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The CustomVue procedure tailors a distinct correction for each individual - in fact each treatment is "designed" by the unique characteristics of the individuals‚ eyes. WaveScan technology captures unique imperfections in each individual's vision that could not have been measured before.

This new level of measurement provides 25-times more precision than measurements using standard methods for glasses and contact lenses. WaveScan technology produces a detailed map of the eye - much like a fingerprint, no two are alike and translates this information into a set of CustomVue treatment instructions for the laser.

ABOUT LASIK For most patients, Laser In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is the most effective and least invasive method to improve natural vision and reduce/eliminate the need for corrective lenses. Performed by pioneering ophthalmologists since 1991, LASIK quickly evolved to become the amazingly effective procedure it is today. LASIK is so effective that it has become the procedure of choice of many ophthalmologists, due in part to its versatility, as it can be used to correct myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia. LASIK also sports a remarkable recovery time - with few exceptions, most LASIK patients can return to work the day after having the procedure.

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HOW LASIK WORKS An excimer laser, the type of laser used for LASIK, differs greatly from other lasers. Whereas most lasers cut or burn tissue, the "cold" excimer laser gently breaks down molecular bonds between cells so that controlled, microscopic amounts of tissue can be vaporized away, a process called ablation. Before treatment begins, it is necessary to determine precisely how the excimer laser can treat the patient. To this effect, revolutionary WaveScan technology customizes a WavePrint map. Originally designed to reduce distortion in high-powered telescopes, WaveScan technology now allows ophthalmologists to create that same incredible resolution in your own eyes. Light travels in a procession of flat sheets known as wavefronts. Gentle wavefront lights enter the eye, pass through the entire optical system (cornea, lens and retina) and are then reflected back into the WaveScan sensors. The WaveScan system compares the reflected wavefronts with the original unaltered wavefronts. This produces a fingerprint of your vision, or WavePrint map. This information is then transferred to the excimer laser and is used as a guide to reshape the cornea during your laser vision treatment. The second step of LASIK involves the creation of a small flap of clear tissue on the central part of the eye, which the surgeon makes by using a special surgical instrument called a microkeratome. This flap is essentially a window through which the excimer laser can reshape the cornea. From this point, treatment depends on the nature of the illness. Nearsighted patients will have tissue removed from the central part of the cornea. A ring pattern is ablated for farsighted patients, increasing corneal steepness. Astigmatisms, too, are treated by evening the curvature of the cornea. The WavePrint map made in the first step of the LASIK process serves as the blueprint for each individual patient‚s personal best vision. During the procedure, patients are awake and are given only topical anesthetic eye drops. Good vision is often apparent immediately following the procedure, but a friend or family member should accompany you the day of the procedure and drive you home. A regiment of eye drops is prescribed following LASIK for about a week, in most cases, to prevent dry eye. Patients are able to resume all of their normal activities within one to two days in most cases.

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Do glasses or contacts interfere with your lifestyle? Do you ever wonder what life would be like if you were free of the need for glasses or contacts? Then you may be a good candidate for LASIK. LASIK Candidates should...

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have adequate corneal thickness
  • Have stable eyeglass or contact lens prescription
  • Have an otherwise normal eye exam
  • Exhibit normal corneal topography
  • Have no history of an autoimmune type of disease

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ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS OR RISKS? Patients should be aware that any medical procedure involves some degree of risk, even elective surgeries such as LASIK. Possible complications for LASIK include excessively dry eyes, corneal scarring, corneal edema, eye pain/discomfort, glares/halos, and decreased night vision. However, the risk of these complications is low. LASIK performed in the 1990s was less selective, and about 5% of patients who had the procedure in that decade had some form of complication. Modern, experienced refractive surgeons screen patients more carefully, and thus the percentage of patients who have problems today is well below 1%. Comparatively, people are 4 times more likely to have a major complication from wearing contact lenses than from having a LASIK procedure.

In addition to being aware of these risks, patients should know that, although 20/20 vision (and beyond) is the goal of refractive surgeons and patients alike, 20/20 vision is not guaranteed. Your refractive surgeon will explain your prognosis on a personal basis. Statistically, LASIK is one of the most effective procedures performed on a day-to-day basis. One year after the CustomVue LASIK procedure, patients in a clinical study reported these great results without glasses and contact lenses:

  • 100% could pass a driving test
  • 98% could see 20/20 or better
  • 70% could see better than 20/20

Additionally, in the event that optimal results are not achieved with the procedure, Dr. Jackson offers laser enhancements to provide further correction when necessary.

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History of Refractive Surgery Physicians have been performing refractive surgery since the 1970s. Refractive procedures have dramatically improved in recent years with the introduction of the excimer laser. The excimer laser is a computer controlled ultraviolet beam of light that reshapes the eye's cornea so light can focus more directly on the retina, thereby reducing refractive errors. The excimer laser has been in use since the early 1980s and is now widely used around the world for Laser Vision Correction procedures. The laser is extremely accurate and can remove portions of tissue smaller than the thickness of a human hair. LASIK has proven to be one of this century's most amazing technological breakthroughs in eye care. In its second decade of use, the excimer laser adds a tremendous amount of precision, control and safety to the surgical correction of vision errors.

