WHAT IS LASIK?
Our board-certified ophthalmologists at The Eye Center of Central PA have many years of combined experience performing some of the most state-of-the-art refractive surgery techniques, including bladeless LASIK. LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is the most sought-after refractive procedure in the ophthalmology field today. Hundreds of thousands of adults around the globe have had this transformative procedure and enjoy the benefits of their improved vision. Laser vision correction surgery is safe, FDA approved, and can reduce or completely eliminate myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism by changing the shape of the cornea, which will allow light to focus directly onto the retina and produce clearer vision. Just a few perks of LASIK surgery are that it is remarkably quick, nearly pain-free, and provides long-term outcomes.
At The Eye Center of Central PA, our goal is to help each of our patients attain their best vision. We understand that good eyesight can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life. Schedule a free consultation with one of our board certified surgeons to find out if LASIK could be the ideal solution for you. With LASIK vision correction, you could be one step closer to reducing or even eliminating your dependency on glasses and contact lenses.
WHO CAN GET LASIK EYE SURGERY?
Ideal candidates for LASIK vision correction are at least 18 years of age, in good general health, and with a stable prescription. Certain eye disorders or other medical concerns could impact a person's eligibility for LASIK; however, other refractive procedures, including photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), might still be an option.
"Dr. Hartzell is a miracle worker as far as I'm concerned! In just 2 years my eye sight had gotten extremely bad. I couldn't read anything without glasses. I wanted lasik surgery to eliminate glasses and correct my bad vision. My night vision was also terrible, it was like everyone had their high beams on. After my eye exam I found out I had cataracts. I never expected that! I was very scared about surgery. Every one there was so kind and professional. Dr. Hartzell removed the cataracts and my sight is unbelievable!!! I actually read my fortune cookie at PF Changs and amazed my family. I would encourage anyone thinking eye surgery to call the Eye Center and ask for Dr. Hartzell!"- L.M. / Yelp / Apr 23, 2019
"I had LASIK surgery with Dr. Hartzell and it was perfect. He explains the procedure, and his staff makes the whole process easy. I was thinking of going out of the area, but I'm glad I chose Dr. Hartzell."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Apr 22, 2017
"Dr. Hartzell is a miracle worker as far as I’m concerned! In just 2 years my eye sight had gotten extremely bad. I couldn’t read anything without glasses. I wanted lasik surgery to eliminate glasses and correct my bad vision. My night vision was also terrible, it was like everyone had their high beams on. After my eye exam I found out I had cataracts. I never expected that! I was very scared about surgery. Every one there was so kind and professional. Dr. Hartzell removed the cataracts and my sight is unbelievable!!! I actually read my fortune cookie at PF Changs and amazed my family. I would encourage anyone thinking eye surgery to call the Eye Center and ask for Dr. Hartzell!"- L.M. / Yelp / Apr 23, 2019
HOW IS LASIK DONE?
At The Eye Center of Central PA, LASIK procedures are performed in our LASIK Suite at our Muncynlocation. LASIK is a surprisingly fast procedure, taking about ten minutes from start to finish. To begin, the patient's eyes are completely numbed using eye drops to ensure comfort is maintained. Next, the surgeon will place a lid speculum on one eye, while the other is covered with a plastic shield. A lid speculum is a small, comfortable device used to keep the eye open and prevent blinking. Once the eye is secured, the corneal tissue is loosened with tiny pulses of laser light to form a layer of microscopic bubbles just beneath the surface of the cornea. The surgeon will gently lift this flap, use the excimer laser to reshape the cornea, and then reposition the flap back into place. The flap bonds into place without the need for stitches. For most patients, their vision meets the legal driving requirements the very next day without the aid of glasses or contact lenses
Following LASIK vision correction, patients are given discharge instructions, as well as instructions for using prescription eye drops, used to promote healing, after surgery. Patients are then sent home to rest. As the numbing drops wear off, patients’ eyes may water which can cause a stinging or burning sensation. This is normal, but can be uncomfortable. Taking a nap is the most effective way to get through the hardest part of the recovery period and avoid rubbing the eyes.
Many patients notice sharper vision directly following the procedure while some patients may have blurred vision for about a day or so. In most cases, eyesight is dramatically improved within a day, and the clarity will continue to improve and stabilize throughout the ensuing few months. Many individuals notice fluctuations in vision, as well as halos around lights and glares throughout the healing process. These side effects are very common and will typically dissipate over time.
It is extremely important for LASIK patients to attend follow-up appointments after their procedure. At The Eye Center, patients are seen at one day, one week and one month following surgery. Follow-ups also occur at three months, six months and one year.
ALTERNATIVES TO LASIK VISION CORRECTION
Those who aren't good candidates for LASIK may be eligible for a different vision correction option, including PRK or Refractive Lens Exchange.