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Are You Interested In LASIK?

Laser eye treatment for people who wear glasses or contact lenses is now one of America’s most frequently performed elective surgeries. However, LASIK is not for everyone, so we recommend a consultation with Dr. Adler to see if you qualify for the procedure.

What Is LASIK?

LASIK, or Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, is a type of laser eye surgery that is performed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or a combination thereof.

Dr. Adler’s Extensive LASIK History.

In 1991, LASIK was performed for the first time in the United States by Drs. Stephen Brint and Stephen Slade. Dr. Adler has been performing refractive procedures since 1993. He went to Panama in 1995 to train with Dr. Ernesto Calvo, a pioneer in the profession, for PRK (photorefractive keratectomy)and LASIK. PRK was the first type of laser eye surgery for vision correction and is the predecessor to the popular LASIK procedure.

In 1996, Dr. Adler was the first surgeon in Manatee County, Florida, to successfully perform LASIK.

Are You a Candidate for LASIK?

LASIK can be very effective when performed on the right patient, but it is not for everyone. You may be a candidate for the procedure if you:

  • Are affected by one or a combination of the common types of refractive errors:

    • Myopia – nearsightedness

    • Hyperopia – farsightedness

    • Astigmatism - an imperfection in the curvature of your cornea  

  • Are over forty and wearing “monovision” contact lenses

  • Are interested in decreasing your dependence on reading glasses

  • Are over 18 years of age and have had a stable vision correction prescription for at least a year

  • Have a sufficient corneal thickness to allow a clear corneal flap of appropriate depth

  • Are adequately informed about the benefits and risks of the procedure.

Candidates are required to thoroughly discuss the procedure with Dr. Adler. It is important to understand that for most people, the goal of refractive surgery should be the reduction of dependency on glasses and contact lenses. Results do not always encompass the complete elimination of vision problems.

Who is a less than ideal candidate?

Sometimes, factors exist that preclude a patient from being a candidate for LASIK. These factors include patients who:

  • Are being treated with medications such as steroids or immunosuppressants, which can prevent healing – or those who are suffering from diseases that slow healing, such as autoimmune disorders

  • Are pregnant or nursing

  • Have a history of herpetic eye disease

  • Have refractive errors too severe for treatment with current technology

  • Have eye diseases such as advanced glaucoma, corneal disease or corneal thinning disorders (keratoconus or pellucid marginal degeneration)

  • Have certain other pre-existing eye diseases

  • Have unrealistic expectations:

    • It is critical for candidates to understand that LASIK surgery, as all surgical procedures, involves some risk.

    • Results and rate of healing vary from person to person – and even from eye to eye in each individual

What to Expect on Your Initial LASIK Consultation:

A thorough eye exam including

  • Visual Acuity

  • Manifest and Cycloplegic Refraction – determining the best lenses and refractive errors

  • Ocular Motility Exam – analyzing the function of eye muscles

  • Pupil Exam – constriction with light stimuli

  • Corneal Topography - mapping the surface curvature of the cornea

  • Corneal Thickness Exam (pachymetry)

  • Dilated Fundus Exam - mydriatic eye drops to dilate the pupil in order to obtain a better view of the fundus of the eye

  • Instructional Video

  • Assessment of Eye Health History

  • In-depth Discussion with Dr. Adler

What type of LASER do we use?

Dr. Adler has utilized the VISX laser since he first began performing PRK (photorefractive keratectomy)and LASIK. VISX was the first laser to be approved for LASIK in the United States by the FDA. We also provide Wavefront Custom LASIK on qualified patients for no additional charge.

Wavefront Custom LASIK surgery takes advantage of the latest laser vision technology and uses 3-dimensional measurements of the eye to enhance the laser’s ability to re-shape the front surface of the eye (cornea). This allows for precise, individualized vision correction outcomes to be achieved beyond those of Traditional LASIK surgery.

If you have any additional questions about LASIK, please call our office and ask to speak to one of our LASIK coordinators.