Saif Jaweed, M.D. and his staff are able to offer a wide range of treatment procedures including BLADELESS CUSTOM LASIK surgery in Cincinnati, Ohio. LASIK has always involved two steps: making a flap and reshaping the cornea with the excimer laser. Because we are dedicated to providing our patients with the best possible vision, we use the Intralase femtosecond laser to make the flap, thereby making LASIK an ALL LASER procedure.
Since the excimer laser was first approved by the FDA in 1995, LASIK has become one of the most popular surgical procedures for vision correction. Everyday, more and more patients in need of vision correction choose LASIK because it is proven to have less side effects and a quicker recovery time than most other vision correction procedures. LASIK, which stands for ‘laser in-situ keratomileusis’, is a surgical procedure that treats astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness by removing tissue within the cornea.
Astigmatism occurs when the cornea is oblong, or football-shaped. This causes light rays to focus on two points in the back of the eye, instead of just one (which is normal). For astigmatism patients, MidWest EyeCenter surgeons make the cornea more spherical, creating one point of focus.
Nearsightedness (also known as myopia) occurs when the eyeball is a little longer than normal from front to back, which causes light rays to focus at a point just in front of the retina, instead of directly on it. MidWest EyeCenter surgeons treat this common symptom by removing tissue from the center of the cornea, which slightly flattens it. This helps light rays to focus directly on the retina.
Farsightedness (also known as hyperopia) occurs when the eyeball is a little shorter than normal from front to back, which causes light rays to focus at a point just behind the retina, instead of directly on it. For patients with farsightedness, MidWest EyeCenter surgeons remove tissue from the outer edge of the cornea, making it slightly steeper and allowing light rays to focus directly on the retina.
Is LASIK for you?
If you are tired of relying on contact lenses or eyeglasses to see clearly, LASIK surgery may be for you. Saif Jaweed, M.D. and the staff at MidWest EyeCenter are prepared to assess whether or not LASIK surgery can help you.
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Here are some general guidelines that can help you determine if you are a candidate for laser vision correction:
- You are at least 18 years old.
- You must have stable vision for at least one year (it's not uncommon for young adults to experience changes in their contact lens or eyeglass prescription; vision tends to stabilize in the 20’s).
- You must have healthy eyes. Any condition that affects how well your eyes would heal after LASIK must be resolved prior to surgery.
- You must have no signs of keratoconus (which is an abnormal condition of the cornea) or glaucoma.
What To Expect
For those who are tired of relying on their eyeglasses or contact lenses, LASIK surgery can be a wonderful solution. Our goal at the MidWest EyeCenter is for all our LASIK surgery patients to be able to enjoy performing their daily activities without corrective lenses. Through the years, LASIK surgery has come to be recognized as very safe and effective. Like any surgical procedure, complications from LASIK can occur (although they are rare). For this reason, Dr. Jaweed and his staff use the latest technology to conduct thorough pre-operative examinations with each and every patient. The MidWest EyeCenter understands that LASIK is not for everyone and carefully screens each individual to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved. Nearly 100% of people who undergo LASIK eye surgery at MidWest EyeCenter are completely satisfied with their improved vision.
Some mild side effects such as dryness, glare and halos may be experienced after LASIK surgery but usually diminish shortly thereafter. Like any other surgical procedure, each patient heals differently.
If you are interested in LASIK surgery and believe you may be a candidate, contact us today to schedule a consultation. This initial consultation will go a long way in helping to determine if LASIK surgery is a viable option and will help you to make an educated decision. For us here at MidWest EyeCenter, it is of paramount importance to ensure that each patient has all of his/her questions answered to their satisfaction prior to undergoing LASIK surgery.
The Day Of Surgery
On the day of your LASIK surgery, you will arrive at the MidWest EyeCenter’s West Chester Laser Center about an hour prior to the procedure. After you are checked in, preparations for your procedure will begin. Patients are instructed to clean their own face and eyes. A mild sedative is also prescribed to every patient to help calm their nerves. First, anesthetic eye drops will be used to numb your eyes (no injection is necessary). Once the anesthetic has taken effect and your eyes are completely numb, an eyelid holder is put in place to prevent any blinking during the short procedure. The anesthetic ensures that you are comfortable and relaxed during the procedure. The LASIK procedure is usually completed in five minutes or less, depending on how much correction is needed. You may experience some pressure during the procedure, but no pain. After the surgery is complete the corneal flap bonds naturally. Blurry vision is common immediately after the procedure and therefore you will need to have someone on hand to drive you home. In the first 24 hours after surgery, some discomfort may persist and can usually be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication. Some swelling and watering of the eyes, as well as sensitivity to bright light, may occur for a few days but most LASIK patients are able to resume their normal activities the next day.