LASIK in Charleston: Visual Freedom through Vision Correction
LASIK, or laser assisted in situ keratomileusis, refers to a surgical procedure where a flap is created in the cornea with either a microkeratome blade or IntraLase laser then a second laser is used to reshape the underlying cornea to treat vision errors.
Exciting advancements in technology now allow surgeons to customize treatment options by using wavefront technology to create a 3-dimensional map of the eye that is as unique to each patient as the fingerprint or DNA. Known as Custom LASIK, the information contained in this customized map guides the laser for a more precise surgical outcome.
Key benefits to Custom LASIK
- Custom tailored correction for the unique characteristics of your individual vision
- Unlike conventional LASIK, custom LASIK treats both lower and higher-order aberrations which can create problems such as glare, halos and night vision disturbances
- Proven technology with ongoing innovation and consistent clinical outcomes
- Uses IntraLase technology, which is the completely laser, no-blade approach to LASIK
SLC, or Surface Laser Correction, is a surgical procedure involving the gentle removal of the surface layer of the cornea, followed by the same computer-controlled excimer laser used in Custom LASIK, to sculpt and re-shape the surface of the eye. Like Custom LASIK, SLC can also be used for the treatment of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. SLC recovery may be more gradual than with LASIK, however your surgeon may recommend SLC for patients with larger pupils or thinner corneas.
What to expect during LASIK
- Numbing drops will be placed in the eye before surgery to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
- The area around the eye will be cleansed with an iodine preparation and your other eye will be covered or lightly taped closed.
- You will be placed in a comfortable, yet stable, position so that your eye can be properly positioned under the laser. You may feel the surgeon touching your eye during the procedure but you should not feel any pain or discomfort.
- A lot of patients worry unnecessarily about blinking. An instrument called an eyelid speculum will be used to keep your eyelid open during the procedure so your only job is to relax and let your surgeon take care of your eyes.
- As the ring is placed on your eye there will be a brief period where you will not be able to see out of that eye. The microkeratome or IntraLase laser will then create the cornea flap, allowing the surgeon access to the cornea.
- The cornea flap will be folded back to expose the area to be treated with the laser. You may notice a slight odor from the exchange of gases emitted while the laser is reshaping the cornea. This is a normal part of the procedure and nothing to worry about.
- Once the laser treatment is completed the cornea flap will be repositioned. Your surgeon will observe your eye to ensure the flap has adhered properly.
- You will be asked to remain in the waiting area for approximately 20 minutes post surgery to allow your flap to settle. The surgeon will recheck the flap again before you leave.
- You will be given a clear plastic shield to wear at night over the treated eye for one week to prevent eye rubbing during sleep.
- You will be scheduled for follow up visits at approximately 1 day, 10 days and 3 months after surgery.
LASIK procedures are performed in the Ladson office of Carolina Cataract & Laser Center. As the newest laser center in the Charleston area, patients can be assured that our state-of-the-art facility uses only the most advanced and safest technology available today. Patient comfort, safety and visual outcomes are the highest priority for surgeons Michelle S. Ying, MD, David T. Vroman, MD, Millin C. Budev, MD and Kristiana D. Neff, MD and their team of professionals.
The first step in any surgical process is a consultation. Call today at (843) 797.3676 to schedule your vision correction consultation with Michelle S. Ying, MD, David T. Vroman, MD, Millin C. Budev, MD, or Kristiana D. Neff, MD and get one step closer to your own visual freedom.
Contact Lens Policy: Please remember if you wear soft contact lenses, you must leave them out of your eyes for seven days prior to the preoperative exam and the procedure.
If you wear hard or gas permeable lenses, you must leave them out of your eyes for a minimum of four weeks prior to the preoperative exam and the procedure.
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)
Refractive lens exchange is a surgical option for some patients where the natural lens of the eye is replaced with an artificial lens, similar to cataract surgery. Benefits of refractive lens exchange include the elimination of the need for future cataract surgery and rapid recovery. For patients already having cataracts, premium lens options can now be included with traditional cataract surgery to provide the same freedom from glasses as those patients undergoing refractive lens exchange surgery. Your surgeon will discuss multifocal and Toric® lens options to find the solution that is best for your individual needs.
Because the cornea is relatively untouched, RLE may be a better option for patients with thin corneas, large pupils, dry eyes or other minor cornea problems than LASIK. RLE may be used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and, because of exciting new advancements, presbyopia, or the need for reading glasses.
Refractive Lens Exchange with or without cataracts is performed at a local surgery center. This state-of-the-art facility allows Carolina Cataract & Laser Center surgeons to use the latest and most advanced technology available today. Your Carolina Cataract & Laser Center surgeon and patient educator work with each and every patient to identify the most appropriate treatment options for the best visual outcomes.
LASIK Surgery at Carolina Cataract & Laser Center
Carolina Cataract & Laser Center welcomed patients to its new state-of-the-art facility in the spring of 2008. With offices in three convenient locations, Ladson, Mt Pleasant and West Ashley, Charleston, quality surgical eye care is now more available than ever.
Carolina Cataract & Laser Center surgeons Michelle S. Ying, MD, David T. Vroman, MD, Millin C. Budev, MD and Kristiana D. Neff, MD are well-known and respected leaders in the field of ophthalmology and have helped thousands of patients achieve their own visual freedom through surgical treatments. Cataracts, LASIK, corneal transplants and refractive lens exchange options have all made this an exciting time for vision correction while providing patients more treatment options than ever before.
The surgeons and staff of Carolina Cataract & Laser Center know that you have a choice when deciding who to trust your vision to. Our highly-skilled surgeons and staff treat every patient as they would their own family member and are committed to providing the best care possible. Every patient. Every time.
From your first phone call inquiry through your last exam, our staff has your personal satisfaction in mind. Patients are encouraged to call us at (843) 797.3676 or to email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule a surgical evaluation.
Ready for your own visual freedom? Call today to schedule an evaluation at (843) 797.3676.