WHAT IS LASIK?
Our board-certified ophthalmologists at The Eye Center of Central PA have many years of combined experience performing 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 precisely altering the curvature 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 mission is to help each of our patients attain their best, clearest vision. We understand that good eyesight can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life and that achieving your sharpest sight possible can help with everything. Schedule a visit to our Central PA office at your earliest convenience to get an assessment from a highly trained ophthalmologist and learn if LASIK could be the ideal solution for you. With LASIK eye surgery, you could be one step closer to reducing or even eliminating your dependency on glasses and contact lenses.
WHO CAN GET LASIK EYE SURGERY?
With revolutionary innovations being made with LASIK techniques, a rising number of men and women may be eligible for the procedure. For patients who were once told that LASIK was not a viable option for their vision, this treatment may be worth looking into again. Only a skilled ophthalmologist can properly determine whether an individual is an ideal candidate for LASIK, but there are a few rules of thumb that are true for most patients. For one thing, individuals need to be a minimum of 18 years of age to be considered for the surgery. Additionally, it's essential that the person has enough corneal thickness. Lastly, certain eye disorders or other medical concerns could impact a person's eligibility for LASIK; however, other refractive surgeries, including photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), might still be a potential 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
HOW IS LASIK DONE?
At The Eye Center of Central PA, LASIK is a surprisingly fast and precise vision correction surgery. A majority of patients don't even feel any discomfort during the procedure. Typically, this surgery takes fewer than ten minutes from start to finish. To start off, the patient's eyes will be completely numbed with eye drops to ensure their comfort is maintained. Following this, a suction ring will be put on top of each eye to prevent blinking. Once the eye is secured, we will use the advanced laser technology to create a microscopic corneal flap. We will then gently fold the flap upward and use the laser to change the shape of the underlying corneal tissue. As soon as this is finished, we will adjust the corneal flap back into its correct location, which will self-heal without the need for stitches. Most individuals who receive LASIK can notice improved vision within a day or two.
Right after the procedure is completed, it is best for patients to go directly home and keep their eyes closed for a few hours. This is necessary because soon after the surgery when the numbness begins to go away, patients may start to feel like there is dirt in their eyes, as well as some stinging. These feelings may lead to a severe urge to blink or scratch the eyes, and this is particularly dangerous for them right after surgery. Taking a nap is the most effective way to keep from blinking during this hardest part of the recovery period. It is vital not to rub the eyes at all for 7 – 14 days as they heal.
Many patients notice sharper vision directly following the surgery while some patients report 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 spells of fuzzy vision, as well as see rings around lights and glares throughout the healing process. These side effects are very common and will typically dissipate after five months.
Our ophthalmologists always ask our Central Pennsylvania patients to attend a handful of follow-up appointments so they can monitor their continued recovery process. LASIK patients will also need to use prescription and moisturizing eye drops for several weeks after their surgery.
Long-Term Clear Vision Today
Remarkable advancements in LASIK technology are giving a growing number of men and women the chance to receive laser refractive surgery. If you were told years ago that you weren't suitable for LASIK, schedule an evaluation at The Eye Center of Central PA to learn if you could now be a candidate. Those who aren't good candidates for LASIK may be eligible for a different vision correction option, including PRK. Our team is here to provide patients across Central PA with their most precise vision.