In the world of vision health, LASIK is arguably one of the most important breakthroughs in the past century. Martin L. Fox, MD, FACS of Laserfox has performed over 20,000 LASIK procedures for people in and around New York City, eliminating their dependence on corrective lenses. LASIK delivers immediate and long-lasting results, correcting most standard vision problems. To explore your LASIK possibilities, call or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.
LASIK, or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is a procedure designed to reduce your dependence on glasses or corrective lenses.
To create an image on your retina, your eye focuses light through your cornea and crystalline lens. With LASIK surgery, Dr. Fox corrects the optical characteristics of each of your corneas, enabling them to focus light more precisely.
When Dr. Fox performs a LASIK procedure, he makes use of a custom wavefront-derived system called iDesign to create LASIK treatments that are 500% more accurate than any prior technology. iDesign custom treatments can even correct your vision beyond what you saw with glasses or contact lenses.
LASIK surgery can correct several vision problems, including:
During your LASIK procedure, Dr. Fox uses an excimer laser to reshape your cornea. To gain access to the area, Dr. Fox first uses a femtosecond laser (IntraLase FS®) to create a precise, customized, microscopically hinged flap, measuring just 100 microns in thickness. How small is that? A human hair’s thickness is about 75 microns.
Dr. Fox then gently lifts the flap and begins the custom-calculated excimer laser treatment to reshape the characteristics of your cornea to allow for better focusing.
If your cornea is too thin to fully correct your vision, Dr. Fox recommends a photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) procedure and applies the laser energy directly to your cornea without creating a flap.
The majority of patients will have a two-hour period of eye discomfort, and Dr. Fox recommends that you rest before starting your postoperative drops. You’ll also wear protective plastic shields at bedtime.
For most people, their vision is excellent the day after surgery, which means you can get back to your normal routine in just one day. PRK patients typically experience irritation for 48-72 hours and usually require five to seven days for their vision to clear adequately before they can get back to their normal activities.
If you’d like to explore whether you’re a good candidate for LASIK surgery, call Dr. Fox or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.