Prairie Eye and LASIK Center is the only clinic performing All-Laser LASIK in Springfield. The LASIK services at Prairie Eye and LASIK Center were voted number one in a consumer survey. The procedure only takes minutes and can give you spectacularly better vision for the rest of your life.
Until recently, if you were one of the millions of people with a refractive error, eyeglasses and contact lenses were the only options for correcting vision. But with the arrival of refractive surgery, some people with myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism (a cornea with unequal curves) may have their vision improved through the surgery.
LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) is a refractive procedure that permanently reshapes the cornea. It is designed to eliminate your dependency on glasses & contacts. All-Laser LASIK is the most advanced, cutting-edge, FDA-approved technology for laser vision correction. This blade-free laser technology is a very precise and safe procedure.
The LASIK procedure starts by having a 3-D map of your eye made with a Wavescan system. Wavescan mapping is able to diagnose your specific eye characteristics with much higher accuracy than previous methods. After the Wavescan produces a detailed map of your eye, your specific map will be used to make the treatment instructions for the Excimer Laser System. The Wavescan system makes never before possible customization and precision available for your surgery.
The All-Laser LASIK uses a Femtosecond laser to create your corneal flap instead of a microkeratome blade. The laser is capable of creating extremely precise flaps by producing tiny bubbles inside the cornea that are 1/10,000 of an inch in diameter. The laser beam cannot penetrate the eye beyond the cornea. This microscopic layer of bubbles also enables our surgeons to easily lift the corneal flap. Studies have shown that there are fewer complications with this system.
Next, the LASIK flap is lifted, and the Excimer Laser uses information from your Wavescan to produce the desired customized changes in the shape of your cornea. It does this by removing ultra-thin layers from the cornea in order to reduce farsightedness, nearsightedness, or astigmatism. The flap is returned to its original position by your surgeon without sutures and the All-Laser LASIK is complete.
Some people experience poor night vision after LASIK. The surgery may result in under-correction or overcorrection, which can often be improved with a second surgery. More rare and serious complications include a dislocated flap, epithelial ingrowth, and inflammation underneath the flap. Most complications can be managed without any loss of vision. Permanent vision loss is very rare.
The ideal candidate for LASIK has a stable refractive error within the correctable range, is free of eye disease, is at least 18 years old, and is willing to accept the potential risks, complications, and side effects of LASIK. LASIK is more dependent on surgical skills than PRK. Take this into account when selecting a surgeon.
Over the last 25 years, eye doctors have worked on reshaping the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. At first, doctors made incisions known as radio keratotomy in the cornea. In the 1980s, researchers in Silicon Valley developed a laser to etch computer chips with great precision. The Excimer Laser was developed; it could remove tissue with up to 0.25 microns of accuracy.
Today, All-Laser LASIK technology with Wavescan mapping has added a tremendous amount of precision and control for the LASIK surgeon to correct patient vision like never before. Every day, patients are having their vision improved safely and quickly for the rest of their lives.
Prairie Eye Center believes that LASIK offers a number of advantages over other forms of laser vision correction. There is less scarring, less haze, less postoperative discomfort, less medication, and a rapid visual recovery. Candidates for LASIK must be over 18 years of age and must have healthy eyes. Not everyone is a candidate.
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