LASIK / Refractive Surgery
By making subtle changes in the shape of the cornea using lasers, eye surgeons can correct common vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism so eyeglasses or contact lenses are no longer necessary. The majority of refractive procedures currently involve modification of the cornea. As surgical techniques and the ability of intraocular lens implants (IOLs) to correct both distance and near vision improve, more and more refractive surgery is being performed on the lens within the eye.
What Is The Cornea?
The cornea is the clear tissue covering the front of the eye. The shape of the cornea helps determine how light is focused on the retina. With laser vision correction, the surgeon removes microscopic layers of corneal tissue to reshape the cornea and improve the focusing ability of the eye. The Indiana Eye Clinic surgeons use the excimer laser — a cool, ultraviolet light that is programmed and customized to your exact prescription. Most patients require no corrective eyewear after surgery (although patients over age 45 may still need reading glasses).
Our state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgery Center utilizes the latest in refractive laser technology, including pre-testing Wavefront technology to provide detailed mapping of the eye to create a personal surgical plan for your specific refractive defect. The VISX STAR S4 used to perform the refractive surgery minimizes the removal of corneal tissue and captures all three dimensions of the eye’s movement.
At the Indiana Eye Clinic, our doctors will choose among several different surgical techniques to help you choose the best one for your unique condition:
- Surface Ablation (SA)
- Clear Lens Exchange (CLE)
- Refractive Lensectomy
- Limbal Relaxing Incisions
Our Mission is to utilize the most sophisticated technology available to treat, reduce or eliminate your need for eyeglasses. Using high-resolution imaging of the eye in conjunction with wavefront aberrometry and other recent advances, we will create a customized treatment plan to suit your needs. We will not be satisfied until you are!
What You Need to Know
The treatment of refractive errors has evolved tremendously over the past decade. Advances in diagnostic instrumentation, laser technology and surgical technique have allowed us to greatly improve our outcomes and provide a much safer procedure. Since every patient’s needs are different, we invite you to have our doctors evaluate your eyes, discuss your specific goals and propose solutions that will work for you. We are very excited about the future of refractive surgery and look forward to sharing the benefits with you. Our patient coordinators would be happy to answer your questions and assist you in arranging a consultation
Am I a Candidate?
Not everyone is a candidate for laser vision correction. When you come in for a pre-surgical exam, your eyes will be thoroughly examined and measured to determine if you are a good candidate, which refractive treatment is appropriate for you, and whether you are at risk for any complications.
The Ideal Laser Vision Correction Candidate:
- Is at least 21 years old
- Has had stable vision for at least one year (two years preferred)
- Has a healthy cornea
- Has refractive error(s) that fall within the treatable range
- Does not have a disease or health condition that could impair the procedure or healing process
- Has been educated about the procedure including its risks and benefits
- Understands the goal of surgery is to improve vision and reduce dependence on glasses and contacts
No Pressure Evaluation
We don’t pressure our patients into undergoing a procedure that isn’t right for them. Every patient interested in laser vision correction is given an initial consultation and an extensive evaluation to determine whether Laser Vision Correction is right for them. During the evaluation, the patient and surgeon have an open discussion about the advantages and risks of having laser vision correction.