LASIK Eye Surgery at Stahl Vision Laser Eye Center in Dayton Ohio
About LASIK (Laser Assisted In-situ Keratomileusis) Eye Surgery
Glossary: LASIK, known medically as laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is a type of Laser Eye Surgery used for the Laser Vision Correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. CustomVision™ is a refinement of Custom Wavefront Laser Eye Surgery by Stahl Vision to achieve high contrast vision and can be done with LASIK.
At a Glance: LASIK
LASIK is the most popular choice for people undergoing refractive surgery. With LASIK, a thin flap of cornea cells is lifted, and the laser is then used to precisely remodel the undersurface. Following the procedure, the corneal flap is repositioned, where is quickly seals itself into place. Vision improvement is quick, hours to days, with minimal to no discomfort.
LASIK Eye Surgery is the most advanced type of Laser Eye Surgery used today to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASIK eye surgery is also the most common type of Laser Vision Correction performed around the world for patients with these vision problems.
LASIK is actually an abbreviation for the medical term, Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis that describes a procedure whereby a laser is used to reshape the Cornea from within.
In performing the LASIK procedure, Stahl Vision LASIK surgeons Drs. Stahl & Knowles begin by having a staff member place a few eye drops in your eyes to numb the surface of your eye. This is to make sure you are comfortable during your treatment. In fact, you will not experience any discomfort during your procedure.
A gentle lid holder, called an eyelid speculum, is used during surgery to remind you not to blink during your treatment. Based on your examination, your prescription and other measurements and calculations collected at your LASIK consultation, a treatment plan will have been determined. Drs. Stahl & Knowles will instruct the staff to program certain information into a computer that will monitor and control the actual application of the laser. One of the key measurements they use is the result of your Aberrometry found on your Wavefront Map.
LASIK is a type of eye surgery called “lamellar eye surgery” because it is performed between the layers of the cornea. LASIK is actually a three-step procedure:
The first step is to create a thin layer, or “flap”, under which the Laser Vision Correction is to be applied. Creating the “flap” can be accomplished using either a precise instrument called a microkeratome, or can be created using a femtosecond laser.
The second step is to carefully fold the “flap” over and allow the inner layer of the cornea to be visible so that the laser energy can be applied. For most patients the actual application of the Wavelight Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Excimer Laser only takes 2-15 seconds, depending on the amount of correction necessary.
The third step is to gently replace the “flap” back into its original position.
After the laser has been applied and the "flap" repositioned, the corneal curvature will have the new shape necessary to correct your vision. The Cornea is a remarkable tissue in that it has extraordinary natural bonding qualities so that the "flap" adheres to the underlying the Cornea without the need for sutures or stitches. The makes the healing and visual recover process very quick for most patients.
During the first few days after your LASIK surgery, it is important to avoid bumping or rubbing your eyes. It is normal and expected for you to have a mild scratchy or dry sensation. Drs. Stahl & Knowles and the staff will be giving you detailed instructions regarding eye drops to use to assist with the healing process.
YOU NEED TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
Also, Drs. Stahl & Knowles require you to return for a number of follow-up visits to check the healing process-regardless of how well you feel you are doing! Most patients having CustomVision™ at Stahl Vision are able to pass a drivers’ eye test without eyeglasses or contacts within a day or so of their LASIK Eye Surgery.
LASIK Monovision for Presbyopia & Near Vision Correction
For some patients, Near Vision and Presbyopia may be corrected with LASIK Monovision. LASIK Monovision is an FDA approved technique that corrects one eye for distance and one eye for near. Using LASIK Monovision addresses the need for two different focal lengths by focusing each eye at a different focal length. People over 40, who require glasses for distance vision – nearsighted or myopic individuals – frequently find that they can read up close quite well without their glasses. Correcting their distance vision to 20/20 almost always means that they will need glasses to be able to read up close. This is because they can no longer focus or adjust their focal length. Typically in LASIK Monovision, the eye that is corrected for distance is the dominant eye and the eye that is corrected for near is the non-dominant eye. If LASIK Monovision is a good choice for correcting your near vision, Dr. Stahl & Knowles and the staff will make that recommendation for you and spend the time necessary to answer your questions.
It is most important to discuss all of your concerns and questions with Drs. Stahl & Knowles and staff at Stahl Vision so that they can take the time to explain any information that you may be uncertain about. As you prepare to schedule your LASIK eye surgery consultation, take a moment to think about the specific things in your everyday life that you would enjoy more if you weren’t dependent on glasses or contact lenses. Share these details with the Stahl Vision staff so that together you can set realistic expectations for your LASIK surgery. The LASIK surgeons at Stahl Vision are dedicated to learning about your personal vision correction goals and making sure that they help you achieve them.
Stahl Vision Laser & Eye Surgery Center in Dayton Ohio is conveniently located for patients seeking LASIK Laser Eye Surgery from Troy, Tipp City, Sidney, Greenville, New Carlisle, Springfield, Huber Heights, Fairborn, Centerville, Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Kettering, Oakwood, Dayton, Trotwood, Englewood, Brookville, Germantown, Vandalia, Eaton, Xenia, Jamestown, Washington Court House, Yellow Springs, Carlisle, Franklin, Springboro, Waynesville, Lebanon, Mason, Oxford, and Middletown Ohio. Please call Stahl Vision at 937.643.2020 to schedule an appointment for an examination and consultation for LASIK Vision Correction.
At Stahl Vision, patient safety & results are our top priority. While most of our patients are very pleased with their results, like all medical procedures, there are risks involved.
Click here for a full list of risks and considerations associated with LASIK and our technology.