LASIK eye surgery is a sophisticated procedure that uses a cool beam of light from an excimer laser to reshape the outermost part of the eye (cornea), thereby altering the angle at which light enters the retina and correcting a range of visual impairments.
Dr. Niksarli, a leading New York City eye surgeon and medical director of Manhattan LASIK Center, is widely recognized for his ability to consistently achieve outstanding vision correction results for his NYC LASIK surgery patients.
To perform LASIK eye surgery, Dr. Niksarli first obtains a map of the patient’s unique refractive errors, which is accomplished with leading-edge diagnostic equipment. Next, he creates the corneal flap (a microscopic layer of the cornea), which is then folded back to expose the underlying corneal tissue. Using the excimer laser, Dr. Niksarli carefully reshapes the inner cornea and replaces the corneal flap. LASIK eye surgery is performed under numbing eye drops without the use of needles or stitches.
By combining his years of experience, unsurpassed surgical skills and leading-edge laser technologies with eye mapping and eye tracking systems, Dr. Niksarli can successfully correct the following refractive errors:
Nearsightedness (myopia) – difficulty focusing on distant objects due to a steep cornea
Farsightedness (hyperopia) – difficulty focusing on nearby objects due to a flat cornea
Astigmatism – difficulty seeing at all distances due to an irregular shape of the cornea
Manhattan LASIK patients who undergo vision correction under the care of Dr. Niksarli and his team often obtain clear vision the next day, at which time they are able to return to work. The full recovery following LASIK is generally achieved within one week, during which time some patients may experience minor visual fluctuations and some eye dryness.
For patients whose corneas are too thin for LASIK, Dr. Niksarli offers a range of alternative treatments that deliver similar vision correction results, including LASEK and PRK. Both LASEK and PRK involve complete removal of the superficial layer of the cornea (epithelium) prior to the excimer laser treatment. In LASEK the epithelium is returned to its original position following surgery; in PRK, the eye is covered following treatment to allow new epithelial cells to generate.
LASEK and PRK are permanent vision correction procedures that can be used to correct most levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. In contrast to LASIK, LASEK and PRK may require several days of rest in order to avoid postoperative complications and achieve visual stability.
Dr. Niksarli and his medical team will inform you of the best treatment option for you and explain every step of your vision correction procedure.