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, PA, utilizing 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.
Delray Eye Associates, PA is proud to have Dr. Steven Rosenfeld providing LASIK surgery for our patients.
LASIK is a sophisticated procedure which involves the use of 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 allow your eye to focus light entering the eye 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, corneal or retinal disease, dry eye or cataracts. Prospective 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. Some 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: preoperative evaluation, 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 and evaluation of the cornea and health of the eye. The cornea is the clear lens at the front of the eye that helps focus light. LASIK involves a careful resculpting of the cornea to optimize the focus of light. Therefore, careful evaluation of the corneal shape is essential. Advanced digital technology known as "wavefront" imaging scans the eye and provides a customized map of the corneal surface. This diagnostic information is used by the surgeon to calibrate the excimer laser for accurate vision correction. Other eye diseases that may affect the results of the procedure must be ruled out as well, which involves a complete eye exam.
Delray Eye Associates’ surgical team uses iLASIK, or bladeless LASIK, using a laser known as an IntraLase femtosecond laser. Using the IntraLase laser 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, themost advanced excimer laser currently 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, we will perform a thorough evaluation to determine whether you are a LASIK candidate.