What is LASIK?

Laser in-Situ Keratomileusis, otherwise known as LASIK, is the most advanced refractive surgery procedure for correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASIK Eye Surgery is safe and effective and is one of the most commonly performed elective procedures in the country.

Common vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism are caused by an irregularly shaped cornea. The cornea is the outer surface of the eye. In LASIK laser vision correction, the excimer laser is used to re-sculpt the cornea to a more normal shape.

How it Works

LASIK combines the skill of the refractive surgeon with the advanced technology of the excimer laser. During LASIK, the surgeon uses an instrument known as a microkeratome to create a small flap from the outer layers of the cornea. A “hinge” is left in the flap so the flap can be laid back on the surface of the cornea. The excimer laser then uses cool ultra-violet light pulses to the underlying microscopic layers of corneal tissue. Finally, the flap is put back to its original position where it functions as a natural bandage on the cornea.

4 Step Visualization of LASIK Surgery

The actual procedure takes only minutes to perform. Although LASIK is virtually painless, a mild sedative and anesthetic eye drops are used to help reduce any discomfort. Patients can usually see quite well immediately after the surgery and frequently resume normal activities the next day.

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Are You a Candidate?

Tired of your glasses and contacts? Determining your candidacy for having the LASIK surgery procedure is really quite simple. Take our online LASIK Self-Test today to find out if you are a candidate.

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Alternatives to LASIK

It is important to know that not everyone may be a good candidate for LASIK. This can be due to the thickness of your cornea, problems with the surface of the cornea, or if you suffer from dry eye. Others won’t be candidates due to prior trauma to the eye or other prior eye surgery. Some patients may have a lifestyle that requires PRK, such as military special ops, professional boxers, or pilots.

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PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) is a laser surgery procedure that is an alternative treatment for patients who are not candidates for LASIK. In both LASIK and PRK, the goal is to reshape the cornea to the desired target, thusly reducing or eliminating the need for contacts and glasses. During PRK surgery, the utter layer of the cornea is removed entirely, whereas in LASIK, a thin, hinged flap is created in the cornea. At NVL, both PRK and LASIK are performed using advanced wavefront guided measurements and technology to deliver a personalized treatment.

Our Technology

All-Laser LASIK at New Vision Laser Center

New Vision Laser Center is proud to offer All-Laser LASIK, also known as Bladeless LASIK. This is the most accurate and safest technique for LASIK Eye Surgery.

The iDESIGN Refractive Studio

Dr. Weigel and his team are dedicated to improving the quality of life for our patients. Therefore, at NVL, we use the highest quality, state-of-the-art and most advanced technology available. The iDESIGN Refractive Studio is the first and only topo-integrated, wavefront-guided technology. This enables true personalization and is the “next-level” for customized refractive surgery.

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Book Your Free Consultation

Our Free LASIK consultation is the best way to see if you’re a candidate.

We’ll take you step by step through everything that you’ll need to know about LASIK with straightforward easy to understand language. This is an opportunity to have an in-depth, personal conversation about the procedures and what you can expect – before, during and after your procedure.

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