LASIK is an acronym for Laser In-situ Keratomileusis, which simply means "to shape the cornea from within". In LASIK, the Excimer laser is used to reshape tissue from the center of the cornea rather than its surface (as in EpiLasik). Either a laser or an instrument known as a microkeratome is used to raise a partial thickness flap of corneal tissue. The flap is then lifted and the laser is applied. After 30 - 90 seconds of laser treatment, the flap is then replaced without the necessity for stitches.
The advantages of LASIK over EpiLasik in the scientific literature include:
- Less post - operative discomfort
- Quicker visual recovery
- Ability to have both eyes corrected within days
- Briefer necessity for drops (one week)
- Ability to correct higher levels of nearsightedness
However, LASIK is a technically more complex procedure to perform than EpiLasik, and it is generally up to the doctor's experience and discretion whether they would prefer LASIK over EpiLasik. The choice can be discussed with the doctor in greater detail during your visit. In general, the higher the degree of myopia, the more likely LASIK is preferred.
- LASIK is considered the procedure of choice for moderate & high nearsightedness (over-4D)
- Patients who require rapid return of vision prefer LASIK
- EpiLasik offers the highest safety profile at low levels of nearsightedness
The Procedure – From a Patient’s Perspective
Upon arriving at the office, patients receive a small dose of a relaxant pill. An hour or so is spent measuring the eyes before the procedure. Upon entering the laser suite, the patient reclines in the laser chair. Anesthetics and antibiotic drops are instilled. There is no intravenous or need for general anesthesia (need to be put to sleep).
Under the laser the patient is asked to concentrate on a red blinking light. A retainer is then placed to assist in keeping the eye open. During the actual procedure, the patient feels pressure and the red light is lost for less than a minute.
The patient is asked to stare at the blinking red light again once it returns. As the laser fires, a ticking sound is heard that lasts 10-90 seconds.
After the laser is completed, the retainer is removed, and the patient is asked to sit up. Upon sitting, there is some improvement in vision noted.
The patient is asked to return home and get plenty of rest for several hours following the procedure. The following morning there is a substantial improvement in vision. However, the vision continues to incrementally improve for weeks.
There is generally a check up the first day following Lasik. Drops are used several times daily for 1-3 weeks following the procedure. You will have several exams to assess the healing and progress over the next several months.
The Cost of LASIK Eye Surgery in Manhattan
Compared to wearing glasses and contact lenses for over 5-10 years LASIK is actually a great value. The initial costs can often be burdensome to our patients. Because we are dedicated to providing excellent affordable vision we have negotiated special payment plans with various providers. Our LASIK coordinator will be happy to discuss these financing options and what this will cost on a monthly basis. Enrollment is often very easy!
Payment Options We have a variety of payment options designed to make this decision more of a reality for all of our prospective patients.
CareCredit – LASIK eye surgery financing Care Credit has very easy to use healthcare financing. You can contact care credit with one of our LASIK coordinators or you can call them directly at 800.859.9975.Capitol One Healthcare Finance
- No Down Payment
- No Prepayment Penalty
- Low Fixed Rates
Credit Cards Accepted
- American Express
Your Source For LASIK in New York
Dr Moadel is a New York City LASIK surgeon and LASIK vision correction expert with New York LASIK centers midtown Manhattan. If you are seeking LASIK in Manhattan please feel free to contact Dr Moadel today to learn more about LASIK eye surgery and the experience of the staff and physician.
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