No, 'laser in situ keratomileusis' is not a new method of preparing carrots. It is better known as LASIK!
If you still aren't sure what LASIK is, here is a brief description: The procedure involves utilizing a very precise laser that will, in essence, reshape the front surface of the eye (the cornea) to refocus light rays onto the retina providing good vision without the need of glasses or contact lenses. The procedure is painless, quick and has a very short recovery time. Most patients see 20/20 the next day!
This procedure basically reduces your dependency on corrective lenses. It is a 'freedom of sorts' especially for patients who have worn eyeglasses or contact lenses for most of their lives. Imagine that! No more fogged up eyeglasses. Swimming in a pool and actually being able to see underwater without the need for contact lenses. No more looking for your glasses, when in fact, you may need your glasses to actually find your glasses! The list can go on and on.
Are there limitations? Yes. Many very high nearsighted, farsighted and astigmatic prescriptions may not allow LASIK. The FDA has established the youngest age at which LASIK can be performed at 18 years old. (I don't recommend even under 21 years old). The eye and cornea must be healthy and free of disease.
Does it eliminate the need for glasses forever? No. As we all age, the ability of the lens in the eye to focus at all distances decreases, eventually requiring reading glasses, but the freedom from needing distance glasses for most tasks is still great.
Our office has been helping patients pursue their dream of life without dependency of eyeglasses and contact lenses for 20 years. And we have hundreds of happy patients who chose this life-changing procedure.
Incidentally, we have one of the finest world class surgeons available in the U.S. right here in Madison. His name is Dr. Louis Probst of TLC and he performs LASIK every week at the TLC center on High Crossing Boulevard 10 minutes from our office. Dr. Probst has performed more than 100,000 procedures and, along with TLC, is known throughout the world with offices dedicated to performing only laser refractive surgery in the best way possible with the latest technology available.
So if you every thought about ending your dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses, let us know and we can arrange a free evaluation. It can be life changing. Just ask anyone who has experienced it!