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LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis), is the most popular laser vision correction procedure. In this procedure, a laser is used to permanently change the shape of the cornea (the clear covering on the front of the eye) to correct common vision problems such as Myopia (Nearsightedness), Astigmatism, and Hyperopia (Farsightedness).
LASIK involves four steps:
It only takes 10 seconds of laser time on each eye to create the ultra-thin flap.
The flap is lifted to reveal the underlying corneal tissue.
Microscopic amounts of corneal tissue are removed through laser technology.
The flap is placed back in its position, allowing the eye to heal. The eye heals on its own in a few days.
LASIK can be used to treat nearsightedness by flattening the too-steep cornea. In the case of farsightedness, a steeper cornea is desired, so LASIK can be used to steepen the cornea. LASIK can also correct astigmatism by smoothing an irregular cornea. Reshaping of the cornea through laser technology changes the way light focuses on the eye, allowing the patient to see clearly again.
Traditionally, the surgeon created the corneal flap with a handheld mechanical device (microkeratome) that utilizes a metal blade. At Manhattan LASIK Center, we perform Bladeless LASIK also known as all-laser LASIK, which uses a femtosecond laser (an ultraviolet laser) instead of a blade to create the corneal flap. This leaves the cornea stronger, produces better visual results, and significantly reduces the chance of developing postoperative dryness.
To be a LASIK candidate, you must meet the following requirements:
Aged 18 or older
No change in prescription within the last 12 months
Not pregnant or nursing. Women must wait at least three months after they stop breastfeeding before undergoing LASIK.
No history of eye disease. People with conditions like glaucoma, corneal impairments, problems with the Retina, or recurring eye infections may not be suitable for LASIK.
Other conditions that can impact LASIK candidacy include Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), Dry Eye, Amblyopia, Strabismus (crossed eyes), Uncontrolled diabetes or high blood pressure, Immune disorders, and Vascular illness.
Take our LASIK Self-Test to learn more about your laser vision correction candidacy.
How fast will my vision improve?
Your vision will improve very rapidly. Vision may be blurry for the first day, but most patients notice improved vision within a few days of surgery.
Can I have both eyes treated on the same day?
Yes, LASIK is usually done for both eyes at the same time. Same-day treatment is preferred by the majority of our patients for added convenience, quicker visual recovery, and less time away from work. However, the preference of our patients will guide us in the treatment plan.
Is LASIK painless?
Yes. Anesthetic eye drops will be used to numb the eyes and there will be NO pain sensation during the procedure.
How much does LASIK cost?
The cost of the procedure depends on your prescription. The cost is all-inclusive, meaning the price will include the following:
Follow-up visits and exams for one year
Enhancements if needed within one year