LASIK is a surgical procedure performed with a laser that is capable of correcting a wide range of nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism, reducing or eliminating the need for glasses or contacts.
At Vision Care Center of Northeast Arkansas we offer both conventional LASIK treatment and the advanced Custom Wavefront treatment using the VISX Star4 Excimer Laser with CustomVue Iris Registration capability. Free surgical evaluations are available to determine your candidacy for laser vision correction, and if you schedule your screening at our Jonesboro Clinic, you can meet with your surgeon.
What is LASIK?
LASIK eye surgery is a procedure that corrects certain vision problems, reducing or eliminating the need for eyeglasses or corrective lenses. LASIK actually stands for Laser in-situ keratomileusis, the technical term for the surgical procedure. LASIK eye surgery is the most common type of refractive surgery performed today. Refractive surgery changes the shape of your cornea to correct your vision. This surgery can be quite effective, and has very few side effects.
LASIK is a great option for many individuals considering laser vision correction for a variety of very personal and professional reasons. LASIK may not promise perfect vision, however; it is a highly successful procedure that can at the very least reduce a person’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The lifestyle benefits can be tremendous for active and social people.
These benefits can enable people to more freely pursue their hobbies, sports activities or career options.
LASIK uses a beam of cool light to reshape the top layer (less than 10 percent) of the cornea, so that images focus correctly on the retina. A computer, controlled by your LASIK eye surgeon, is used to precisely calculate the exact amount of cornea that needs to be removed for each person’s individual eyes. Numerous tests will be done on the eyes to achieve the measurements that will be treated with the laser.
Understanding Custom LASIK (wavefront technology derived from Hubble Telescope)
Wavefront technology has been used in LASIK vision correction since 2005. CustomVue laser vision correction is an exciting, new procedure that incorporates WaveScan wavefront technology and the patented, FDA-approved VISX laser to create a highly effective, personalized treatment plan for patients.
Using a device called an aberrometer (scanning diagnostic instrument which uses wavefront technology to measure the wavefront errors) the doctor is able to measure the way light travels through your entire optical pathway and compare it to the way light travels through an optically perfect eye. This creates a WavePrint, a 3-D map of your cornea that is as unique to you as your fingerprint and 25 times more precise than a prescription obtained using conventional diagnostic equipment. The information from this customized “fingerprint” is transferred electronically to the laser, enabling your eye surgeon to adjust the laser to your unique visual requirements
What happens in LASIK surgery?
Your eye is anesthetized with drops to ensure you do not feel the procedure. Two small marks, which disappear in a few hours, are placed on your cornea. A suction ring is placed on the eye to secure the eye and maintain pressure while a corneal flap is created. During LASIK, the microkeratome will be used to create a thin cellophane flap from the surface of the cornea. The flap is then lifted to expose the deeper layer of cornea to be treated. This corneal flap stays attached to the rest of the cornea on one side. If any abnormality is noted the procedure could be aborted and re-attempted. The laser is then positioned into place, and delivers a programmed number of pulses of ultraviolet light onto the newly exposed part of the cornea. Each pulse of the laser removes a microscopic layer of cornea.
Common LASIK questions:
Q. What is LASIK?
A. LASIK is a procedure that improves vision by changing the shape of the cornea with a laser and is a very effective treatment for a wide range of vision problems. LASIK continues to grow in popularity and is the number one elective surgery in the country.
Q: Are there patient financing companies available that can help me afford the cost of LASIK?
A: We have selected Care Credit as our patient financing company. We feel they treat our eye care patients with the utmost respect and genuinely try to help solve any issues that may arise.
Q: Is LASIK painful?
A: Most patients experience NO pain but some experience a mild discomfort just after the procedure.
Q. Are there any risks associated with LASIK?
A. Some potential complications include conditions such as dryness, night glare, under or over-correction, and loss of best-corrected vision. The risks of surgery should be discussed fully with the doctor prior to the procedure. Additionally, proper post-operative care helps to identify and address any potential healing complications.
