Every eye and its associated refractive errors are unique, much like one´s fingerprint. Recent advancements in technology now allow us not only to measure these unique refractive imperfections, but also to accurately and predictably eliminate them.
Thanks to CustomVue® LASIK, it´s now possible for many patients to achieve a quality of vision better than 20/20. At the heart of CustomVue® LASIK procedures is the aberrometer, VISX WaveScan™ wave-front measurement system. By adopting technology originally developed for high-powered telescopes, Dr. Izzo can use these wave-front measurement devices to identify and quantify imperfections in the individual´s eye 25 times more precisely than the standard methods used for eyeglasses and contact lenses. This information is then digitally transferred to the excimer laser for the treatment, providing a new level of precision and accuracy.
Steps to Blade-Free iLASIK Procedure
Step 1 – Creating Your Vision Profile with the VISX Wavescan
The first step in the blade free ilasik procedure is to perform a series of tests to determine the individual characteristics of your vision using Advanced CustomVue® Wavescan technology. The Wavescan system creates a 3-D map of the unique imperfections of your eyes. This technology provides 25 times more precise measurement than with standard methods used for glasses and contact lenses. This map is used to drive the laser that corrects your vision.
Step 2 – Making the Corneal Flap with the Intralase Laser
The iLASIK procedure exclusively uses the Intralase Method, A 100% blade free approach to creating your corneal flap – a thin flap of tissue is folded. The Intralase laser then creates an extremely precise flap by producing tiny bubbles inside the cornea (clear front surface of the eye). The Intralase Method can only be performed using the FDA-approved Intralase laser.
Step 3 – Your LASIK Laser Vision Correction with the Visx Star S4 Laser
Now that the corneal flap has been created, your vision can be corrected utilizing the VISX Star S4™ excimer laser. This excimer laser system is FDA approved to treat the broadest range of vision imperfections, including mild to severe nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Step 4 – Surgery Recovery
It is normal for your vision to be blurry and to fluctuate for the first few days. People typically see gradual improvement in vision over the next four weeks. Complete visual recovery can take at least 3-6 months. You may experience dimming of your vision in the evenings, light sensitivity, or halos around lights during the healing phase. These symptoms and any discomfort you may have should decrease over time.
Everyone heals differently. Your progress will be monitored at regularly scheduled visits and your treatment will be decided accordingly.
Take the Next Step!
- Schedule your Free Evaluation to determine if the iLASIK procedure is right for you.
- At your evaluation you will be able to meet Dr. Izzo and get answers to your questions.
- Schedule your LASIK procedure and understand the post-surgery follow up visits.
All Laser LASIK: Frequently Asked Questions
At Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons, we perform All Laser LASIK procedures in the comfort of our state-of-the-art surgical suite located in our Wyomissing, PA office. We offer all of our patients the most technically advanced equipment designed to make your procedure as safe and efficient as possible. Berks Eye utilizes the All Laser LASIK system which includes the VISX WaveScan Wavefront™ System, IntraLase FS™ Femtosecond Laser and the VISX STAR S4 IR™ Excimer Laser for most laser vision correction procedures.
What does All Laser LASIK mean? How does it work?
All Laser LASIK is a state-of-the-art procedure where two lasers are used to perform LASIK. The first is a Femtosecond Laser which safely and painlessly creates a LASIK flap without the use of a metal blade. It does this by accurately focusing infrared laser energy onto the cornea. The second laser is the Excimer Laser which reshapes the cornea to correct the refractive error (glasses / contact lenses prescription).
Who is a candidate for All Laser LASIK?
If you are 18 years of age or older and wear glasses or contact lenses to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or mixed astigmatism, you may benefit from All Laser LASIK. Schedule your free consultation to determine if you are a candidate today.
What can All Laser LASIK do for me?
As shown in FDA clinical studies, LASIK can produce better vision than possible with glasses or contact lenses. Results vary by the type of condition being treated, however a large number of our patients boast 20/15 vision after a LASIK procedure with Dr. Izzo.
Can I get LASIK if I have astigmatism?
Astigmatism occurs when the eye is oval rather than round. The laser can treat most levels of astigmatism. The laser does this by removing more tissue in one direction of the eye than another to make it more round.
How much does LASIK cost? Will insurance cover LASIK?
Some Insurance companies do offer a certain percentage off of the LASIK procedure. Patients should inquire with their insurance representatives to determine benefits and coverage. With the financing options that we have available, it can be quite affordable – as low as $79 a month. Health savings and flex spending are alternative options. Ask for more details about some of the low-interest financing programs we can provide for our patients. Visit our LASIK cost page to find out how much our procedure is for patients in Reading.
How long will the LASIK procedure take?
The procedure usually takes approximately 5-10 minutes per eye and is done in our LASIK Suite located right here in our office in Wyomissing, PA. You should plan to be in our office for about an hour to an hour and a half. You will go home and rest for the remainder of the day/night and return the follow day for your post-op exam before resuming full activity.
How long will I need to take off work?
Most patients return to work within two days; some even go back the day after surgery.
What is the recovery process like?
There is almost no pain involved with LASIK. Most LASIK patients usually see very well the day after their procedure and may be able to resume most of their normal daily activities. Although the speed of visual recovery depends on each person’s individual healing time, most patients notice dramatic visual results within the first few days following their procedure.
How long will the correction last?
LASIK is a permanent procedure. In some cases, however, an enhancement procedure may be required. Some patients’ eyes may change throughout their lifetime, which can happen with glasses or contact lenses as well.
I need reading glasses. Can LASIK correct my vision?
LASIK corrects distance vision. If LASIK is performed such that distance glasses are not needed, and the patient is over 40, it is likely that they will need to put on a pair of glasses to read. The exception to this is when patients opt to have monovision, when one eye is corrected fully for distance and the other eye is left slightly under-corrected. Only about 10 to 20 percent of patients opt to have monovision correction, and it is only recommended in patients who have tried it with contact lenses and liked the results.
How does LASIK affect night vision?
FDA clinical studies showed that three times as many participants were very satisfied with their night vision after treatment compared to their night vision with glasses or contact lenses before treatment. Ask Dr. Izzo for more information.
Will I need glasses or contact lenses after LASIK?
Probably not. Individual results may vary, but one year after an FDA clinical study for treatment of myopia (nearsightedness), all participants saw well enough to drive a car without glasses or contact lenses. Most participants achieved 20/20 vision or better.