Laser Vision Correction
Laser vision correction refers to a group of minimally invasive procedures that reshape the cornea with laser energy to correct Nearsightedness (myopia), Farsightedness (hyperopia) and Astigmatism. Laser vision correction procedures help patients eliminate the need for eyeglasses and contact lenses. By reshaping the cornea, these procedures change the way that the eye focuses light, allowing you to enjoy clear vision.
Dr. Jayrag Patel did his Cornea & Refractive Surgery Fellowship at the world-renowned New York Eye & Ear Infirmary in Manhattan, New York. He is on the Cornea Service at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, where he operates and instructs the residents.
To see if you are a candidate and which procedure is best for you, simply make an appointment for a FREE evaluation. You will be personally examined by Dr. Jayrag Patel and given an in depth evaluation. Unlike high-volume LASIK “factories,” we take the time to ensure that every patient receives the best care and attention. We don’t pressure our patients into undergoing a procedure that isn’t right for them.
Am I a candidate?
Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK. When you come in for an evaluation, your eyes will be examined to determine whether LASIK or another refractive procedure is appropriate for you, and whether you are at risk for any complications.
The ideal LASIK candidate:
- Is over 18 years old;
- Has had stable vision for at least six months;
- Has a healthy cornea thick enough for a flap;
- Has refractive error(s) that fall within the treatable range;
- Does not have a disease or condition that could impair the procedure or healing process;
- Has been educated about the procedure including its risks and benefits.
- Understands that the goal of surgery is to improve vision and reduce dependence on glasses and contact lenses.
During your consultation, your surgeon will review your eyesight and discuss whether LASIK is right for you.
Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a safe, reliable and painless way to improve vision by changing the way light is bent, or refracted, as it passes through the cornea, so that it properly focuses on the retina and allows objects to be seen clearly.
During the LASIK procedure, the surgeon creates a thin flap in the surface of the cornea with a device called a microkeratome blade. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia. The corneal flap is then lifted and an excimer laser beam reshapes the cornea’s curvature to improve vision. Finally, the flap is closed and covered with a protective contact lens. The entire procedure takes about 15 to 30 minutes per eye.
Custom LASIK, also known as wavefront LASIK, is quickly becoming the new standard in laser vision correction as it offers the most accurate, individualized results for each patient. This FDA-approved procedure uses three-dimensional measurements of the eye to help guide the laser as it reshapes the cornea and corrects your vision.
Custom LASIK lets patients benefit from a higher chance of achieving 20/20 vision, with many patients achieving vision that is better than 20/20, a feat often unachievable with traditional LASIK, glasses, or contacts. Custom LASIK also reduces the risk of poor night vision and glare, side effects that are common with traditional LASIK.
IntraLase® has redefined the world of LASIK vision correction.
Also known as bladeless LASIK, the IntraLase® all-laser procedure eliminates the need for a metal blade during surgery, helping bring clear vision to many people who feel uneasy about going “under the knife” during LASIK.
The state-of-the-art IntraLase® technology replaces the microkeratome blade that has traditionally been used to cut the necessary corneal flap during laser vision correction procedures. Rather than creating the flap with a blade, IntraLase® uses laser energy to make a quick, painless incision.
Photorefractive keratectomy(PRK) provides the surgeon with greater control over the location and amount of tissue being removed, allowing patients to enjoy a much more accurate treatment. The PRK method involves gently sculpting the cornea rather than cutting, allowing your surgeon to treat greater degrees of nearsightedness, as well as farsightedness and astigmatism.
Before LASIK was available, PRK was the most commonly performed refractive surgery procedure. LASIK brought about several advantages over PRK, including less discomfort and faster results, but PRK is still preferred for patients with large pupils or thin corneas.