Conquering the ‘FEAR FACTOR” in Laser Vision Correction

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Conquering the ‘FEAR FACTOR” in Laser Vision Correction

Should I be Fearful of Laser Vision Correction?

Many patients who wish to have Laser Vision correction performed are kept away because of Fear. Much of what generates this anxiety is founded on a perception that the technology might be dangerous. Nothing could be further from the truth as modern techniques have reached a point where we can predict that fully 99% of patients who are good candidates will be pleased with their results.

And what about the 1%?

Approximately 1% of patients can heal with minimal corneal irregularity. The path of light passing through these pockets of irregularity can be affected in a way that can occasionally produce quality of vision issues such as problems with night vision with subjective complaints of halo and glare. The good news is that even patients in this small group can have their issues corrected making use of the same WaveScan technology that was used to calculate the original custom laser treatment to correct these microscopic irregularities. Using this approach fully 99% of the 1% of those individuals with quality of vision issues will have their concerns corrected in this manner.

What else do prospective patients worry about?

Can I go blind from Laser Vision Correction?

Modern improvements in Laser Vision technology have made these procedures among the safest that exist in medicine. Patients can expect a level of safety and predictability making such concerns about visual loss following LASIK a thing of the past. The art and science of LVC has progressed to a point that in our comprehensive evaluations leading up to surgery any potential concerns that might result in post op problems are identified and addressed. We know which prescriptions will do well as well as those that will require other procedures in order to provide safe and successful vision correction.

How long does the procedure take?

Bilateral Laser Vision Correction typically takes 20 minutes to perform. The actual laser treatment to correct your vision is always under 60 seconds.

What if my eye moves during surgery?

One of the greatest advances in Laser Vision correction has been the addition of eye tracking technology. Prior to your laser treatment pupil tracking technology locks on to anatomical landmarks of your eye. The iLASIK tracking technology adjusts 60X per second to assure that each pulse of the laser is delivered precisely where it was designed to be placed. If your head moves excessively the treatment is immediately interrupted.

What if I Blink?

A gentle eyelid holder will be placed prior to your treatment along with anesthetic drops. These numbing drops will eliminate the urge to blink and of course the lid holder prevents and lid movement from becoming an issue.

What is the most common side effect of Laser Vision Correction?

The most common complaint after surgery is dryness and almost every patient will notice this intermittently for the first several months. The dry sensation is much akin to that which contact lens wearers notice commonly. We anticipate this issue by providing lubricating drops and other medications to keep you comfortable throughout the recovery period. Because of our comprehensive screening process individuals with pre existing tear film issues are identified and treated. Less than 1% of patients will have long term dry eye problems, most of which are easily treated.

Can I drive following the day of surgery?

The overwhelming majority of our patients are able to drive and work on the day following surgery.


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New York Ophthalmologist