Customized LASIK Eye Surgery - Raleigh, Durham Cary
At Dr. Dornic’s state-of-the-art LASIK Raleigh / Durham offices, patients are offered sophisticated treatments geared towards reducing or eliminating their dependence on glasses and contact lenses. In order to deliver the best possible vision correction results, Dr. Dornic performs thorough evaluations and uses the latest laser eye surgery technologies. Our IntraLase laser is the safest available and our CustomVue technology has been proven to deliver the highest success rate. To learn more about LASIK technologies, please click here.
Refractive Errors Treatable with LASIK
LASIK is an acronym for Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, a procedure that uses a laser to reshape the cornea and correct refractive error, the failure of the eye to properly focus light on the retina. There are three common types of refractive error that can be treated with LASIK eye surgery:
Nearsightedness (myopia) occurs when the cornea is too curved or the eye is too long. This causes light to focus in front of the retina, resulting in blurry distance vision.
Farsightedness (hyperopia) occurs when the cornea is too flat in relation to the length of the eye. This causes light to focus at a point beyond the retina, resulting in blurry close vision and sometime blurry distance vision as well.
Astigmatism occurs when the cornea is shaped like a football (more curved in one direction than the other) and often occurs along with nearsightedness and farsightedness. This causes light to focus in more than one point on the retina, resulting in blurry and distorted vision.
How Does LASIK Work?
LASIK eye surgery at our Durham / Raleigh area practice in Cary corrects vision by reshaping the cornea, so that light rays focus more precisely on the retina, thereby reducing or eliminating refractive errors. There is typically little or no post-operative discomfort after LASIK surgery. Recovery is fast and complications are rare if your procedure is performed by an experienced LASIK surgeon utilizing the best available technology .
The first step in LASIK eye surgery is to create a corneal flap. A very fine layer of the outer corneal surface is incised with a laser or microkeratome and folded back to expose the stroma, the middle corneal layer. The second step of LASIK eye surgery is to use a laser to remove microscopic amounts of tissue to reshape the cornea. Lastly, the flap is returned to its original position and reseals itself.
Traditionally the LASIK flap had been made with an instrument with an oscillating blade. Vision correction was achieved by the surgeon manually entering prescription information into an excimer laser and delivering the treatment under the LASIK flap. Two major advances in technology: the IntraLase laser to create a blade-free flap and CustomVue technology to correct higher order aberrations, so revolutionized the LASIK procedure that the combination has been designated iLASIK. iLASIK still maintains the two basic steps of the older LASIK procedure but is the manifestation of major improvements in both steps. The evolution of LASIK into the iLASIK procedure utilizing a wavefront analyzer and two sep arate lasers: one to make the flap and one to perform the vision correction, has made a good procedure even better and safer.
Customized LASIK Treatment to Fit Your Individual Needs
If you are not a candidate for LASIK at our Raleigh / Durham area practice, Dr. Dornic can discuss with you the LASIK alternatives, LASEK, PRK, SBK implantable contacts and CK. To ensure the very best results available, our Cary / Raleigh LASIK practice is equipped with the finest laser technologies.
Over the course of his distinguished career, Dr. Dornic has been acknowledged as a leading Durham / Raleigh LASIK and cataracts surgeon. When performing cataract surgery in Raleigh / Durham, he uses advanced surgical technologies and sophisticated IOLs to help patients restore clear, crisp vision. In addition to performing advanced laser eye surgery procedures, Dr. Dornic is a skilled Raleigh cataract surgery provider. Contact the practice today to learn more.
LASIK does have some risks and associated side effects such as dry eye and the continued need for glasses. For a complete list, see the FDA website: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/SurgeryandLifeSupport/LASIK/ucm061354.htm