The laser has a tracking system that automatically and instantaneously tracks the minute movements of the eye during a laser procedure. If a person moves a significant amount the laser shuts down immediately.
Once you have Laser Vision Correction, will your vision change or regress?
In a very small percentage of patients (about 1-2%) a little bit of regression can occur during or after the healing process. Though infrequent, our surgeons may recommend an enhancement to improve your primary vision correction treatment. Most patients will have excellent vision with just one treatment. A small percentage will have to come back to have the enhancement procedure, covered by our Lifetime Commitment policy. The Herzig Eye Institute is committed to providing you with your best possible vision.
Is Laser Vision Correction painful?
Laser vision correction is not painful at all. Anesthetic eye drops are used to numb the eye and prevent pain. During the procedure most people feel very little other than pressure for a few seconds. SMILE and LASIK allow for a very predictable healing response. Vision stabilizes rapidly, and patients can expect to have little or no discomfort following the procedure. After PRK, some patients may experience mild to moderate irritation until the corneal surface heals (4-5 days). Eye drops and pills are provided to minimize any discomfort.
If you’ve been told you have a thin cornea, what is the optimal treatment for you?
Pachymetry is one of the important tests that Herzig Eye Institute does to determine corneal thickness. If your cornea is too thin you may not be a good a candidate for LASIK. SMILE or PRK may be a better treatment choice. A phakic IOL (ICL) may provide better quality vision and be safer. The fact is that one treatment approach does not fit all situations. No two eyes are exactly alike. The Herzig Eye Institute matches the right treatment to the right situation with a selection from several High Definition Vision® Solutions.
Who should NOT have Laser Vision Correction (LVC)?
Careful patient selection is necessary to determine which patients are good candidates for Laser Vision Correction. It is not safe to do Laser Vision Correction on a cornea that is too thin or has a structural weakness. Patients with some types of autoimmune disease, e.g., Lupus have healing issues and should not have Laser Vision Correction. Patients who are not good candidates for Laser Vision Correction (SMILE, LASIK or PRK) may be able to have their vision corrected with a phakic IOL (Intraocular Collamer Lens) or Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE). When you have your consultation at the Herzig Eye Institute, you can take comfort in knowing that our surgeons are not limited by a single procedure. Their goal is to customize a treatment that is safe and will provide you with the best result possible.
How safe is Laser Vision Correction?
Laser Vision Correction is a very safe procedure. It is one of the most exciting technological advances in the history of eye care. There are three ways of utilizing this extraordinary technology, SMILE, LASIK and PRK. All three procedures are very safe when they are done on the right patient. We do extensive testing on the patient’s eyes to determine which procedure will provide the best result possible and we will discuss the minimal potential risks.
What is High Definition Vision?
High Definition Vision® solutions are a series of treatment options designed to give you the most customized, corrective eye-care options in the industry.
Can you get correction for both distance and loss of reading?
When people are in their mid-40′s they will start to lose their reading vision. Someone who is wearing contact lenses or glasses will need to get reading glasses or bifocals. With Laser Vision Correction, either LASIK or PRK, patients are offered “Monovision”. This means one eye is fully corrected for distance, while the non-dominant eye is left a little under corrected to see things close up. The brain integrates the visual information from both eyes and adjusts either immediately or within a few weeks to having each eye focus at a different distance. Most people tolerate this very well and can function most of the time without glasses. Another way to give someone both distance and near vision, is with a Refractive Lens Exchange. A multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) or an Extended Range of Vision IOL can correct both distance and reading vision. These lenses have the potential to give excellent distance and reading vision in both eyes.
Can both eyes be treated on the same day?
Laser Vision Correction has proven to be a very safe procedure with a predictable healing response. Both eyes are treated on the same day. One eye is treated at a time for Refractive Lens Exchange and Advanced Refractive Cataract surgery. The second eye is usually treated 1-7 days after the first eye. When you schedule your procedure, you will be educated about what to expect on the day of your procedure.