIK flap acts like a natural bandage over the treated area. The discomfort tends to be minimal and lasts for an hour or so.

Probably the best way to define LASIK is to consider its effect on the lives of the millions that have had their vision restored by laser vision correction.


What Age can you get LASIK?

The correct age for LASIK depends on several factors. First, you need to reach the age of accountability so you can consent for an elective medical procedure. That makes 18 the youngest. Second, your prescription needs to be stable. For many this happens at an age sometime after 18 years old. Third, your cornea gets stronger as you age, so advancing age creates a safety factor for those with thinner than normal corneas. Ultimately, the best age to get LASIK is a decision you make with your eye doctor based on the health of your eye and the strength of your personal desire to see better without glasses or contact lenses.


Bladeless LASIK is Best

UltraVision only offers bladeless LASIK surgery.


What is LASIK surgery without a blade?

IntraLase® is rapidly becoming known as the KEY INGREDIENT to optimizing visual results in laser vision correction surgery. This exceptional technology, known as the IntraLase® FS, provides a LESS INVASIVE, COMPUTER CONTROLLED APPROACH to the important first step of the laser vision correction procecure.

This step, traditionally performed with a surgical blade, has now been enhanced by the laser's MICRON LEVEL ACCURACY. This remarkable precision technology enables you to choose laser vision correction WITH CONFIDENCE and dramtically REDUCES the RISK of COMPLICATION. In fact, more patients may now be candidates for laser vision correction due to this UNIQUE LEVEL of PRECISION that was previously unavailable, making laser vision correction enriched with IntraLase® one of the safest forms of surgical vision correction available today.

Comparative clinical studies between "mechanical" microkeratomes and femtosecond laser has confirmed that IntraLase® offers benefits beyond smoother flaps but significant enhanced predictability in terms of thickness, depth and diameter as requested by the surgeon.


Excimer Laser for LASIK Surgery The WaveLight® EX500 Allegretto

Answering the question, what is LASIK, requires an explanation of the excimer laser used to reshape your cornea so you won’t need glasses for distance vision anymore. Once the flap is lifted, the excimer laser sculpts the shape of your cornea with microscopic precision to restore proper focus to your eye.

The quality and precision of the excimer lasers has improved over the past twenty years. We have the Allegretto EX500 at our laser center. The 500 Hz WaveLight® EX500 excimer laser is the world's fastest excimer laser today, advancing proven ALLEGRETTO WAVE ® Excimer Laser technology. We recommend the treatment that will be best for your specific visual needs. As a general rule, I have preferred the Allegretto for LASIK surgery because of its precision and fast eye tracking system.

The eye tracker on the Allegretto checks the position of your eye 500 times per second and makes adjustments to make sure the laser spot is targeted towards the correct location on your cornea. If the verification cannot be made, the laser does not release the spot during your LASIK surgery procedure.

Choosing Your LASIK Surgeon

Your laser day could be as important as the day you graduate or the day you get married because it can open the door to a lifetime of visual freedom and opportunity. Fortunately, you don’t need to spend as much time with your LASIK surgeon as your fiancé, but you should put some effort into making a good choice.

Choose a surgeon with experience and a proven track record of good results with LASIK surgery. I would insist on a surgeon that gives you a sense of trust. If the chemistry isn’t right, then keep looking. The cost of LASIK surgery matters. I would recommend a focus on technology and experience rather than cost alone.

The Right LASIK for Your Eyes

Choosing Your LASIK Surgeon

I will personally meet with you at your evaluation to help you decide if LASIK surgery is right for you. There are number of different tests and safety checks that help us determine the health of your eyes and your individual risk profile for LASIK surgery. I want to understand how you use your eyes and your specific visual needs. All this information allows me to make a good recommendation about the best way to help you improve your vision.

What is the Cost of LASIK?

Another important consideration is, what is LASIK surgery from a financial perspective. The Cost of LASIK falls into two basic categories: Experience and technology.

UltraVision offers the state of the art technology with the Allegretto EX500. The Allegretto EX500 is the latest in laser technology available on the market.

Why should I have LASIK Surgery with UltraVision?

UltraVision makes the commitment to stand behind the results of patient’s vision, because we are confident in Dr. Tomy Starck, whose LASIK experience spans for more than a decade. Together with the latest technology, expertise of our surgeon, this winning combination offers results that are backed by our Lifetime Pledge program, that most centers do not offer.

The Lifetime Pledge is UltraVisions commitment to maintain the results of our patients’ vision. If you want state of the art equipment with top end safety features and precision with the goal of achieving the highest quality possible with an experienced surgeon, then UltraVision is the place for you to have your LASIK eye surgery.

Your LASIK Surgery Procedure

You want to be relaxed on the day of your LASIK surgery procedure. Great preparation will help you feel relaxed. We spend time with you to make sure you know what to expect during your LASIK surgery procedure, your LASIK recovery time (first day) and your recovery after LASIK (first month). Lastly, having your UltraLASIK with UltraVision will make your new UltraVision one of the best experiences of your life.

If I can help answer any other questions for you the please schedule a time to meet with me or send me a note.



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