LASIK, or Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, is a non-invasive surgery of the eye that is used to reshape the top layer of the cornea, allowing images to focus properly on the retina. Advancements in technology have made LASIK increasingly safer and more effective since its inception during the late 1990s. Those suffering from nearsightedness, far sightedness, and even astigmatism can benefit from LASIK eye surgery. Boulder Eyes / Beyer LASIK is a leader in Laser Vision Correction (LVC) procedures in the Denver area. Not only do we have some of the most highly decorated doctors in all of Colorado, but we also offer some of the most competitive prices around on all of the procedures we perform. If you would like to learn more about which LVC procedure is right for you and the associated costs, schedule a consultation at Boulder Eyes / Beyer LASIK today!
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How LASIK Eye Surgery Works
The LASIK technician creates a thin flap in the surface level of the cornea. Once the incision is made, the technician will lift the flap to gain access to the cornea. Reshaping the cornea can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism (refractive error of the eye). The flap will bond to the cornea as part of the recovery process. Learn more on what to expect during surgery.
Recovering from LASIK Surgery
LASIK eye surgery has helped countless people see better with a painless procedure and a quick recovery time. Boulder Eyes / Beyer LASIK has become a leading provider of this elective eye surgery, and the brevity of LASIK recovery time makes the decision to improve your vision an easy one. To learn more about what to expect and steps to take, visit our page on recovering from LASIK surgery.
Common Questions about LASIK
The description of the LASIK surgery sounds complicated, but the actual procedure takes less than ten minutes per eye. In total, you will be in the office for almost an hour-and-a-half, depending on the amount of correction time and post-procedure follow-up.
No, LASIK is painless. With the help of anesthetic eye drops your eye will be numb, so the only thing you might feel during the procedure is a slight pressure. In regards to recovery, you may be prescribed artificial tears and mild pain reliever to relieve any discomfort, dryness, or irritation. To ease your fears about LASIK, we encourage you to talk to one of our optometrists at Boulder Eyes / Beyer LASIK.
In this day and age, LASIK has become one of the most popular elective eye procedures, and it’s going to continue to be in demand because of the range of benefits and the painless experience. LASIK boasts an excellent safety record. At Boulder Eyes / Beyer LASIK, our LASIK technicians are highly skilled and trained to operate with LASIK technology. A precise LASIK treatment will result in improved vision and very low risk of post-procedure complications.
Depending on your surgical provider and which treatment option is selected, the cost of LASIK vision correction can vary. The most advanced laser technology, which eliminates the need for a blade, is more expensive. In the long run, LASIK is an investment that can pay for itself, as patients save on the costs associated with contacts and glasses over time. If you would like to learn more about options and pricing, contact Beyer Laser Center: Boulder Eyes for additional information.
The Intralase system means all-laser LASIK, or iLASIK, and is used for the first step of the procedure. In the early days of LASIK, an instrument called a microkeratome, a hand-held spinning razor blade, was used to create the corneal flap. With all-laser iLASIK this step is performed with a special laser called IntraLase which creates a thinner and more precise flap that enables the tissue to heal much faster and with greater strength. iLASIK also permits more people to have LASIK as it resolves some issues the microkreatome was unable to address.
- Gold standard for LASIK – #1 laser for US Eye Surgeons
- Approved for US military pilots and astronauts (NASA)
- AMO-VISX patent portfolio & FDA approvals exceed ALL other lasers
- WAVEFRONT GUIDED (AMO-VISX) is superior to Wavefront Optimized (Wavelight Allegretto) for aberrated corneas
- FOURIER aberrometer mathematical reconstruction, NOT the less precise Zernike polynomials or simple K values (Wavelight Allegretto)
- VARIABLE SPOT SCANNING (VSS): Variable laser beam sizes from 0.65 mm to 6.5 mm scan cornea. Conserves corneal tissue with faster treatment times
- VARIABLE REPETITION RATE (VRR): Less energy build-up for faster healing
- ACTIVETRAK™ 3-D ACTIVE EYE TRACKING with automatic centering is the first FDA-approved tracker to track eye movements along the X, Y and Z axes.
Advanced Surface Ablation
Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA) is a new alternative for those looking to treat common vision problems such as nearsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness. Advancements in technology now give patients the short recovery time of LASIK with the long-lasting results of ASA.
How does ASA work?
During the ASA procedure, the vision correction is performed right on the surface of the eye, rather than under a flap of the cornea. Excimer lasers are used to reshape the front surface of the cornea, which improves vision. For the next few days following the surgery, a temporary soft contact lens is placed in the eye to help with healing.
ASA vs. LASIK
While the quick recovery and minimal discomfort of LASIK is attractive to many patients, ASA offers better long-term visual quality and is ultimately safer. ASA is also an ideal alternative to LASIK for patients who:
- Are looking to avoid LASIK flap complications
- Have eye pressure problems such as glaucoma or corneal dystrophy
- Have thin corneas
- For comfort, anesthetic eye drops are used.
- The surface of the cornea (epithelium) is removed with an automated brush.
- Laser treatments properly reshape the eye.
- The cornea is then rinsed with a chilled physiologically balanced solution.
- Until the epithelium regenerates, patients will wear a clear bandage contact lens.
Even before LASIK was a popular choice for vision correction, doctors performed photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Although PRK offered superior long-term results when compared to LASIK, it typically caused patients more discomfort and a longer recovery time. With ASA, patients still receive the same long-term results as PRK, but with a faster and more comfortable recovery due to advancements made in surgical methods.
You may be an excellent candidate for ASA if you:
- Are looking to be free from glasses or contacts
- Are over the age of 18
- Have wide pupils
- Have maintained a stable eye prescription for at least a year
- Do not have any health issues that have an effect on your eyes
To find out more information and to determine which treatment option is best for your individual case, call (303) 499-2020 or complete the form below to schedule your consultation.