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What is laser vision correction (LASIK)?
Laser vision correction, most commonly known as LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis), is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The LASIK surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist who uses a laser to reshape the eye's cornea in order to improve visual acuity. For most people, LASIK provides a long-lasting alternative to eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Advanced LASIK Procedure
When making the decision to have LASIK, you want to be sure that your doctor is offering a safe and trusted technology for the first step of the procedure. That’s why our practice uses the iFS® Advanced Femtosecond Laser with 5th-Generation IntraLase® Technology. Millions of Americans choose laser vision correction surgery each year. We offer our patients the unsurpassed safety, precision and accuracy of the iFS® laser. This all-laser approach is so refined and predictable that it is the only method of LASIK approved by both NASA and the U.S. Military. The new iFS® laser is also now making it possible to treat patients who may have previously been told they were not candidates for LASIK due to thin corneas or dry eyes. The iFS® laser is a completely bladeless method of LASIK. To create the corneal flap – the important first step in the LASIK procedure – the iFS® laser uses advanced light energy that is virtually painless. The iFS® laser can create a corneal flap within 10 seconds or less, which helps reduce the overall time it takes to perform LASIK. Enhanced treatment times means faster visual recovery for patients. It also means less stress on our patients and reduced fear and anxiety. We can now create cornea flaps with pinpoint accuracy that are truly customized for each patient’s particular vision needs. If you’ve been waiting for the next-generation LASIK technology – or have been told you are not an ideal candidate for LASIK – please call us at: 914-476-5496.
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The LASIK Procedure
The advanced Lasik procedure actually uses two different lasers, the iFS® laser and the Excimer laser. The IFS® laser is used to create a flap in the cornea, exposing the inner cornea, so the Excimer laser can gently reshape the cornea, correcting vision issues.
Preparation for Surgery
Before your Lasik procedure begins, your eyes will be anesthetized with a few eye drops. Once in the operating suite you will be placed in a relaxed position on a surgical bed and moved into position directly under the iFS® laser. The doctor will use an eyelid holder to keep the eye open during the brief procedure.
Creating the Corneal Flap
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A small suction device is placed on the eye to make the cornea firm enough to create the flap, your vision will be momentarily blocked by this device. Next, the iFS® laser is used to create the corneal flap. 150,000 PULSES PER SECOND of laser light are precisely focused within the cornea, forming thousands of bubbles to define your personalized flap. Because of its unprecedented speed and accuracy, this part of the procedure has been given the phrase "The 10-second flap". The iFS® laser is also designed to deliver biomechanically engineered flaps customized for each individual cornea. Because of its extraordinary speed and precision, the iFS® laser offers less discomfort for the patient, reduced tissue response and less inflammation for a more comfortable post-operative recovery.
Reshaping the Cornea
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Once the corneal flap is created, the doctor will use a special instrument to gently fold back the flap. The eye is now prepared for the Excimer laser to gently re–shape the cornea. Based on preliminary measurements taken by the doctor during the pre–operative examination, a sophisticated computer program controls the amount of laser pulses needed to reshape the cornea. This portion of the procedure only lasts a few minutes.
Flap Return
Following the correction of the refractive error, the doctor will fold back the flap to its normal position on the cornea. Once in place, a special medical sponge is used to smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles under the flap.
After both eyes are corrected, you will be asked to sit up and the doctor will look at the your eyes through a high–powered microscope to check the placement of the corneal flaps. You will then be taken to a quiet room where you will be given post–operative instructions. Normally patients can see immediately after the procedure.
What is Advanced CustomVue Lasik?
Your eyes are uniquely yours so shouldn't your Lasik procedure be as personal? Of course it should, and it can be with the Advanced CustomVue procedure utilizing wavefront-driven technology. Because each of your eyes has tiny, microscopic differences that make it unique from every other eye, the best vision correction for you should be designed around these unique differences. It just makes sense. That’s why people around the world trust the Advanced CustomVue procedure. It is the only procedure that has the technology to personalize treatment to your individual vision needs.
Advanced CustomVue has Helped
  • 94% of participants had results giving them 20/20 vision or better.
  • Over 92% of participants were very satisfied with the sharpness and clarity of their vision in daylight.
  • 100% of participants could meet the standard requirement to drive without any glasses or contacts.
  • Four times as many participants were very satisfied with their night vision without lenses as they were with lenses before treatment.
  • The majority of individuals agree that LASIK had a positive effect on their active lifestyle.
  • Of those who participate in sports or fitness- related activities, 84% agree they feel better about participating in sports.
The Advanced CustomVue Procedure
CustomVue Lasik, also known as Wavefront-guided Lasik, is a more technologically-advanced Lasik procedure that allows doctors to create an individualized laser correction specific to your eye. CustomVue Lasik is also referred to as the "fingerprint of your vision," because, just like a fingerprint, each person's surgical treatment is 100% unique to their eyes. This unique mapping of your eye is created by the Wavescan machine, which is derived from Wavefront Technology.
Step 1 - Precise Planning (start with a plan that's your own)
Much like a satellite map on the Internet, the wavefront-guided system creates an intricate, personalized map of your eye by revealing the unique way it processes light. The result is an in-depth representation of your unique vision needs.
Step 2 - Laser Treatment (your personalized plan guides the laser)
An ultra-precise laser is used to gently reshape the cornea based on the digital information from your personalized eye map. The Advanced CustomVue procedure includes a number of technology advancements that improve treatment accuracy.
Step 3 - Vision Improvement (see clearly)
Your best personal vision is only possible with careful planning, precise treatment and good post-procedure care.
Is CustomVue Right for You?
An ideal LASIK candidate is someone who is over 18 years of age, has healthy corneas and a stable prescription for at least two years. With the Advanced CustomVue procedure, individuals with nearsightedness, farsightedness and all types of astigmatism have the potential to achieve clearer and sharper vision. If you are interested in having laser vision correction, you will need to have a pre-surgical examination to determine if your eyes are healthy and suitable for surgery. This will include a complete medical and eye history, and thorough examination of both eyes with a wavefront system.