From RK...
In the early 1970‚s a Russian physician, Dr. Svyatoslav Fyodorov, treated a patient with glass fragments in his eyes. Dr. Fyodorov noted that after the glass fragments were removed and the cornea had healed, the patient was able to see better without glasses. After researching past efforts at refractive surgery, he worked out a formula that made this procedure more predictable then it had ever been before. In 1978 he then began working on methods with cuts being made to the outer surface of the cornea to change the shape of the eye, which later became known as radial keratotomy. In the late 1980‚s as more and more patients were having RK on their eyes, the instruments used during surgery were improved as well. Gem-quality, highly polished diamond blades took the place of metal blades that were being used. Improved techniques and advances in instrumentation made radial keratotomy an effective, precise, and safe alternative to eyeglasses and contact lenses. Since it was introduced, radial keratotomy has been performed on over 2 million patients in the United States alone. However, a number of limitations of radial keratotomy prompted research into alternate forms of refractive surgery.

To PRK...
In the late 1980‚s, excimer lasers were first used to treat myopia. Doctors and researchers began looking at lasers to improve the predictability and precision of refractive surgery in altering the shape and thickness of the cornea. Using a beam of cool ultraviolet light, the excimer laser creates a slight thinning of the corneal surface in order to achieve the desired flattening effect. This laser can remove 1/4 of 1/1000 of one millimeter at a time. This procedure, known as Photorefractive Keratotomy, or PRK, could more accurately correct much higher levels of nearsightedness, astigmatism and even farsightedness. The first patient to have PRK was treated in Germany in 1988. As of November 1994, it is estimated that over 1,000,000 PRK cases have been performed in 40 countries around the world.

To LASIK
In 1991, Dr. Ionas Pallikaris was the first physician to use the microkeratome to create a thin corneal cap and then apply the excimer laser to reshape the internal cornea. The word "Keratomileusis" is derived from two Greek words that literally mean, "to shape the cornea". "In-situ" means "within". The term LASIK literally means, "to reshape the cornea from within using laser". LASIK has become increasingly popular with leading surgeons throughout the world, replacing previous forms of refractive procedures like RK. Now, with improved understanding of the eye and the way we see, we have developed new Wavefront technology so LASIK is more precise and effective than ever.

Laser vision correction technology is improving every day.
Millions of people worldwide have benefited from refractive surgery.

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PRK Introduction
LASIK has become the treatment of choice for most people, but for individuals whose eye orbits are too deep or whose cornea is too flat, steep or thin, Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) may be the best alternative.

How it works
PRK preceded LASIK and was the first modern operation using a laser to correct vision. About 15% of patients choose PRK for their laser vision correction, particularly if they have thin or irregular corneas.

Photorefractive Keratectomy
is a laser surgical procedure effective in correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Much like LASIK, PRK uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea, resulting in a reduction or elimination of glasses and contact lenses. This reshaping is done on the outside surface of the cornea, rather than under a flap as in LASIK. It starts at Bowman's membrane and continues as necessary into the stroma, where the majority of laser vision correction takes place.

During the PRK procedure, the ophthalmologist does not create a flap, but instead removes epithelial cells, the thin layer of cells on the surface of the cornea. The physician then uses the cool beam of the excimer laser to precisely reshape the cornea to its desired curvature, in the same manner as LASIK with the same visual results (only at a slightly slower pace).

PRK eye surgery generally requires about twenty minutes of operating room time, but the actual duration may vary according to the type and amount of correction needed. A mild sedative, such as Valium or Ativan, may be given to help you relax. Eye drops will be administered to numb your eyes. You will be lying on the laser bed and your eyelids will be held open with a device called a lid speculum. You will be asked to focus on a special fixation light in a microscope.

After PRK eye surgery, Dr. Jackson will place a soft contact lens on the cornea to protect the eye and reduce discomfort while healing. Until the contact lens is removed, your vision will be blurred. The blurriness may go away within a short time or may be that way for a number of months. You will be required to use medicated and lubricating eye drops to assist the healing process. It will generally take a few weeks for your vision to stabilize.

Recovery
LASIK and PRK are very similar. In PRK and LASIK, you can usually read a clock across the room immediately after the procedure. PRK however, has a slightly longer recovery period, usually taking a week or so before a patient reaches optimal visual acuity. Immediate recovery time and time off from work is two to four days. During this healing period the patient continues to wear the soft contact lens. The contact lens acts like a Band-Aid to cover the cornea and to minimize discomfort. You will be able to go home afterwards, but you will need to arrange for someone to drive you and bring you back the next day for your exam. Thereafter, you should not drive until Dr. Jackson permits you to do so.

For the first few days, you may experience discomfort, ranging from scratchiness, to actual pain; your vision may be blurry and/or may fluctuate between being clear and being blurry. In some cases, a patient's vision improves immediately afterwards, but later becomes blurry. These conditions affect various patients differently; some may not be bothered. Other patients may be more intolerant to the discomfort or lack of visual acuity. Functional vision typically recovers shortly thereafter. Several weeks or months may be required to attain final visual results.

Results
The final outcomes of PRK eye surgery or LASIK eye surgery are often identical, especially in lower power corrections; the main difference is the healing time (for more information see LASIK).

You may need glasses or other corrective lenses after the procedure on a temporary or permanent basis. PRK eye surgery will not prevent presbyopia, and may actually reveal a need for reading glasses, particularly for patients over forty years of age.

Risks
PRK includes the same risks as LASIK, plus some discomfort caused by the removal of the protective epithelium, or skin, of the cornea. This sometimes persists for 2 to 3 days until the epithelium grows back, during which time the patient continues to wear a protective contact lens and use pain relief medication. PRK is occasionally associated with some problems of regression of effect as well as haze in the stroma, both more common in higher powers of correction. The transient haze in the cornea typically is subtle and usually does not affect vision. Occasionally this haze is significant enough to slightly reduce vision, usually resolving itself within six months.

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