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Common Questions about LASIK
Real answers to your questions from our own surgeons.
Your eyesight is one of the most precious things you have. So we understand if you have questions about what laser eye surgery is, what the LASIK surgery procedure encompasses, LASIK's effectiveness, and how much it costs. We also know that there's a huge amount of information out there about LASIK, some of it well-written, some of it downright bad or even misleading. There's so much information that it can be confusing trying to make sense of it all. For this reason, we've dedicated a good portion of our site to answer your questions. The top questions we get about LASIK and laser eye surgery are listed below. We'll go into depth on pages throughout this site. Whether you decide to use us or someone else for your LASIK treatment, our goal is to ensure that you have only the best information upfront. The information on this site come from our team of surgeons, all who have credentials which place them among the best eye surgeons in New Jersey. And of course, you are always welcome to contact us to set up an appointment for a free no-obligation consultation where we can show you our facilities and answer any questions in person.
LASIK is an acronym which stands for laser assisted in situ keratomileusis. It's also commonly referred to as laser eye surgery. Put simply, LASIK is a form of eye surgery which can correct near-sightedness (inability to focus on objects far off), far-sightedness (inability to focus on close-up objects), and astigmatism (general blurry vision). LASIK surgery can eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses. Since it is medical surgery, it must be performed by ophthalmologists (eye MDs). For much more information about LASIK, visit our What Is LASIK page.
Traditional LASIK involves cutting a flap in the cornea using a physical razor-thin blade called a microkeratome. Advances in medicine and technology now allow for the use of a laser to do this cutting, allowing for much greater safety and precision. For more information see the 100% Blade-Free LASIK page.
Before surgery, you'll need a complete eye examination. The doctor will dilate your eyes to ensure that your prescription is accurate, examine your eyes to ensure they're healthy, and take precise measurements of such things as the curvature of your cornea and pupils and the thickness of your cornea. This is all to determine whether you're a candidate for LASIK and the best prescribed course of treatment. The doctor will sit with you and discuss the benefits, risks, and options for surgery.
LASIK surgery itself is an outpatient procedure, performed entirely in our eye care center at Princeton, New Jersey. The procedure takes only 10-15 minutes for each eye. The surface of your eye is numbed with an anesthetic eye drop. Then, the surgeon cuts a hinged flap of thin corneal tissue off the outer layer of the eyeball (cornea). The flap is lifted out of the way and the surgeon uses the laser to reshape the underlying corneal tissue. Once finished, the flap is replaced and quickly adheres to the eyeball to begin the healing process. There are no stitches. Plastic goggles are placed over the eye to protect the flap.
Healing is relatively fast, especially compared to other kinds of surgery (98% of patients drive without glasses the next day). For the first few hours after surgery you may experience a mild burning sensation (it's important not to rub the eyes during this time) and vision may be blurry the day of surgery. However, it will improve considerably by the next day when you return to the office for a follow-up exam. Many patients tell us about their experiences waking up that morning to crystal clear vision for the first time in years. There's a lot more information on our guide to What is LASIK guide.
iLASIK, zLASIK, and so on. How do I know which is right for me?
There's definitely a staggering number of acronyms and buzzwords for laser eye surgery out there. In most cases, these refer to variations to the standard LASIK procedure outlined above, the result of improved technologies or customized treatments for specific medical conditions. Here are some of the more common ones you'll hear.
PRK, LASEK, and epi-LASIK are all procedures where instead of creating a corneal "flap" as described in the standard LASIK procedure above, the epithelium is cleanly separated from the cornea using a microkeratome tool. This method is used for patients who may not qualify for traditional LASIK surgery (for example, if they have high amounts of myopia or have thin corneas). Epi-LASIK is the latest and most technologically advanced of these methods, and is the preferred surface ablation treatment here at Wills Laser Vision, providing fast recovery and optimal comfort. Visit our What is Epi-LASIK page to learn more.
100% Blade-Free LASIK, InterLASIK, interLASE, iLASIK, All-Laser LASIK, and zLASIK, are all ways to describe the latest and most advanced blade-free LASIK technique where instead of using a microkeratome to cut the corneal "flap", an ultra-precise laser is used. This results in significantly greater accuracy, comfort, and visual results and surpass all technology in the Princeton area and through New Jersey. Visit our 100% Blade-Free LASIK page to learn more.
The surgeons of the Princeton Eye Group have extensive experience in virtually all refractive surgery procedures, will discuss with you all your options, and will prescribe for you the ideal procedure for your eyes to maximize effectiveness and comfort for your own individual circumstances.
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At Wills Laser Vision we strive to stand out in three important ways. First, our surgeons are second to none in terms of their experience. They have performed LASIK surgery successfully for thousands of patients and have themselves trained LASIK surgeons. Second, our technology is more advanced than any LASIK practice throughout New Jersey, from the FemtoSecond 200 laser for cutting the corneal flap, to the Wavelight Allegretto Eye-Q 400 used to perform the corneal sculpting. In fact, our femtosecond laser is the most advanced femtosecond laser available and as of today, the only one in New Jersey. Finally, we know what a big decision LASIK is and how nerve-racking it can be. And so, we'll be there every step of the way for you, explaining clearly to you what you can expect with the procedure, the benefits, the risks, and the healing process. We'll answer every question you have, and you'll never feel lost or alone throughout the process. For more details, read our page about what makes Wills Laser Vision unique.
As with any surgery, there are risks and possible complications. The surgeons of The Princeton Eye Group have extensive training in the field of refractive surgery and enjoy excellent results when performing LASIK. Although complications following LASIK at Wills Laser Vision at Princeton are rare, it is our responsibility to alert you to these possible risks. Before the surgery your surgeon will review all risks clearly and thoroughly with you, taking in account your specific health and medical history. Visit our Is LASIK safe page for more information.