iLASIK is Advanced LASIK
When it comes to your eyes, advanced technology combined with personalized treatment are expected. In fact, your corneas demand it. It’s this individualization that makes iLASIK the treatment Dr. Kent recommends. This technique uses proprietary technology to create an eye map that is 100% unique to your visual system, which provides pinpoint accuracy for the laser treatment which effectively sculpts your prescription onto your cornea.
Personalized Eye Map
Because our eyes are as unique as fingerprints, we each have a distinctive “map.” We capture a 3-D analysis of the imperfections of your eye. Twenty-five times more precise than conventional measurements used for glasses and contact lenses, this system measures and corrects errors that are often not detected, but have an impact on your vision outcome.
We use an ultra-fast iFS® Femtosecond Laser for Step #1 of LASIK. This laser creates a thin flap customized to your unique eye shape, to prepare the cornea for treatment. By separating the collagen bonds in the cornea, we don’t need to use a blade in this critical first step of LASIK.
Excimer Treatment Technology
Based on the digital information from your personalized eye map, an ultra-precise STAR S4® Excimer Laser is used to gently reshape the cornea to the desired curvature. When the flap is put back into place, you’re about 24 hours away from amazing vision!
Does LASIK Hurt?
We use special eye drops that numb your eyes before the procedure. You may feel a slight amount of pressure on your eye as we prepare the cornea, but no pain. Afterwards, we ask you to go home and sleep so they eye gets off to a great start with healing. No reading, or looking at computer screens for that first 24 hours. Watching TV or napping are fine. You may experience some scratchiness or light sensitivity for the first few days, but this is completely normal. You should be seeing well enough the next morning to drive yourself in for your post-op visit.
Can LASIK Fix Astigmatism?
iLASIK can help some types of astigmatism. During your consultation, we will let you know if your astigmatism can be corrected.
How Much Does iLASIK cost?
The cost varies by patient, depending on the specific procedure and technology chosen. We will give you specific pricing during your free consultation.
LASIK is considered an elective procedure, so most insurance companies will not cover its cost. However, some plans have become more generous with their coverage, or your employer may offer a specific benefit. Check with you carrier to be sure.
PRK vs. LASIK
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a type of laser vision correction, very similar to LASIK, but with a different first step. Instead of making a protective flap with a laser, there is no flap. This treatment is often used for people with thin or irregular corneas.
Then, just as with LASIK, the cornea is sculpted with the excimer laser to permanently reshape the cornea. PRK can take a bit longer to heal from (1 week for comfortable vision, 1 month for crisp vision), but provides the same long-term results as LASIK.