Although glasses and contacts can improve your vision if you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, they can be uncomfortable and restricting.
Dr. Laurence T.D. Sperber, MD, PC, offers LASIK eye surgery--an innovative procedure that can help you achieve clearer, crisper vision at our New York, NY, practice.
Find out what makes LASIK so great...
Reducing or eliminating the need for glasses and contact lenses not only gives patients more freedom and independence, but can save you money on eye care and eyewear, as well. Self-reliance can translate to heightened self-esteem, especially if you cannot wear contacts.
You should begin to see changes within a day or so. As your eyes heal from the corneal reshaping performed during the LASIK protocol, you will continue to experience better and better vision. Patients can usually resume driving within a couple of days.
Some activities, like swimming, can be more challenging for patients who require contact lenses or glasses to see clearly. By undergoing the LASIK eye surgery procedure, you can explore activities and interests that were previously unavailable or too much of a challenge.
Additional Advantages of Choosing LASIK
Additional benefits commonly reported by patients include:
- No sutures or bandages: Lasers have changed the way professionals like Dr. Sperber in New York operate on their patients. Because lasers are extremely precise instruments, no stitches are required to close the incisions after surgery. This reduces the trauma to the eye and speeds up recovery. It also lowers the risk of infection during healing.
- Career opportunities: Some career paths like law enforcement or aviation are not available to those who have to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. By removing the barriers to interviewing and studying for new positions, LASIK eye surgery can transform a patient’s job outlook.
However, not every patient is a candidate for LASIK...
Do You Qualify for LASIK Eye Surgery?
Patients must be over 18 years old to undergo LASIK. Additionally, you should be in good overall health as certain conditions such as autoimmune diseases can increase your risk of complications. You should also wait to undergo LASIK if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
LASIK patients must have proper corneal thickness in order to allow for safe creation of the corneal flap needed for this procedure. If you have thinner corneas, you may be better suited for PRK or LASEK, both of which are popular alternatives to LASIK and can be safely performed by Dr. Sperber at our New York practice.
Your eye should be in good health and free of corneal diseases, glaucoma, infection, and cataracts, among other issues. Additionally, your vision needs to be stable for at least a year prior to undergoing LASIK. If you have large pupils, you may be at a higher risk of developing complications such as halos and glare.
Unsure about the LASIK procedure?
Providing Comfortable, Safe Laser Eye Surgery
Many patients are fearful of undergoing LASIK because they believe it may be painful. However, numbing eye drops are used and sedation can be provided to help you feel at ease throughout the procedure. In regards to safety, you can enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that LASIK is considered exceptionally safe, with a complication rate of less than 1 percent.
Advanced technology is the key to LASIK eye surgery...
Unparalleled Accuracy with the Excimer Laser
Earlier forms of LASIK eye surgery used only the microkeratome to reshape the cornea. The development and subsequent FDA approval of the excimer laser have transformed this procedure. An excimer laser provides the advantages of submicron accuracy combined with improvements in microkeratome technology, to allow for increased precision, personalization, and safer overall treatment for LASIK patients by decreasing the risk of complications.
Typically, if you are over the age of 18, with stable vision—meaning no change in your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses for about 12 months—and free from ocular disease, then you may be a candidate for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
How is LASIK performed?
Before having Laser Vision Correction at our New York practice, you will have a complete pre-operative examination performed by Dr. Sperber or Dr. Sherman. It is important that you remove your soft contact lenses at least one week prior to this examination. Hard or Rigid Gas Permeable contact lenses must be removed at least four to six weeks prior to the pre-op exam. Once a doctor has determined that you are a candidate for Laser Vision Correction, you can be scheduled for your laser procedure.
Prior to Surgery
Before the actual surgery, it is also necessary to be without contact lenses: one week for soft contact lenses; and four to six weeks for hard or rigid gas permeable contact lenses. You can eat and drink normally prior to your procedure.
Upon arrival in the laser suite, anesthetic eye drops will be placed in your eyes. You will then sit down on the laser chair and it will recline until you are lying flat. Once in the laser chair, you will look up at a red light, which you will see in front of you. The doctor will put some anesthetic drops in your eye and then a lid speculum, an instrument that will prevent you from blinking, will be placed in your eye. The doctor will then prepare you for the procedure by telling you exactly what will happen during the procedure. You will be instructed when it is most important to look at the light. The procedure itself will take only a few minutes.
The microkeratome passes over the surface of the cornea creating a flap in the anterior portion. The flap is then moved, and gently held, to one side. The laser is then centered over the pupil and gently reshapes the cornea by removing a minute amount of corneal tissue in a precise, computer-guided pattern, sculpting it into a new shape. Only a microscopic amount of corneal tissue is removed. This part of the procedure usually takes less than a minute. The corneal flap is then repositioned and fluid is used to irrigate beneath it to remove debris. After a few moments, the corneal flap securely adheres back into its original position, completing the entire procedure in about 10-15 minutes.
Immediately Following the Procedure
At the end of the procedure at our New York practice, a plastic eye shield will be taped over your eyes. You will then sit up and the doctor will check your eyes. After you leave the laser suite, you will be given your post-operative instructions regarding the drops you will take and then you will be ready to go home.
Imagine seeing the world with crystal clear vision...
LASIK Post-Operative Care
After LASIK, the visual recovery is very rapid. On the day of your procedure, your vision will be somewhat foggy or smoky. By the next day, your vision will be significantly better. It is very important to avoid rubbing your eyes for the first week after LASIK, and it is crucial to take your drops as instructed by your doctor.
After LASIK, some patients experience some increased dryness in their eyes, which can lead to some visual symptoms such as halos around lights or problems with glare. These problems are usually short lived and using the prescribed drops and artificial tears should hasten their resolution.
Potential Side-Effects and Complications
LASIK has a very high degree of success. Even though the FDA approved this procedure, there may be a small percentage of patients who experience minor under-correction or over-correction, halos or glare around lights. Usually these symptoms spontaneously disappear. Enhancement procedures may be performed to correct over- or under-correction. 20/20 vision is our goal, but we cannot guarantee perfect vision. Nor can we promise that eyeglasses or contact lenses will not be needed in the future. Our goal is to reduce or eliminate your dependence upon glasses and contact lenses. Any patient at the average age of 40 may require reading glasses.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have questions about LASIK or would like to learn more about your candidacy, please call our office at (212) 753-8300 or contact our New York team online to schedule your consultation with Dr. Sperber. Patients can also weigh the benefits of LASIK versus photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), a similar procedure, by speaking with Dr. Sperber.
Laurence T.D. Sperber, MD, PC
Dr. Sperber is a fellowship-trained, board-certified ophthalmic surgeon who has been serving the eye care needs of New York patients for over 20 years.
He belongs to various notable organizations, including:
- The American Board of Ophthalmology - Diplomate
- The American Academy of Ophthalmology - Fellow
To schedule a consultation at Dr. Sperber's practice, contact us online or call us at (212) 753-8300.