Maximizing Safety in LASIK
Submitted by Dr. Dean Dornic on Sun 05/01/2011 - 11:38
There is no such thing as any medical procedure that is completely risk free. If you are considering vision correction, obviously your number one concern is safety. But how do you make sure you have done everything possible to minimize the risk of LASIK? And why do some patients suffer from complications?
The first thing to understand is that the risks of LASIK are not the same for every patient. Some patients may inherently have a higher risk of certain complications such as infection, flap complications, healing problems, dry eye and night time driving difficulties. It is important that you have a preoperative evaluation by a qualified physician experienced with the LASIK procedure to insure that pre-existing conditions that increase the risk of a LASIK procedure be identified. For some patients, the risks can be minimized with preoperative measures such as initiating Restasis therapy before the procedure. For other patients, the risks associated with the procedure may just be too great. There are several alternative procedures, such as implantable lenses or refractive lens exchange that may be a better fit.
The other thing to know is that not all LASIK surgeons and LASIK technology are equal. Optimizing your chance of success requires choosing an experienced surgeon and choosing the technology associated with the lowest risk. There are two steps to the LASIK procedure and there now exists technology designed to improve the safety of both steps. The IntraLase laser to make the LASIK flap is the safest way to achieve this step. The IntraLase laser decreases the risk associated with flap creation and in addition decreases the risks after flap creation (such as flap displacement and dry eye). CustomVue technology by AMO is the cornea reshaping technology designed to maximize vision quality and decrease the risk of night time glare and halos. When IntraLase is combined with CustomVue, the resulting LASIK procedure is termed “iLASIK”. Potential LASIK patients can therefore minimize the risks associated with a LASIK procedure by 1. Insuring they are evaluated by an experienced surgeon who performs alternative procedures to LASIK and 2. Looking for a surgeon who performs “iLASIK”. Looking for someone in the Raleigh area that meets these requirements? See Dr. Dean Dornic at the Laser Eye Center of Carolina. iLASIK Procedure on YouTube