Are you seeking clear vision in the Harrisburg, Lemoyne or Gettysburg areas? Would you like to reduce or even eliminate your dependence on glasses or contact lenses? Let the experienced doctors at Schein Ernst Mishra Eye show your your vision correction options. Whether it be LASIK laser vision correction, or an alternative vision correction procedure, Schein Ernst Mishra Eye will work with you to determine what is best for your individual situation to give you clear vision!
Harrisburg LASIK Surgery
What are my my options for refractive surgery or LASIK?
There are many benefits to refractive surgery or LASIK eye surgery, some of which include fast visual recovery, limited if any discomfort, and a lowered risk of after surgery glare. Most people are very happy with the results of refractive surgery. It’s no wonder that LASIK laser vision correction has quickly emerged as one of the true medical breakthroughs of modern history. LASIK, the most accepted form of laser vision correction, is the fastest-growing type of refractive surgery. It is very versatile and can treat both nearsightedness and farsightedness with or without astigmatism. Over 98% of people who have LASIK achieve somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40 vision without glasses or contact lenses.
In order to help determine the vision correction that would most suit your needs it is a great idea to familiarize yourself with the main refractive errors. Prior to any vision correction surgery our Harrisburg ophthalmologists will examine your eyes and determine what procedures would work best for you. Blurry vision may result from any number of conditions not necessarily related to refractive errors. The diagnosis of a refractive error is usually confirmed by an eye care professional.
Nearsighted individuals typically have problems seeing well at a distance and are forced to wear glasses or contact lenses. The nearsighted eye is usually longer than a normal eye, and its cornea may also be steeper. Therefore, when light passes through the cornea and lens, it is focused in front of the retina. This will make distant images appear blurred. There are several refractive surgery solutions available to correct nearly all levels of nearsightedness.
Farsighted individuals typically develop problems reading up close before the age of 40. The farsighted eye is usually slightly shorter than a normal eye and may have a flatter cornea. Thus, the light of distant objects focuses behind the retina unless the natural lens can compensate fully. Near objects require even greater focusing power to be seen clearly and therefore, blur more easily. LASIK, Refractive Lens Exchange and Contact lenses are a few of the options available to correct farsightedness.
Asymmetric steepening of the cornea or natural lens causes light to be focused unevenly, which is the main optical problem in astigmatism. To individuals with uncorrected astigmatism, images may look blurry or shadowed. Astigmatism can accompany any form of refractive error and is very common. Astigmatism can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, corneal relaxing incisions, laser vision correction, and special implant lenses.
Presbyopia is a condition that typically becomes noticeable for most people around age 45. In children and young adults, the lens inside the eye can easily focus on distant and near objects. With age, the lens loses its ability to focus adequately. Although presbyopia is not completely understood, it is thought that the lens and its supporting structures lose the ability to make the lens curvature greater during close vision effort. To compensate, affected individuals usually find that holding reading material further away makes the image clearer. Ultimately, aids such as reading glasses are typically needed by the mid-forties. Besides glasses, presbyopia can be dealt with in a number of ways. Options include: monovision and multifocal contact lenses, monovision laser vision correction, and new presbyopia correcting implant lenses.
What happens during LASIK eye surgery?
The process of LASIK surgery is accomplished in a few short steps. A local anesthetic is first applied to the eye(s). A thin flap is then carefully created on the surface of the cornea, using a highly precise instrument called a femtosecond IntraLase® laser. The flap is lifted, revealing the middle section of the cornea. A cool ultraviolet light beam, produced by our VISX S4™ excimer laser, is then applied, removing tiny portions of the cornea in an effort to reshape it and improve visual acuity. Each pulse of the laser removes approximately .25 microns of corneal tissue. By comparison, the diameter of a human hair is about 50 microns. Because the laser used in LASIK surgery removes corneal matter in such small increments, extreme precision is achieved in the process. Once the cornea is corrected, the flap is replaced and the procedure is complete.
Following LASIK surgery, patients usually experience a rapid recovery due to the fact that only a tiny portion of the eye is actually operated on. Most of our patients are able to drive themselves back to our facility the day following their surgery to meet with our Harrisburg LASIK surgeons for their follow-up appointment. Because of its efficiency and effectiveness, LASIK surgery is the most popular form of refractive surgery. It is estimated to account for 95 percent of the laser vision correction procedures that are performed today.
LASIK eye surgery Benefits
Some of the benefits of Laser Vision Correction are:
- Decreased dependency on glasses or contacts
- Ability to get up and GO!
- Convenience with travel
- No hassle with contact solutions
- Clear, natural vision
- Major lifestyle advantages with sports
- Improved appearance with NO glasses
Determining Your LASIK candidacy
Before you can undergo LASIK eye surgery to correct your poor eyesight you must first have a pre-operative eye examination. This eye examination might be the most thorough eye health exam you have ever had. During this exam they will check your corneal thickness with topography equipment and perform several other tests. If you meet the criteria for LASIK surgery our Harrisburg, Lemoyne and Gettysburg LASIK coordinators will discuss the cost of LASIK with you. We have affordable financing options that can enable this vision correction sooner than later.
If you want to schedule time with us in one of our convenient offices, please schedule a free consultation today!