A new era of vision correction has arrived. The development and refinement of excimer laser technology has enabled procedures to correct nearsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness. Laser vision correction can reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The two most well-known types of vision correction surgery include: LASIK (for Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) and PRK (for Photo-Refractive Keratectomy). As the technology has evolved, the FDA has expanded the scope of eligibility to incorporate an increasing range of optical conditions.

The Benefits of Bladeless LASIK
With LASIK, the surgeon numbs the eye, creates a corneal flap that is lifted back, applies the laser treatment to the inner layers of the cornea, and then replaces the flap, which heals naturally. An excimer laser helps make the flap precisely, safely and quickly so the surgeon spends less time in the eye. This makes the procedure more comfortable, and facilitates a faster visual recovery.

What to Expect from LASIK
A consultation with Dr. Powell will generally determine if you are a good candidate for a successful LASIK procedure. On the day of surgery, your eyes will be numbed before the procedure is done on an outpatient basis. The entire LASIK procedure takes approximately 10 minutes per eye from start to finish. On average, there are four follow-up visits with Dr. Powell during the first three months after your procedure and then normal annual eye exams thereafter.