You’ve heard thousands of LASIK ads touting thousands of different things, but the iLASIK procedure ends all of the noise. It’s all you will need to know – oustanding technology, one brand and one easy way to better vision.

Straight Talk About the iLASIK Procedure

A lot of people have had successful LASIK, but as many as 10 times that number are good candidates that are waiting. Some people are waiting because they don’t think they can afford it. Others are unaware of the true safety of the procedure. But most people are waiting simply because they lack the right information. The introduction of the iLASIK procedure means the wait is over and it’s simple:

  • Safe & Proven – The technology used in the iLASIK procedure is very mature (the systems used today have been in use for years) and very safe. Doctors have been performing LASIK for a decade. Approximately 17 million LASIK procedures have been performed to date, making it the most common elective vision procedure in the U.S. In fact, all branches of the U.S. military and NASA recently approved LASIK for their servicemen and women, thanks to studies using iLASIK technology.
  • About the Procedure – The iLASIK procedure only takes minutes. It reshapes your cornea to correct the refractive imperfections in your eye (these imperfections are essentially the reason you are nearsighted, farsighted, etc.).

    Here’s what happens:

    • You get an extensive exam by an iLASIK surgeon
    • Computers/software are used to make an individual blueprint of your eyes; this blueprint is used to drive your laser correction and is what gives you a truly customized result
    • A laser is used to make a thin flap in your cornea
    • You’ll be given numbing drops so you won’t feel pain
    • This flap enables the surgeon to make the iLASIK correction
    • A second laser is used to make the correction to your cornea, based on your unique vision/eye characteristics
    • This correction is completely computer driven
    • It’s safe, fast and virtually painless
    • You can have great vision without glasses or contacts*
    • *Outcomes may vary. 98% of nearsighted patients participating in the Advanced CustomVue™ FDA Clinical Trials could see 20/20 or better one year after treatment.
  • The technology behind iLASIK – To correct your vision with the iLASIK procedure, a thin corneal flap needs to be created. There are two ways to make this flap: a blade or the IntraLase™ FS laser. The iLASIK procedure EXCLUSIVELY uses the IntraLase laser; it’s part of what makes iLASIK vision correction unique. Eighty-one percent of patients choose bladeless LASIK over traditional LASIK with a blade when given the choice.
  • iLASIK Q&A – It’s natural to have a bunch of questions when considering the iLASIK procedure. Your iLASIK surgeon and his/her staff are experts at answering those questions and are real pros who will provide plenty of support during the process. Still, here are a few answers to some of the questions we get asked the most:
    • You ARE AWAKE during the iLASIK procedure, but you may be given medication to relax
    • Your eyes will be numbed with drops, and aside from a little pressure, YOU MOST LIKELY WON’T FEEL A THING during the procedure
    • Typically BOTH EYES are treated during the same visit
    • The iLASIK procedure generally takes less than 10 MINUTES per eye
    • Outcomes may vary. NINETY-EIGHT PERCENT of nearsighted patients participating in the Advanced CustomVue™ FDA Clinical Trials could see 20/20 or better one year after treatment
  • Visualize the Possibilities – Surely you’ve heard the phrase “20/20 vision.” This term has come to be known as the standard for “good” vision; it’s the baseline. It means that you see at 20 feet what a person without any vision problems would see at 20 feet. If your vision was 20/40, it means that you can see an object 20 feet away, but a person without any vision problem would be able to see the same object if he/she is 40 feet away. In short, the higher the second number the worse your vision is, and the lower the second number the better your vision is. You need to be at least 20/40 in order to drive, while fighter pilots are often 20/15.

The vast majority of iLASIK patients will see 20/20 OR BETTER after surgery …That could be life changing!*

*Outcomes may vary. Ninety-eight percent of nearsighted patients participating in the Advanced CustomVue™ FDA clinical trials could see 20/20 or better one year after treatment.

  • iLASIK vs Contacts – The iLASIK procedure is not without risk, but wearing contacts comes with risks as well, as they require time and meticulous attention to ensure proper cleaning and to avoid infection. Infections with contacts do occur, so considering this risk, the hassle of contacts and the lifetime costs of wearing contacts, maybe it’s time to consider the iLASIK procedure.

iLASIK is an elective procedure with other alternatives including eyeglasses, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), conventional LASIK, and other refractive surgeries. Only an eyecare professional trained in laser vision correction can determine whether you are a suitable candidate. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with the treatment. It is important to discuss the risks associated with the procedure and any questions you may have about the procedure with your doctor. Before deciding whether to have the procedure, you should ask your doctor for and carefully review the CustomVue™ Patient Information Booklet.

Request an appointment at The Taustine Eye Center today to see if iLASIK is right for you!