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There is no better time than now to have LASIK. Join the millions of people around the world who are already enjoying freedom from glasses and contacts. Deciding who should perform your LASIK procedure can be overwhelming! When you choose Shapiro Eye Care, you can rest assured that you have selected an institution that practices the safest laser vision correction and focuses on quality individualized patient care. Dr. Mark Shapiro is a top eye surgeon who has performed thousands of LASIK procedures.
LASIK is a surgical procedure done to eliminate or reduce the need for distance glasses or contacts. It is probably the safest, most successful, surgical procedure being performed today. Over a million procedures are performed each year with outstanding results.
An ophthalmologist uses a very precise medical laser to correct certain vision problems, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. All three of these conditions are related to the shape of the eye or the cornea. The cornea is a layer at the front of the eye that helps to focus the light so it forms a clear, sharp image on the retina, enabling you to see clearly. In LASIK, Dr. Mark Shapiro uses a laser to make tiny changes to the shape of the cornea to help it make a sharper image on the cornea.
Myopia, or Nearsightedness, happens when the cornea of the eye is curved too steeply. This results in the image being focused in front of the retina. Patients with myopia may be able to see things clearly close up, but have difficulty seeing clearly when objects are farther away. LASIK allows Dr. Shapiro to make the curve of the cornea slightly flatter, so that the image is focused on the retina instead of in front of it
Hyperopia, or Farsightedness, happens when the cornea is too flat. In this case, the image is focused behind the retina, and the patient does not see clearly. Close-up objects are harder to see, and more distant objects may appear more clearly. When Dr. Shapiro performs LASIK on a patient with hyperopia, he makes the curve of the cornea a little steeper so that the image is focused on the retina.
Astigmatism is a problem in which the shape of the cornea is irregular, so that objects at any distance may be distorted and appear unclear. While a normal cornea is round like a basketball, an astigmatic cornea may be more football-shaped, or it may be thicker or thinner on one side or in spots. With the excimer laser used in LASIK, Dr. Shapiro reshapes the cornea so that it is rounder and more even, producing a sharper image on the retina of the patient's eye.
Before you have LASIK, Dr. Mark Shapiro offers a free evaluation to assure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. This evaluation includes a comprehensive eye exam to measure the exact amount of correction that you will need and specialized testing to gather the data that will be used to program the laser.
LASIK begins with the creation of a microscopic corneal flap. This gives the surgeon access to the internal structure of the cornea, where the reshaping is done. In Blade-free LASIK, Dr. Shapiro uses the Ziemer laser to create the corneal flap.
The Ziemer laser is a femtosecond laser. This means that its pulses are measured in millionths of a billionth of a second! The Ziemer creates millions of low-density pulses very rapidly to create a very precise flap on the cornea, which is then folded back to allow the second laser to reshape the cornea. Because of the unique way in which the flap is created, Blade-free LASIK allows for faster and stronger healing after the procedure.
The next step is for Dr. Shapiro to reshape the cornea. He uses the Allegretto Wave® excimer laser , which is the most advanced and safest laser system available in the United States. It is the only laser approved by the FDA specifically to perform Custom LASIK procedures.
Operating at 400 HZ, the Allegretto Wave® is one of the fastest excimer laser systems available in the United States, treating one diopter of correction in only four seconds. An average treatment will take no more than 8-10 seconds - in many cases even less.
Today, patients want to see better than they do with their glasses and contact lenses. They want to improve their quality of vision, especially at night and with regards to depth perception and contrast sensitivity. The Allegretto Wave® laser is engineered to consider the natural shape of the human eye, aiming to improve what nature originally designed. The Wavefront Optimized™ treatment considers the unique curvature and biomechanics of the eye, preserving quality of vision and addressing the spherical distortions that can induce glare and may affect night vision.
The Allegretto Wave® uses PerfectPulse Technology® to accurately control the energy level and exact placement of every laser pulse as it reaches the eye. The high-speed active eye-tracker tracks the eye 400 times per second, following even the fastest eye movements during treatment. If the eye moves out of range, the procedure pauses until the eye returns to a treatment position.
After the interior of the cornea has been reshaped, the corneal flap is folded back into place where it bonds quickly. The entire all-laser LASIK process is completed in under 15 minutes for both eyes, and most patients are able to return to work the following day.
Blade-Free LASIK is considered to be the safest surgical procedure being performed today. We know this because there have been more than 28 studies done that have gone through the FDA process and more than 10,000 eyes have been studied. If you look at the success rate, it is unprecedentedly high and the complication rate is extremely low. To underscore the success of LASIK, the U.S. military has adopted LASIK as their laser vision correction procedure of choice for pilots and Special Forces.
During the procedure, your eyes are anesthetized and you feel no discomfort. After the procedure, there may be some minor discomfort, but it lasts only a few hours and can usually be alleviated with Tylenol®.
At Shapiro Eye Care, the price of laser eye surgery is very competitive. We make the cost of LASIK even more affordable with financing through CareCredit for qualifying patients, often with no-interest options. If you find a lower price for the same service, though, we will match it. Click here for details.
After LASIK, you should not need glasses for distance vision. Rarely, someone's vision may regress after they have had LASIK. If this happens, Shapiro Eye Care's LASIK Assurance Plan, which is included in the price, will provide a retreatment with no surgical fees.
Most people as they age develop the need for reading glasses. This is a condition known as presbyopia, and it happens to nearly everyone, usually starting in their forties. There is no known way to prevent it, and even people who have had LASIK will probably still need reading glasses as they get older.