Optical Services in West Chester, Paoli and Kennett Square PA

LASIK West Chester, Kennett Square, & Paoli, PA

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What is LASIK surgery?

LASIK is an eye surgery at Vistarr Laser & Vision in West Chester, Kennett Square, Paoli, PA, that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. These common focusing errors of the eye are all attributed to the shape of the cornea, and LASIK reshapes the cornea. In LASIK, after a protective flap of tissue is created in the outer layer of the cornea (either with a surgical blade or a laser), the laser is then used to precisely reshape the cornea under the flap. The reshaped cornea then heals and because the light is refracted more optimally onto the retina, the patient’s vision is vastly improved.

Why Choose Vistarr for Laser Eye Surgery?

Our skilled and experienced eye surgeons will use the latest WaveFront technology to analyze your eyes and determine if refractive surgery is right for you. If so, they’ll customize the procedure to the unique structure of your eyes and deliver the highest quality care.

With a variety of options to choose from, including bladeless LASIK, almost anyone can improve their vision. We offer the following vision correction services:

Lasik (Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis). During this surgery to correct vision problems a surgeon cuts a thin flap in the cornea then folds the flap to the side. Using a laser, the doctor reshapes the cornea underneath the opening. The flap is then laid back in place and the cornea heals without the use of stitches.

Epi-K (Epi-keratome). During this procedure, the surgeon accesses corneal tissue not by cutting a flap but by separating just the thin upper layer of the cornea known as the epithelium from the underlying layers of the cornea. The patient’s vision is then corrected using a laser, and the epithelium is removed.

LASEK (Laser Epithelial keratomileusis). This procedure involves preserving the extremely thin epithelial layer of the cornea by lifting it from the eye’s surface before using laser energy to reshape the cornea. The epithelium is then replaced on the eye’s surface. It may be a good choice for patients whose corneas are too thin or steep for other procedures.

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What are focusing errors and why do they occur?

The shape of the cornea is to blame for focusing problems. When a person is nearsighted, the curvature of the cornea is too steep. When a person is nearsighted, the cornea is too flat. And when a person has astigmatism, the eyeball is shaped more like a football than round, creating areas of focusing problems.

How is Corrective eye surgery performed?

LASIK, short for laser assisted in situ keratomileusis, is an amazing surgery that takes just around 15 minutes. Typically, the total time with our team at Vistarr Laser & Vision will be from 1.5 to two hours.

What is the eye surgery procedure?

  • Preparation — Eye drops are applied to numb the eyes. Some patients also are given some sedation medication to relax them. Your eyelids are then propped open with a lid speculum.
  • Accessing the cornea — The eye is stabilized, creating a feeling of mild pressure. Your surgeon then creates a thin flap in the cornea, providing access to the cornea. The flap is folded back.
  • Reshaping the cornea — Using a computer-controlled excimer laser, your surgeon directs pulses of light at the eye, precisely reshaping the cornea.
  • Replacing the flap — Once your cornea has been reshaped, the final step is to replace the corneal flap. It heals on its own without any sutures.

What is recovery like after laser eye surgery?

After your brief surgery, we’ll examine your eyes. Then you can return home, but you can’t drive yourself. After your surgery, you may have some slight itching or burning in your eyes, and you’ll probably have some additional tear production. These are normal signs of the healing process.

In most patients, vision is normal within eight hours and then continues to improve over time. In some cases, it can take several months to reach the full extent of your vision improvement. But in other patients, results are within a few weeks with a dramatic improvement in just hours.

What are the risks of Lasik?

The majority of patients don’t have any complications after LASIK surgery, but there can be some risks. Dry eyes can be a temporary side effect in about half of LASIK surgeries. We provide artificial tears to help with this. Infection is possible. The residual refractive error can remain in patients with very high prescriptions; they may require a follow-up “enhancement.” Some patients regress with time; this can also be corrected with a later “enhancement.” Night vision problems such as glare and halos can develop, but they usually decrease over time. Complications such as wrinkling can develop with the corneal flap, but this occurs in less than one half of one percent of patients. These are the most common LASIK risks.

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Contact Us Today! Vistarr Laser & Vision Centers offer LASIK procedures to patients in West Chester, Paoli, and Kennett Square, PA. Call (610) 692-8100 or fill out a Contact Form here to learn more.

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