Determining Your LASIK candidacy!
Not everyone is a candidate for the LASIK procedure but there are millions of nearsighted, farsighted and astigmatic or people in North America. Determining your candidacy is the crucial step to your path for better vision. If you are a candidate the chances of success will be excellent. If you are not a candidate our Arkansas LASIK surgeons will explain the reasons and potentially suggest a different vision correction procedure if one applies to your specific visual case. Vision Care Center of Northeast Arkansas offers other vision correction alternatives such as premium lens implants. The reason that this pre-operative exam is so important is that no two eyes are the same. No two cornea maps are the same just like with a Fingerprint or DNA sample. This is why a pre-operative exam is absolutely necessary. Before LASIK is performed you will be required to undergo a series of diagnostic tests to determine the stability of your vision. After a thorough evaluation of your cornea, the doctors will be able to determine if you are a candidate.
Basic LASIK candidacy requirements, determining if LASIK is right for you!
- Must be over 18 years of age
- Must have a stable vision prescription
- Must have a track record of healthy eyes
- Must not have keratoconus
- Must not have severe dry eye syndrome
- Must not be pregnant with a baby
- Must pass corneal thickness tests
Helping Arkansas Afford LASIK eye surgery
Vision Care Center of Northeast Arkansas is not only considered one of Arkansas best LASIK teams but they also strives to make LASIK affordable to everyone. If you are seeking Lasik in Arkansas we are happy to provide 0% financing options designed to help you afford LASIK eye surgery. Vision Care Center of Northeast Arkansas is has teamed up with Care Credit to provide a wonderful program. Please feel free to click on the financing LINK below to begin completing the LASIK credit application. This is a great chance to spread the LASIK cost over a period of time so that you afford this today. Vision Care Center of Northeast Arkansas has been pleased with the dedicated service the Care Credit team has provided to our patients over the years and feels confident that they will service you well.
You may choose the following LASIK eye surgery payment options:
- Cash or Check
- Credit Card
- Monthly Payment Plans
If you elect to take advantage of our LASIK financing and payment options we offer the following options.
- Zero Down Payment & Zero Interest for 12 or 18 Months
- Zero Down Payment & Low Monthly Payments with Interest for 24, 36 or 48 months
- Zero Prepayment Penalty
- The application process is fast, easy and of course completely confidential 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- We Make LASIK affordable
At the Vision Care Center of Northeast Arkansas is we want to make LASIK eye surgery affordable. If you are serious about LASIK eye surgery and have difficulty with the financing options please call us. Our LASIK Arkansas office staff is very willing to review you case and help find alternative payment options.
Choosing Your LASIK surgeon
Selecting a surgeon for your LASIK eye surgery is a very important decision that will ultimately affect your vision for the remainder of your life. It is important to discuss your personal situation with a qualified ophthalmologist and ask your questions directly to the ophthalmologist if possible. Choosing a surgeon that has high quality and safety standards can often reduce unnecessary surgical risk. Experience with LASIK eye surgery is also a very important factor when selecting your surgeon. Not all eye doctors share the same level of training or experience in laser vision correction. A surgeon with a vast amount of experience should also be able to show you some basic information regarding outcomes. When constantly analyzing surgical outcomes, the better surgeons find that the consistency and predictability of their results gets better. If a surgeon tracks outcomes this actually demonstrates his or her concern with achieving the best possible results.
The CustomVue™ LASIK process begins with a pre-operative consultation to inform you about the technology and the procedure. An evaluation follows to assess your overall eye health and to measure and create a detailed and unique WavePrint® map of your eyes. On the day of the procedure, your unique correction information is transferred directly from the WaveScan to the Visx STAR S4 Laser where the LASIK procedure takes place. Wavefront Technology Benefits – VISX/AMO data ®2005
- Improved overall quality of vision.
- Improved night vision
- Uses the smallest and fastest laser beam for precision and overall improved health of the cornea.
- CustomVue is 25 times more accurate than the traditional method of measurement.