Laser Vision Correction

Laser vision correction uses the excimer laser to reshape the outer layer of the cornea to correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. PRK and LASIK are variations of this procedure.

The Procedure
In preparation for surgery, anesthetic eye drops are administered. Next, a speculum is placed in the eye to keep the eyelids open. The surface cell layer is prepared with an alcohol bath and then gently washed off. While the patient fixes his or her gaze on a target, the laser reshapes the cornea by removing tissue (a process called ablation), which is controlled and closely monitored by Dr. Katz.The ablation usually takes around a minute for each eye, depending on the level of the patientís prescription. Most patients feel no pain during the procedure. After the procedure is complete, the eye is gently irrigated with an ice cold solution and a clear bandage contact lens is placed on the eye. The patient may go home shortly after the procedure, however someone else must drive or alternate transportation must be arranged.

The Recovery
Dr. Katz will prescribe antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops to be used during recovery. He will also schedule several check-up appointments to monitor the healing process, followed by periodic visits over the next several months. Mild to moderate discomfort lasts a few days and is usually easily controlled with over the counter pain medication like Motrin or Advil. Most patients can return to work in a few days. Maximum visual recovery occurs by 4-6 weeks, although good vision is achieved in a few days.

Call for a complimentary consultation to see if you are a candidate.