A Time For Change In 2022
Who started this whole New Year’s resolution idea anyway?
The New Year’s celebration can be traced back to the ancient Babylonians over four thousand years ago. Back then, it took place in March to coincide with the spring planting season.
2022 is the year to see what you’ve been missing. A resolution is a goal, so plan to live in a progressive world without glasses or contact lenses. Laser vision correction is an outpatient procedure performed by an ophthalmologist that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. A VISX S4 laser is used to re-contour and shape the surface of the cornea, enabling the eye to focus without glasses or contact lenses. The excimer laser is controlled by a computer and used by an experienced, well-trained surgeon so precise changes can be made in the shape of the cornea while touching only a small area of corneal tissue.
A preoperative evaluation can determine if you are a candidate for Lasik or Epilase surgery. In general, candidates for Lasik or Epilase should:
- Be at least 18 years or older.
- Have a stable prescription for one year.
- Be nearsighted (myopia) -0.75 up to -14.00 diopters or farsighted (hyperopia) up to +4.00 diopters.
- Have astigmatisms up to -4.00 diopters.
- Have healthy eyes.
One-hundred percent of Lasik and Epilase patients have improved uncorrected or normal vision.
The actual laser time is usually less than a minute and most patients are in and out of surgery in 15 minutes. The procedure itself is painless and patients are not put to sleep during the procedure. Very strong anesthetic eye drops are given about a half hour before the procedure and again immediately before the surgeon begins. Generally, most patients are quite comfortable within a very short time after Lasik and return to work the next day. Laser vision correction is very safe and with a low degree of risk.
Like DNA, or a fingerprint, your vision is unique. Traditional Lasik treatments were based on diagnostic technology similar to that used for the prescription of eyeglasses or contact lenses.
With the VISX CustomVue WavePrint System, individualized laser vision correction is now available. This diagnostic device maps the entire optical path of the eye and provides precise and detailed information which the doctor calls your “fingerprint of vision.”
Secondly, the WavePrint System incorporates the Star S4 laser from VISX with two exclusive features:
- Variable Spot Scanning (VSS) allows for a larger treatment area, up to 7mm pupil size.
- 3D ActiveTrak automatically and instantaneously tracks the minute movements of your eye in all three dimensions during the laser treatment.
If you are over the age of 40 and have had great distance vision for most of your life, there is a new option for you in vision correction, NearVision Conductive Keratoplasty (CK). This is the first non-laser vision treatment approved by the FDA. The new CK procedure, which uses the controlled release of radio waves, can bring fine print back into focus.
Safe and minimally invasive, the procedure takes less than three minutes and is done in the office with only topical eye anesthesia. It is performed without cutting or removing tissue. A small probe, thinner than a strand of hair, is used to release radio-frequency energy. The probe is applied in a circular pattern on the outer cornea to shrink small areas of corneal tissue. This circular shrinkage pattern creates a constrictive band to increase the overall curvature of the cornea.