In the past 25 years, more than 10,000,000 people around the world have chosen LASIK or a related laser vision correction procedure to eliminate their need for contacts and glasses. LASIK is one of many available options for reducing or eliminating your dependence on glasses or contacts.
The cornea is the outermost layer of the eye. In LASIK eye surgery, a corneal flap is created, either with a fine, automated instrument called a microkeratome or with a laser (called Bladeless LASIK).
Then, in a very short procedure (less than 15 minutes), the laser makes corrections to the tissue on the surface of the cornea. By correcting the steepness of the cornea, we can change the way light is focused in the eye and eliminate the need for contacts and glasses. Of all the procedures recommended by the 5th Avenue Eye Center, LASIK is most popular with patients.
The terms Bladeless LASIK, IntraLASIK, non-cutting laser procedures, and flap-less LASIK are all different names or variations of the primary laser vision correction procedures. Some LASIK surgeons believe that Bladeless LASIK is safer because the flap is cut with a laser instead of a blade. Others believe that it’s much safer to avoid the flap altogether (non-cutting or flap-less procedure). There is no right answer for every patient.
At 5th Avenue Eye Center, we believe that there is no single procedure that is best for everyone.
Limiting patients to only one type of procedure may be most profitable, but it is not medically sound. The type of procedure that’s right for you needs to be chosen individually, after a detailed examination of your eyes. The success of these procedures depends largely on how suitable the procedure is for your unique eyes, based on factors such as your corneal thickness and prescription. Before making any decision, you should carefully evaluate ALL of your options with a cornea and refractive surgeon who specializes in laser vision correction.
Dr. Ilan Cohen is an expert in laser vision correction and will help you navigate the options for LASIK New Jersey and New York, and will personally determine which procedure would be best suited to your individual lifestyle and unique prescription.
For patients who are not candidates for LASIK, there is a safe surgical alternative that eliminates the laser altogether – Visian ICL, also known as the Implantable Contact Lens or Implantable Collamer Lens. This innovative procedure offers advanced lens technology, safety, reversibility, and perfect vision after just 15 minutes. Many experienced surgeons believe that Visian ICL actually surpasses LASIK in terms of the quality of vision obtained, and it corrects your vision without destroying any delicate corneal tissue. Even the U.S. military has used this procedure to help soldiers achieve superior visual clarity.
Unfortunately, many “commercial” LASIK and LASEK centers have lost sight of the patient in their pursuit of financial gains. By promoting only one procedure, they have lost the surgical skills necessary to do the right procedure for the right patient. So, before you commit to one procedure, get a second opinion and stay away from the heavily advertised “assembly-line” LASIK centers. When you think the prices sound too good to be true, they usually are!
Make sure that your surgeon is fellowship trained in both Cornea and Refractive surgery, which means that they have the expertise to do more than just LASIK, LASEK and PRK. Don’t risk your eyesight with a poorly trained surgeon or with doctors who use old, substandard technology and equipment.
Aside from the most advanced laser technology and extensive experience, Ilan Cohen MD can assist you with your decision about LASIK New York and LASIK New Jersey. Schedule a consultation, send us an email, phone us today at (212) 764-2020 or (866) 731-3937, or visit us in person!