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Lasik Surgery Cincinnati, Ohio
Dr. Schneider 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 outer edge of the cornea, making it slightly steeper and allowing light rays to focus directly on the retina.
Is LASIK for you? A few criteria:
If you are tired of relying on contact lenses or eyeglasses to see clearly, LASIK surgery may be for you. Dr. Schneider and the staff at MidWest EyeCenter are prepared to assess whether or not LASIK surgery can help you.
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 (its not uncommon for young adults to experience changes in their contact lens or eyeglass prescriptions; 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.The goal at 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. Schneider and his staff use the latest technology to conduct thorough pre-operative examinations with each and every patient. 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 shortly after LASIK surgery but usually diminish shortly thereafter. Like any other surgical procedure, each patient heals differently. If any over reaction or under reaction occurs, within three to six months the eye will stabilize. At this point, an additional screening is recommended to discuss further treatments that may help to fine-tune your vision.
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. The area around your eyes will be thoroughly cleaned. Anesthetic eye drops will be used to numb your eyes (no injections are necessary!). For those who are experiencing anxiety, a mild sedative may be offered. After 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—you will not see anything coming towards your eye. 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.
What is Co-Management?
The surgeons of The MidWest EyeCenter have developed a program specifically designed to enhance the relationship between you, your current primary eye care provider, and our team of surgeons.
This program is called co-management. We work with a select group of optometrists and ophthalmologists nationwide that help bring the highest level of patient care to the surgery process. The eye doctor in your area may be eligible.
If you desire, your co-managing doctor can:
- Acquaint you with our surgeons at The MidWest EyeCenter and the procedures that are available to you
- Inform you if you are a candidate for surgery and discuss your personal expectations
- Perform the pre-operative initial evaluation
- Perform the post-operative examinations
- Assist you with any supplemental aids for reading, sunny weather or night driving.
- Continue to perform your primary care eye needs.
If you are interested in finding out if your current eye doctor is a participating co-management provider, please call the MidWest EyeCenter and speak to one of our consultants locally at 513 385-EYES(3937) or toll free at 1-800 385-EYES(3937).