Even otherwise perfectly healthy eyes can be irregular in shape, meaning the eyeball, cornea or lens isn’t curved perfectly, which can affect how the cornea focuses light and create what we call refractive errors like myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness). Astigmatism is an abnormal curvature of the cornea or lens. All of these issues, independently or combined, can cause vision problems that are typically addressed with glasses.
Glasses – Friend or Frenemy?
Plenty of people wear glasses but not everyone likes being dependent on them. Glasses can interfere with small pleasures like strolling in the rain, sipping coffee or snuggling close to a sweetheart without having lenses fog up, swimming, playing sports, even watching TV while lying on the sofa. Some people need glasses for reading and another set for driving, a third for sun protection, and a fourth pair if they want to read by the pool. That can add up to a lot of expense and inconvenience, especially if you break or lose a pair.
LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, a refractive surgical procedure in which a specialized femtosecond laser is used to reshape the cornea so it is more symmetrical, enhancing its ability to capture light and focus it on the retina.
“LASIK bladeless laser vision correction is a very safe and quick procedure,” says Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Vinay Gutti, who is Fellowship-trained in refractive surgery and has performed more than 10,000 successful surgical procedures. “This technology is so effective it has been approved for use by NASA and the military.”
First, Dr. Gutti performs a thorough eye exam to assess the suitability of LASIK for each patient. He evaluates eye shape, corneal condition, refractive errors and tear film and asks the patient his or her ultimate vision goal: improved close-up vision, improved distance vision, or both. Dr. Gutti utilizes iDesign, the most advanced eye-mapping technology available, to create a map that captures more than 1,200 data points in the eye, making it 100% customized to each patient and 25 times more precise than standard eye mapping techniques. This enhanced accuracy enables Dr. Gutti to assess each patient’s best options for custom vision correction and long-term satisfaction. Though outcomes may vary, LASIK is able to improve the quality of close-up vision, distance vision, night vision, even depth perception.
“The surgery itself is painless, requiring only anesthetic eye drops,” says Dr. Gutti. “No bandages or sutures are involved and the discomfort afterward is typically mild or nonexistent.” During the procedure, Dr. Gutti uses the advanced femtosecond laser to create a very thin flap in the cornea, and then utilizes a cool ultraviolet light beam called an excimer laser to carefully remove microscopic bits of corneal tissue to correct malformation so that light can register more efficiently.
Afterward, Dr. Gutti gently returns the corneal flap and the procedure is over. “Vision is usually noticeably better within an hour after surgery, with improvements continuing as the eyes stabilize over the following few days,” he says.
After spending a short time in the waiting area, the patient receives a quick post-operative exam and then can be driven home by a friend or family member. People may experience some minor vision distortion the day of surgery, but most find they awaken the next morning to noticeably clearer, sharper vision. Patients are asked to return the next day for one more exam with Dr. Gutti to ensure everything looks as expected.
“Most people can return to work, driving, most of their usual activities the very next day,” says Dr. Gutti. “And anywhere from that day to a few weeks after surgery, most people achieve 20/20 vision or better, though some may still need glasses for specific activities like reading, depending on their circumstances and the correction they received.”
LASIK surgery has an excellent safety profile and has been used for nearly 30 years to help people stop or minimize their use of glasses. Lake Eye provides the region’s most advanced LASIK technology, with all surgeries performed by Dr. Gutti in our new state-of-the-art surgical suite at our Tavares office.
If you think LASIK might be rewarding for you, please contact Lake Eye’s Tavares office at 352-63-LASIK.