LASIK eye surgery

We, at North American Lasik and Eye surgery center, bring you the latest, unmatched laser vision technology: Wavelight EX 500® from Alcon. This machine treats 1 diopter of Myopia or hyperopia in 1.4 seconds only. It can treat a -3.0 D myopic patient in less than 4 seconds. The features of this machine reduces surgeon dependence factor to minimal resulting in a repetitive excellent result.

The Lasik Eye Surgery is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hypermetropia, and astigmatism. Data from the prior 10 years revealed a 95.4 percent patient satisfaction rate among LASIK patients.

The most vital part for an excellent LASIK outcome is the preLASIK assessment. During the LASIK assessment an optometrist will perform the following tasks:

1)    Detailed Health History as some medications and health conditions may affect the outcomes of the procedure

2)    REFRACTION to obtain an accurate prescription

3)    CORNEAL TOPOGRAPHY to measure the curvature and regularity of the cornea and is very important in detecting a variety of corneal abnormalities. If certain abnormalities are found (e.g. Keratocconus, PMD), then LASIK may be an unsafe procedure

4)    PUPIL TESTING measuring the pupil diameter in the light vs dark is also very important in the outcome of the surgery, in order to reduce the amount of glare from lights especially at night

5)    PACHYMETRY measures the thickness of the cornea available for treatment. Patients with abnormally thin corneas are offered other available treatment options.

6)    SLIT LAMP examination of the eye is done to make sure that the overall health of the eye and lid hygiene (blepharitis) is normal; this exam also includes the Eye pressure check (tonometry) to make sure that the eye pressure isn’t abnormally high.

7)    DRY EYE TESTING If a patient has dry eye symptoms or an abnormally short tear breakup time, patients will need treatment and re-evaluation until dryness is improved, before LASIK can be performed

8)    FUNDUS PHOTOGRAPHY  takes a picture of the back of the eye (retina) to make sure the optic nerve, macula and all retinal vessels are within normal limits

9)    If indicated the patient will be dilated for a complete dilated fundus exam and a cycloplegic refraction

N.B. If you normally wear contact lenses it is best not to wear your contact lenses for at least 24 hrs prior to the assessment

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