Mark D. Weingarten, M.D.
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Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) involves the treatment of the central cornea of the eye with an excimer laser underneath a hinged flap of corneal tissue. LASIK can be used to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.
You may be a suitable candidate for LASIK if you:
If you have a pre-existing eye disease that affects your vision (e.g., glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disease), or if you have thin corneas, you may not be a good candidate for LASIK.
To see if you are a good candidate for LASIK we welcome you to take our LASIK Candidate Quiz.
The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis using a local anesthesia and is relatively painless. The actual procedure usually takes less than 10 minutes per eye. Depending on your prescription, and the amount of correction needed, the laser itself only takes 20-50 seconds to correct your vision.
Healing is rapid and does not require stitches. Many of our LASIK patients see a dramatic improvement in their vision within the first day. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities within a day or two.
The VISX CustomVue® laser vision correction is a Wavescan driven LASIK procedure which enables your Detroit LASIK specialist, Dr. Weingarten, to measure and correct unique optical imperfections in your eyes. The Wavescan device provides a direct digital link to the laser, providing a new level of precision and accuracy.
The surface flap is usually made with an oscillating microscope blade, Hansatome®. In the "all laser LASIK" procedure named iLASIK®, a surface flap of corneal tissue is produced with the Intralase® femtosecond laser. Both procedures produce a precise incision in the cornea. Once the flap is created, the tissue is pulled back and the corneal surface beneath it is reshaped with the VISX S4® excimer laser. Once the flap is replaced and the eye has healed, our LASIK patients enjoy clear, youthful vision without glasses or contact lenses.
The cost of LASIK varies with each individual as every eye is unique as well as the procedure may differ slightly due to the technology chosen for the surgery. However, at Rochester Eye Care, financing options through CareCredit are available and typically LASIK costs $1250 - $1500 per eye.
The goal of LASIK is to eliminate or reduce your dependence on corrective lenses. It cannot correct an aging-related eye condition called presbyopia, which may require the use of reading glasses. However, monovision is a technique used for presbyopia patients that corrects vision in one eye for distance and adjusts the other eye for reading. Your pre-surgery tests and discussions with the eye doctor will help determine if monovision is an option for you to consider.
During your LASIK evaluation, Dr. Weingarten will discuss whether custom, bladeless or conventional treatment would be best for you. If you are interested in scheduling a free LASIK surgery consultation and live in the Detroit area, please contact our Rochester, MI office today so that we may help you achieve clearer, crisper vision.