LASIK and WaveLight Technology
Posted by: Georgia Center for Sight
Get the confidence that comes with knowing the facts. The hardest step in the entire LASIK procedure is overcoming your fear. We know that surgery can seem like a big, scary ordeal, but with WaveLight? refractive technology, it doesn?t have to be. While LASIK is still a surgical procedure, thanks to the advanced technology of the WaveLight? system, the entire LASIK process is fast, safe and precise. Plus, in just a matter of minutes, you will finally have the opportunity for the vision you have always wanted.
Prepping For The Procedure
Once you have decided that LASIK surgery is right for you, Dr. Dong will run a series of tests to evaluate your vision, much like you would at a normal eye exam. This isn?t just eye charts and, ?Can you read the top line??, thought – Dr. Dong will work with you to decide the treatment path that is best for your eyes.
You will discuss your vision problems, your goals, and your lifestyle, hobbies and interests. Dr. Dong may even use a special scanning tool to create a personalized map of your eyes. Dr. Dong will then use all of this information to determine a personalized treatment plan, including exactly how your eyes will need to be reshaped for your best vision.
LASIK Surgery – The Big Day At Last!
Start to finish, the LASIK procedure only takes a few minutes. Here is the rundown:
Before surgery begins, you will receive a series of anesthetic drops in each eye. These drops will numb your eyes and help ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure – most patients only feel some light pressure during surgery.
Once your eyes are numb, you will be asked to lie down on a bed under the WaveLight? workstation.
The first step is flap creation – using the innovative WaveLight? FS200 Femtosecond Laser, Dr. Dong will create a precise flap, or door, in each cornea, exposing the underlying tissue so Dr. Dong can correct your vision.
Once the flaps have been made, you will be shifted over to the other half of the WaveLight? workstation – the advanced WaveLight? ALLEGRETTO WAVE?Eye-Q Laser – to begin the process of reshaping your eyes for better vision.
Dr. Dong will apply small, rapid bursts of the laser to carefully reshape your cornea – flat areas may be made rounder, curved areas may be flattened, etc. – making it that much closer to its ideal shape for clear, focused vision.
Throughout this part of the procedure, you will be asked to focus on a small blinking light above you. Don?t worry if your eyes move a little bit – the WaveLight? ALLEGRETTO WAVE? Eye-Q Laser uses sophisticated eye-tracking technology, so it can keep up.
Once your eye has been properly reshaped, Dr. Dong will put the flap back into place, where it will act as a natural bandage. No need for stitches here! And that is it! In a matter of minutes, you are good to go. All you have to do now is rest up, and get ready to enjoy the benefits of improved vision.