Laser Eye, LASIK Surgery, Treatments
LASIK is a laser eye surgery procedure intended to reduce a person's dependency on glasses or contact lenses due to conditions including:
- Nearsightedness (myopia)
- Farsightedness (hyperopia)
The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System's LASIK Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality care using the latest technology. At the LASIK Center, Dr. Carolyn Shih performs “bladeless” LASIK eye surgery. All patients are screened through a free visit using the latest technology to ensure that proper surgical planning and treatment are customized for each patient.
We use the IntraLASE laser in conjunction with the excimer laser and CustomVue LASIK technology to perform the procedure. This technology provides the following advantages over centers that are still using a blade:
- Increased safety and precision. Because there is no variability in blade quality with the bladeless LASIK surgery procedure, there is little or no risk of the complications associated with procedures that use a blade.
- Less invasive. Our bladeless LASIK eye surgery is a much less invasive procedure than traditional LASIK. The laser passes don't apply friction to the front layer of the eye, which results in a much more comfortable procedure.
Although it’s exciting to know you can have your vision improved after a 30-minute procedure, it’s important to learn as much as you can about LASIK before you choose this kind of surgery.
LASIK Surgery: How It Works
The terminology for this kind of laser eye surgery is "laser vision correction for refractive error." A refractive error is a flaw in the shape of the cornea that causes images to be improperly focused on the retina. When a surgeon performs refractive surgery, it essentially changes the curvature of the cornea so the eye can focus light more effectively. Images that were blurry without any kind of external corrective lens become clear.
Two major varieties of refractive surgeries are PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis). In PRK, a laser is used to reshape the central cornea as necessary.
The main advantages of LASIK eye surgery are:
- Quicker visual rehabilitation
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- The surgeon can treat higher levels of refractive error without the limitations associated with PRK.