Learn More about LASIK
What is Lasik?
LASIK stands for Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. This literally means, “to shape the cornea within, using laser.” For some patients, LASIK surgery is the best way to achieve natural vision. For example, nearsightedness or myopia occurs when light rays entering the eye are focused in front of the retina instead of directly on it. Myopia is a result of the curvature (power) of the cornea being too strong or the length of the eyeball being too long.
Prior to the LASIK procedure, drops are placed on the eye to numb the cornea. During the procedure, the surgeon removes microscopic layers in the cornea, resulting in a “flatter” corneal surface. This allows images to fall directly on the retina in the back of the eye, creating improved, natural vision.
The entire treatment takes only about 15 minutes.
LASIK – Is it for you?
Step one: Read about LASIK here or call 1-800-789-PENN (7366) if you would like to schedule an appointment. You can also request an appointment online.
Step two: A LASIK evaluation is a thorough review of your individual case. It will help you decide if this procedure is right for you. Testing includes measuring your cornea to determine its health and exact curvature. The refractive surgery evaluation is not a substitute for a full, general eye exam, and does not include a prescription for glasses or contact lenses.
To schedule your complimentary LASIK evaluation, call 1-800-789-PENN (7366) if you would like to schedule an appointment. You can also request an appointment online.
Note: You will be instructed to STOP wearing your soft contact lenses for three (3) full days before your evaluation, and for three (3) full weeks if you wear hard lenses. We need accurate measurements of your eye's surface (the cornea) and contact lens wear often causes subtle changes in the curvature of the cornea. Patients can resume contact lens wear after the evaluation.
Step three: Schedule Your LASIK Treatment.
Once you have decided to have LASIK, our Refractive Surgery Coordinator will help you schedule your procedure. The procedure itself lasts about 15 minutes for both eyes. Eye drops given before the procedure will prevent infection, and numb your eye's surface.
Our staff will talk to you during the entire procedure, explaining each step. Following your treatment, we will provide post-treatment instructions and medications.
A friend or family member must drive you home. You will not be able to drive yourself. Generally, it is best to go directly home and take a nap.
Visit our encyclopedia to view our series on Lasik Eye Surgery to learn more.
How do I know if LASIK is for me?
A large percentage of nearsighted, farsighted, and astigmatic patients are potential candidates for LASIK. Patients who are 21 years of age or older, have healthy eyes that are free from retinal problems, corneal scars, and any eye disease are suitable.
The best candidates are people whose contact lenses or glasses interfere with their lifestyle or occupation. Based on the results of your evaluation and examinations, your doctor will be able to determine if you are a good candidate.
How long does LASIK take?
In our practice, LASIK is performed as an office procedure in the comfort and convenience of an excimer laser suite. The entire treatment takes about 5 to 7 minutes per eye or approximately 15 minutes for both eyes.
To learn more about LASIK, please contact our Refractive Surgery Coordinator at 215-662-8128 either to receive more information or to schedule your complimentary evaluation.