Bring Your World into Focus with LASIK
If you have been wondering what life would be like with clear vision, free of glasses or contact lenses, then you owe it to yourself to consider LASIK. It is a painless, safe and effective outpatient procedure that corrects a wide range of vision problems. There's a reason so many people are getting LASIK these days. It really can improve your eyesight — dramatically in most cases.
Compared to other vision correction procedures, LASIK provides a number of very important advantages. There’s typically little or no post-operative discomfort. Recovery is fast and complications are extremely rare. And you’ll notice improved vision immediately. In fact, and most LASIK patients eliminate or greatly reduce their need for glasses after surgery.
The Five Steps of LASIK
- Before surgery, the front of your cornea is measured with a wave scan. This produces a map of your cornea which determines areas the laser will treat. You are then given a mild sedative to help you relax.
- After numbing your eye with mild anesthetic drops, your eyelid is stabilized with a lid holder. The surgeon then creates a flap of tissue and gently folds it back, exposing the cornea.
- Guided by the wave scan and a computer programmed for your prescription, the surgeon applies a cool-beam laser in brief pulses. The laser gently reshapes targeted areas of the cornea to correct your vision.
- The actual laser is applied for less than 60 seconds per eye. The corneal flap is then replaced and smoothed.
- The cornea begins the natural healing process immediately. Most patients notice improved vision right away.
The Latest Technology: 100% Blade-Free LASIK
Armstrong George Cohen Will Ophthalmology proudly offers the latest innovation in LASIK technology: IntraLase 100% Blade-Free LASIK. Our LASIK surgeon Dr. Eric George received specialized training from IntraLase, and is among the first surgeons in Bucks and Eastern Montgomery Counties to offer Blade-Free LASIK.
In Blade-Free LASIK, the surgeon uses a computer-guided laser to create an even, precise cornea flap at the beginning of your surgery. Unlike regular LASIK, no blades or mechanical cutting devices are used, and no blade ever touches your eye. Blade-Free LASIK greatly reduces the likelihood of the most significant complications, and gives your surgeon maximum control, resulting in better outcomes. In a clinical survey of LASIK patients who had their corneal flaps created using a blade in one eye and the IntraLase method in the other, the vision in the IntraLase-treated eye was preferred 3 to1(among those who stated a preference).
More than 1 million patients have selected the Blade-Free LASIK procedure. Although the cost is a bit higher than regular LASIK, the benefits of precise control and accurate vision correction make it an increasingly popular choice.
Are You a Candidate?
The ideal LASIK patient is someone who is over 18 years of age and has healthy corneas with a relatively stable prescription. People with certain medical conditions or pregnant and nursing women may not be good candidates. Candidates should also have a good understanding of the risks and rewards from LASIK. The best way to find out if you are a good candidate is to arrange for a complete eye evaluation with our LASIK Surgeon, Dr. Eric George. You will know in minutes whether this procedure is right for you. During the evaluation Dr. George will answer any questions you may have and discuss your post-surgery expectations.
Not a Candidate? Consider Epi-LASIK.
You may not qualify for LASIK if you have corneas that are too thin, steep or flat, or if your profession puts you at risk for eye injury. However, a similar surgery called Epi-LASIK may be an option for you. This advanced procedure separates the ultra-thin epithelial sheet from the rest of the cornea. The laser is then applied to the surface only, maintaining the integrity of the cornea. Afterwards, a transparent contact lens is placed on the area to act as a temporary bandage. Like LASIK, the result is long-term improved vision.
Vision Correction at Armstrong George Cohen Will Ophthalmology
Our Cornea Specialist Eric George MD performs LASIK, Blade-Free LASIK and Epi-LASIK, operating at the TLC Laser Eye Center in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Dr. George is a graduate of Penn State and Hahnemann University School of Medicine, and was Chief Resident at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital of Columbia University. After completing a fellowship in Cornea and LASIK Surgery at Louisiana State University, he has successfully performed thousands of eye surgeries. Learn more about Dr. George.