At our Baltimore LASIK offices, we provide the best technology for laser vision correction. The combination of our specialist's experience and training, with the most advanced laser technology helps to ensure excellent results for our many patients from the Baltimore and Maryland regions. LASIK surgery is an extremely successful vision correction procedure approved for the treatment of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and in some cases, presbyopia correction.
In the United States alone, Laser surgery is performed on over a million patients every year, and it is currently the most popular refractive surgery available. If you are interested in laser vision correction, consider what surgery can do for you.
To find out more about laser vision correction, please contact us. During your complimentary surgery consultation, our vision specialist will determine whether you are a candidate for eye surgery, or whether you would be better suited for other procedures.
LASIK Surgery at our Baltimore LASIK Center - The Procedure
Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, is a surgical treatment designed to improve vision by increasing the focusing power of the eye. It is an outpatient procedure that can be performed in less than an hour. At our vision correction center, surgery begins after the patient is made comfortable with numbing anesthetic eyedrops. During the procedure, our surgeon creates a flap in the outer eye, and gently folds over the flap to reveal the cornea. Using a precise excimer laser, she then quickly reshapes the cornea, and replaces the flap over the eye. The surgery itself is virtually painless, and results can be seen immediately. After vision correction with it, patients can leave our office immediately, and return to their normal activities within a day, sometimes less.
Who is a Candidate for LASIK Surgery?
The surgery is best suited for healthy patients who are at least 18 years of age. If you suffer from astigmatism, myopia (nearsightedness), or hyperopia (farsightedness), and your prescription is stable, you may be a candidate for laser vision correction with it. At our practice, the surgery is the procedure of choice for patients with lower prescriptions. The surgery is worthwhile for anyone who is unhappy wearing glasses or contact lenses. The surgery may now also be an option for presbyopia correction; the surgery can correct one eye for distance vision and the other eye for close vision in a procedure known as Monovision.
At our practice, every potential patient must undergo a thorough examination prior to surgery. Our specialist will base her recommendations for treatment on a number of factors, including your current prescription, medical background, lifestyle, and expectations from surgery.
LASIK Surgery - Results
After laser vision correction at our practice, patients can expect to see immediate improvement in the quality of their vision. Studies from the American Academy of Ophthalmology report that seven out of 10 patients achieve 20/20 vision or better following the surgery. It is important to be aware that the surgery is not a guarantee of perfect vision, and some patients may require additional surgery to further enhance their vision. However, the vast majority of our patients who have undergone the surgery are extremely happy with the results. In fact, our enhancement rate is currently less than 3%, far below the national average.
As with most surgeries, there are possible risks. During your consultation at our practice, our specialist will explain the LASIK surgery in detail, and go over all possible long/short term side effects and complications.