LASIK in Delaware
LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) eye surgery is a form of refractive treatment that reshapes the cornea in order to produce clear vision. The goal of LASIK eye surgery is to correct for refractive errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism to reduce a patients' dependence on contact lenses and glasses.
LASIK eye surgery provides these individuals with an effective treatment option by removing a predetermined amount of corneal tissue. This reshaping of the cornea improves the eye's focusing power and enhances patients' visual acuity.
Dr. Markowitz and the surgeons of Delaware Eye Care Center prefer to perform a version of LASIK called Epi-LASIK. This version essentially combines the techniques used in PRK1 and LASIK, and was designed to solve some of the potential problems associated with the two prior forms of refractive surgery. The primary reasons why the surgeons of Delaware Eye Care Center choose Epi-LASIK are:
- Epi-LASIK combines the advantages of the PRK surface treatment procedure with the advanced technologies and techniques of the present day LASIK procedure.
- Epi-LASIK is an advanced form of PRK, the original laser vision correction procedure that treated the surface of the cornea.
- Epi-LASIK eliminates most of the disadvantages of both PRK and traditional LASIK.
- Epi-LASIK reduces the post operative discomfort and corneal haze of PRK.
- Epi-LASIK avoids any of the LASIK complications associated with making a deeper corneal flap.
- Epi-LASIK allows Dr. Markowitz and the surgeons of Delaware Eye Care Center to treat more patients with thin corneas, occupations or lifestyles that involve the risk of trauma to the eye or who have dry eyes and were once considered less than ideal candidates for LASIK.
A good candidate for Epi-LASIK must meet several general requisites. Ideal candidates are between 21 and 38 years of age and demonstrate realistic expectations regarding the potential results of refractive surgery. Candidates for refractive surgery must also demonstrate little to no change in their refraction (glasses prescription) for at least one year, and should be in good general health. A consultation with the surgeons of Delaware Eye Care Center will determine if any conditions may affect your candidacy for refractive surgery.
Individuals interested in Epi-LASIK should contact the LASIK Coordinator by calling 800-900-2020 to discuss any questions related to the procedure or to schedule a consultation with one of Delaware Eye Care Center"s Dover eye surgeons.
1 Before LASIK became popular, PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) was the most common refractive surgery procedure performed. PRK was invented in the early 1980"s and the first FDA approval of a laser for PRK was in 1995. PRK is performed with an excimer laser, which uses a cool ultraviolet light beam to precisely remove very tiny bits of tissue from the surface of the cornea in order to reshape it. When you reshape the cornea in the right way, it works better to focus light entering the eye onto the retina, providing clearer vision than before.
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