For individuals with Myopia (Nearsightedness), Hyperopia (Farsightedness), or Astigmatism there is now a way to improve your vision. LASIK (Laser in-Situ- Keratomileusis) is a technique that reshapes the surface of the cornea with an excimer laser, thus correcting vision problems. LASIK is outpatient surgery performed in Dr. Singer’s office lasting approximately five to ten minutes.
You are a candidate if:
- Your eyes are in good health.
- You wish to reduce the need for contacts and glasses.
- Your vision is stable.
By meeting with Dr. Singer for a free consultation, we can determine if you may benefit from laser vision correction.
How do I choose the right doctor?
Find out the level of experience of the surgeon and their results. You should also meet with Dr. Singer prior to surgery to discuss the risks and benefits as they apply to you.
Dr. Singer is one of the highest volume LASIK surgeons in the country. He has the experience to assess patients ocular conditions and visual needs to determine who is an ideal candidate for surgery, and should have a great outcome with laser vision correction. If you are not an ideal candidate, during your consultation, Dr. Singer will discuss the reasons and suggest alternatives to laser vision correction.
Your decision should not be based solely on cost. Although cost is important you need to determine what is included or not included in the quoted price. Don’t let yourself be surprised by hidden or additional fees.
Dr. Singer has a surgery facility in his office which offers the best value because no additional facility fee is needed. Most other surgeons have to pay a separate surgery center fee to use the lasers and expensive diagnostic equipment, greatly increasing the cost they must charge for surgery.
Educate yourself on the procedure so you feel comfortable with both the surgeon and the surgery. Ask for references from patients who have had LASIK surgery.
Checking references is crucial. The best way to check references is to speak to someone who has already had LASIK, and ask about their experience and who performed their surgery. Check out Dr. Singer’s FACEBOOK page to see what his patients have to say.
Check to make sure your surgeon uses the latest laser with the most current technology available.
Dr. Singer uses the latest technology available anywhere.
You should feel comfortable with the surgeon, staff and surgery center. Make sure all your questions and concerns are answered since you are trusting these individuals with your sight! It is important to meet with your surgeon prior to scheduling surgery so your specific and individual needs can be discussed.
Dr. Singer is committed to providing you with the best possible care so you will have the best possible result and refer your friends and family members.
What can I expect before, during and after surgery?
Prior to surgery you will be given specific instructions on when to remove your contacts (if applicable). You will also be provided with detailed instructions on how to prepare for the day of surgery:
- Please arrive on time so that we can maintain the schedule for all patients.
- Eat a light meal
- Do not wear make-up, perfume, cologne, scented lotions or hair spray
- Wear warm, comfortable clothing
- Follow instructions on removing your contacts
- Have someone drive you both to and from surgery
This is an outpatient procedure that will last approximately 5-10 minutes per eye. You will be positioned in a comfortable, reclining chair and be given numbing drops in both eyes. You may experience slight discomfort from the suction applied as the surgeon creates a protective flap from your cornea. The laser is applied for up to 90 seconds per eye, depending on your prescription, at which time you’ll hear rapid clicking caused by the pulsating laser. This is the laser removing the appropriate amount of corneal tissue. The surgeon will then replace the protective flap and you will be fitted with a protective eye shield.
Immediately after surgery you may feel as though something is in your eye as well as experience some burning and itching. Your vision may initially be blurry. You will be given a detailed list of instructions:
- Return home after surgery and try to sleep – if appropriate. You may wish to take a sleeping pill.
- Use Antibiotic eye drops every hour while awake starting when you get home.
- Wear plastic shields given to you after surgery when you sleep and shower for 3 days.
- Do not rub your eyes.
- No water activities for 3-4 weeks including swimming, hot tubs, etc.
- Do not wear makeup for 1 week.
- Use artificial tears given to you after surgery as often as needed for dry eyes or discomfort.
What are the risks of having LASIK?
As with any surgical procedure, there are associated risks. Although rare, they can occur and that is why it is important to meet with your surgeon before you schedule your LASIK procedure. During this meeting you will not only learn if you are a candidate, but Dr. Singer will explain the benefits and risks of laser vision correction. Then before having LASIK you can weigh the pluses and minuses as they pertain to your individual situation. Some risks are:
- Depending on you prescription (refraction), results may vary. If you have a very high or very low refraction you may have difficulty seeing 20/20 without glasses or contact lenses.
- There is a chance you may be either under or over-corrected. Only a certain percentage of patients achieve 20/20 after surgery. Depending on your results additional treatment may be necessary and will be evaluated by Dr. Singer.
- LASIK does not eliminate the need for reading glasses either now or in the future. LASIK is correcting for nearsightedness (Myopia), farsightedness (Hyperopia) and astigmatism. Presbyopia or the need for reading glasses is not correctable with LASIK.
- Further complications, including infection and corneal ectasia, although rare, may occur. This will be fully explained by Dr. Singer during your evaluation.
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