Our practice offers all laser, blade-free LASIK for superior safety and the utmost in outcomes.
Some of the advantages of all Laser LASIK:
- Reduced incidence of flap complications
- Greater surgeon choice and control over flap diameter and thickness, side cut angle, hinge position and length
- Increased precision with improved flap safety and better thickness predictability
- Capability of cutting thinner flaps to accommodate thin corneas and high refractive errors
- Lesser incidence of dry eyes
We are the only Rockford area practice to offer this blade-free option.
Reasons to consider LASIK:
Astigmatism (irregularly shaped cornea)
Desire to decrease or eliminate dependence on glasses or contacts
Using an excimer laser, Dr. Yoon re-shapes the cornea (the stationary refractive element at the front of the eye) so that images are focused to the correct spot on the retina (the light receptor of the eye). The success rate with this procedure is excellent, with many patients achieving 20/20 vision or better upon completion.
The LASIK procedure itself involves little or no discomfort (or pain) both during the procedure and through the recovery process. Also, eyesight improvement is almost immediate, and maximum vision is typically achieved within a few days.
During the procedure, Dr. Yoon first administers a local anesthetic via eye drops, so the patient will feel no pain during the surgery. A speculum is then placed over the eye to prevent the patient from blinking. Next, Dr. Yoon creates an extremely thin flap from the outer layer of the cornea, using a femtosecond laser or a mechanical microkeratome. The flap is folded to the side, and the excimer laser, programmed with the individual map of the patient’s eye, removes excess tissue with quick pulses of concentrated light. This process usually takes less than a minute. Once this is done, Dr. Yoon folds the flap back into place and surgery is complete.
The patient may go home shortly after the procedure; however, someone else must drive or alternate transportation must be arranged. Patients will be asked to get lots of rest on the day of surgery and avoid eye rubbing. There are follow up appointments with Dr. Yoon one day after surgery and periodically over the following weeks and months. Vision should dramatically improve in the first few days following surgery. The patient often may return to work in a day or two, though it is best to take a few days off to ensure a smooth recovery.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation!