LASIK is a laser procedure which improves a patient’s vision by permanently changing the shape of the cornea, the dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. At the Taustine Eye Center, our Louisville LASIK surgeons use the Excimer laser to remove micron thin layers of corneal tissue to better focus the entry of light into the eye. Since the cornea is the major contributor to the eye’s total focusing power, LASIK and similar procedures, such as PRK, have the ability to reduce or even eliminate a patient’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
In the past, the number of people eligible for LASIK was limited. With advances in modern technology, a very wide range of patients can now be treated. During a free introductory screening exam, our highly trained team will thoroughly examine you to determine if you are a good candidate. If you decide you would like to proceed, an in depth, two hour exam will carefully determine if anything was missed in the first screening. Rest assured, we do not recommend LASIK for everyone. The Taustine Eye Center utilizes the most advanced technology and will advise you on how to proceed.
LASIK has quickly become the procedure of choice for most patients, due to the short recovery time and fewer side effects than other methods of vision correction. In fact, most LASIK patients notice a significant improvement in their vision soon after surgery. To get the best results, the Taustine Eye Center utilizes two different lasers in a procedure also known as iLASIK. A femptosecond laser creates a flap, under which an excimer laser sculpts a new shape to the cornea.
What to Expect
You will arrive at the laser center about one hour prior to your procedure. Once you’ve been checked in you will be offered a mild sedative to help you relax. The area around your eye will be thoroughly cleaned and prepped. Please remove any makeup prior to coming to the laser center. The eyes will be numbed with drops, and an eyelid holder will be placed between your eyelids to keep you from blinking.
In the first step, a femptosecond laser painlessly creates a hinged flap of very thin corneal tissue. During this process, you may feel a little pressure, but nothing like pain. You will then be asked to look directly at a blinking light while the flap is gently folded back and the Excimer laser reshapes your cornea. The whole procedure is relatively brief. After the procedure is complete, the flap of corneal tissue is folded back into place where it bonds without the need for stitches.
Following the procedure, you will be examined, given additional drops, and have a shield placed over the eyes for protection. Your vision will be blurry at first, and you will need someone to drive you home. During the first 24 hours some scratchiness, light sensitivity and watering is very normal. Usually these symptoms are gone by the next day.
We will see you the next day in the office to be sure the eye is healing normally. Typically we will also see you at one week, then a few weeks later and a few months later. Most Southern Indiana and Louisville LASIK patients can resume sedentary activities the next day, but activities where eye contact may occur should be refrained from for a bit longer. Low degrees of correction typically see well the next day, while stronger corrections may take a little longer. If you have specific activity questions, we’ll be glad to answer them when you come in for your appointment.
Who will my doctor be?
Rather than being a practice of general ophthalmologists, each doctor at the Taustine Eye Center has an area of specialization. These specializations ensure that our patients receive the most up-to-date treatments from highly experienced and knowledgeable doctors.