For patients who want to see clearly and become more independent of the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses, the surgeons of Delray Eye Associates, PA offer the latest refractive surgery techniques, including laser vision correction with LASIK and PRK. Each year, patients from all over South Florida, undergo LASIK under the care of Delray Eye Associates surgeons. Our surgeons utilize the latest technologies to provide this revolutionary procedure in the safest manner possible and with consistently outstanding outcomes. Following surgery, many patients are able to rid themselves of glasses and contact lenses for good.
Delray Eye Associates, PA is proud to have Dr. Steven Rosenfeld providing LASIK surgery for our patients.
LASIK is a sophisticated procedure during which our surgeons use a laser to reshape the cornea, the outermost part of the eye, in order to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. By reshaping the cornea, our surgeons are able to alter the angle at which light enters the eye, thus improving the eye's ability to focus images onto the retina.
The best candidates for LASIK are patients who are at least 21 years old, in good general health and free of eye conditions such as glaucoma, retinal disease, dry eye or cataracts. Prospective Delray Beach / Boca Raton LASIK patients should also have a realistic understanding of what can be achieved and be willing to accept the risks of surgery. Finally, patients must have corneas of a sufficient thickness to allow for the creation of a corneal flap, a necessary part of the surgery process. Patients whose corneas are too thin may be offered an alternative laser eye surgery procedure such as PRK, which does not involve the creation of a corneal flap.
To determine your candidacy, the surgeons of Delray Eye Associates, PA will meet with you for a one-on-one consultation and perform a thorough eye exam. If you are considering LASIK, please call us today at (561) 498-8100 or (561) 734-0267.
The LASIK procedure involves three essential steps: the determination of the refractive error of the eye, the creation of a flap and the laser ablation, or sculpting.
The first step is the diagnosis of the eye's refractive errors and flaws. This step is performed using leading-edge digital technology known as "wavefront" that scans the eye and provides a customized map of the corneal surface, millimeter by millimeter, that is as distinct to each person as a fingerprint. This diagnostic information is used by the surgeon to calibrate the excimer laser for accurate vision correction.
Next, the corneal flap is created. The surgeons at Delray Eye Associates perform iLASIK, or bladeless LASIK. This means that rather than creating the flap with a microkeratome, a blade-like tool used in traditional procedures, they use a laser known as an IntraLase femtosecond laser. Using the IntraLase laser instead of a metal microkeratome ensures greater reliability and accuracy, and reduces the risk of complications. In fact, the U.S. Navy will only allow LASIK to be performed on its fighter pilots if the surgeon uses the iLASIK technique, which consists of the IntraLase femtosecond laser and the VISX Star S4 excimer laser.
The flap is then lifted aside, and a laser known as the excimer laser is used to reshape the exposed cornea by removing small bits of tissue, a process known as "ablation." Our laser eye surgery professionals use the VISX Star S4 IR Excimer Laser System, the latest, most advanced excimer laser on the market. Once the surgeon has finished reshaping the cornea, the flap is then returned to its original location, where it serves as a natural bandage during the healing process. No stitches are used in this surgery. The entire procedure takes less than five minutes and is generally painless.
Following the LASIK procedure, many patients notice nearly immediate vision-correction results, while others experience more gradual improvement. Most patients achieve 20/20 vision or better after the procedure and are thrilled to enjoy life without the annoyance of glasses or contacts.
To learn more about LASIK or to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a laser eye surgeon, please contact us (561) 498-8100 or (561) 734-0267.
During your consultation, a skilled ophthalmologist will perform a thorough evaluation to determine whether you are a LASIK candidate or whether you should undergo a different procedure, such as cataract surgery. In addition, we can provide advice regarding various cosmetic eye procedures, such as Botox and eyelid surgery.