Michigan Lasik Eye Surgery
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LASIK is an abbreviation for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis and is a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes an excimer laser to permanently reshape the cornea of the eye. By reshaping the cornea, Lasik can correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, freeing people from the burdens of corrective eyewear such as glasses and contact lenses.
How Does Lasik Work?
During a Lasik procedure, the ophthalmologist uses either a mechanical blade device or a laser depending on the form of Lasik, to cut a circular flap in the cornea. The flap is then pulled back revealing the stroma of the eye. Using an excimer laser the surgeon fires pulses into the stroma to vaporize microscopic amounts of tissue and reshape the eye to properly refract light.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different types of Lasik?
There are multiple forms of Lasik including traditional blade-LASIK, all-laser LASIK, monovision LASIK, and the most advanced being CATz Topography-Guided Lasik. The difference between the first two is simple. In all laser Lasik, the surgeon uses a laser to create the flap in the cornea while in conventional Lasik, a mechanical blade is used.
Monovision Lasik is performed the same as traditional Lasik but one eye is set to see up close and the other eye is set to see at a distance. Monovision is used for those suffering from presbyopia, an age-related disease that causes people to lose their ability to focus the eyes.
CATz Topography-Guided Lasik is currently the most advanced form of Lasik eye surgery available. CATz was pioneered in Japan and was recently approved by the FDA in 2014 for use in the United States. CATz Lasik has been shown to produce results even better than the coveted 20-2o vision in over 80% of patients. CATz Lasik runs a bit pricier than traditional and all laser Lasik. The reason is that the laser machine used in CATz is not only more expensive than a standard excimer laser, but it is significantly more complicated in its operation. Few surgeons are trained to operate a CATz laser in the US and even fewer are experienced performing this advanced procedure. In fact, there is only one eye surgeon in the state of Michigan who is heavily experienced in performing CATz Topography-Guided Lasik. By requesting a consultation via the form above you will be contacted by one of the most experienced Lasik clinics in Michigan and you will have the opportunity to choose CATz as your treatment option.
How painful is the procedure?
Lasik is minimally invasive and by no means a painful procedure. Patients are administered local anesthetics and other medications to numb the eye and ease discomfort, although the amount of discomfort experienced during or after the treatment varies from patient to patient. One may also be given medication to use after the procedure, during the healing process if required, but it is often unnecessary. In fact, many patients find themselves not needing any sort of pain medication at all after their procedure is complete.
How long is the recovery period?
Lasik has a very fast recovery time when compared to other vision correction procedures. In fact, some people report notably sharper vision immediately as they walk out of the procedure room. This is of course, not the most common scenario but it does happen often. For most people, up to 8 hours may pass before their eyes and brain are fully accustomed to the change and their vision is fully clear. After Lasik, you may feel sensitive to the light and for this reason, it is recommended to stay indoors and keep out of the light for the remainder of the day. Most people feel comfortable going out the day after surgery but most will wait about 2 days following surgery to return to work. If you have your procedure Friday you should be able to get back to work on Monday. The same precautions are given to Lasik patients as with most other surgeries such as avoiding heavy exercise and strenuous activity for 10-14 days.
How much does it cost?
As with most surgeries, especially those that are unique to each patient, only the surgeon can determine if you are a suitable candidate and provide you with the final price estimate for you’re treatment. Every single patient has a different degree of refractive error and this can affect the price of Lasik. The cost of Lasik also depends on the form of Lasik you choose. Fill out the form above and we will arrange a consultation between you and a leading Lasik specialist. They will provide you with a plethora of valuable information that will help you determine the typical cost for a treatment, how to work with you’re budget, and any financing options available. On average, patients invest between the range of $1,500 – $4,000 to permanently restore their vision.
Listening to the radio and TV you may hear advertisements making claims such as “Lasik for $399 an eye” or other luring prices. We would like to inform you that unfortunately, these advertisements are not the wonderful deal they seem to be. Lasik providers that run these ads have terms in which you need to meet a very specific prescription of refractive error to qualify for the advertised price. From our finding, less than 1% of patients meet the requirements for the advertised prices, and the ones who do, are often not in dire need of Lasik. The lesson is that we highly recommend you either do your research when looking for a Lasik surgeon or request a consultation through SurgeonGate to avoid any misleading advertisements or shady clinics.
Is there an age requirement?
There is no official age requirement for Lasik although most people under the age of 18 do not meet the requirements, so surgeons often set this limit to avoid complications. The only age-related requirement for Lasik candidacy is vision stabilization. If your vision prescription changes every time you visit your optometrists than you are not ready for Lasik. In order to avoid complications, your prescriptions must be stable for at least 2 years before undergoing Lasik.
Are there any side effects?
Lasik is not only one of the most popular elective procedures in the United States but it is actually one of the safest according to multiple studies. The national rate of serious complications during Lasik is currently at 1%, and this is even lower when the procedure is performed by an experienced surgeon. Nevertheless, there are some possible side effects of Lasik eye surgery including dry eyes and possibly a loss of night vision. Patients that are at an increased risk of experiencing a complication or side effect include those with:
- Irregular shaped or excessively thin corneas
- A very high degree of refractive error
- Abnormally large pupils
- Unstable vision prescriptions
- Chronic dry eye syndrome
- Certain immune disorders
- Those who are pregnant or nursing