LASIK was approved by the FDA in 1996, and over the last two decades, there have been numerous advancements in technology. These advancements include the types of lasers used during the procedure and even how the LASIK flap is created.
LASIK is a very safe procedure with minimal risks and temporary side effects. Here are some of the safety protocols and steps that we take to insure that our patients have a safe and successful surgery.
Candidacy Tests for Prospective Patients
During the first evaluation, we do numerous tests on the patient to insure that they qualify for the procedure. The Pentacam will check the cornea for any abnormalities, like keratoconus. The AccuTarget will check for anything that could affect the patient’s vision, like cataracts or dryness. Our doctors will also do refraction tests, both dilated and undilated, to check your prescription. We also try to get your last eye exam record. The combination of all these tests will conclude if the patient is a good candidate for LASIK. If the patient is not a good candidate for one of our procedures, we try to refer them to a specialist who can help them.
Educating Patients about Risks and Side Effects
If a patient is deemed eligible for procedure, our patient care technicians and doctors will then go over the possible risks and side effects of the procedure, as well as what to expect after the procedure. Patients will also get a packet of all of this information to take home with them after their evaluation.
Our surgeon uses the latest FDA approved lasers on all procedures. Not to mention, all of our procedures are bladeless. The EX500 laser has increased safety, because the surgeon can view the patient’s prescription while performing the surgery. Unlike past LASIK lasers, this one makes the corneal surface smoother after treatment, which helps prevent halos and glare later on. The treatment laser also has a safety feature to make sure that the correct part of the eye is treated. When you have the treatment, you are told to look at a blinking green light. As long as you are looking directly at the green light, the treatment will continue. But, if you happen to look away from it, the treatment will stop, insuring that the wrong part of the eye is not treated with the laser.
Patient safety and education are important to us. This is why we educate our patients before and after the procedure, and we follow them for a year after their procedure to insure they do not have any complications. To learn more about our procedures and processes, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation with us.