Learn About LASIK with Missouri Eye Institute
Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2012
By 417 Magazine
Melinda Connell, Missouri Eye Institute
A closeup of a laser in use during LASIK vision correction surgery at Missouri Eye Institute
Are you experiencing vision problems and want to know if LASIK vision correction surgery is right for you?
According to Dr. Dan Osborn of Missouri Eye Institute, if you answer “yes” to each of these questions, you may be a good candidate for LASIK:
• I am at least 18 years old.
• I have nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism.
• My vision has been stable, with little to no change in prescription, for the past year.
• I do not have glaucoma or cataracts.
• I have not had an eye infection or injury in the past year.
• I do not have a chronic disease such as diabetes.
• My autoimmune system is in good general health.
• I am not pregnant or nursing.
To further determine if a patient is a candidate to have LASIK surgery, the doctors at Missouri Eye Institute conduct a thorough consultation using the most advanced technology available. After the examination, a Missouri Eye Institute surgeon explains the appropriate procedures available and makes sure the patient is aware of the risks, benefits and realistic expectations for improved eyesight.
The ophthalmologists at the Missouri Eye Institute use the bladeless LASIK vision correction surgery option to correct nearsightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. Missouri Eye Institute was the first to introduce the bladeless LASIK surgery in the Ozarks.
“The bladeless surgery performed at Missouri Eye Institute requires two lasers,” Dr. Osborn said, “One to cut a flap on the top surface of the eye and another to laser the area just below the surface. The surgeon then carefully folds the top flap back on top of the lasered area of the eye and smoothes out the surface.”
The surgery only takes 15 minutes and the patient leaves with immediate improved vision.
The reason why the bladeless LASIK surgery is preferred at Missouri Eye Institute is because it reduces patient’s fears and anxieties about the procedure, offers the patient an increased peace of mind, there is minimal pain during and after surgery, the laser offers a more precise size and thinness of the initial corneal flap, the procedure eliminates the risk of potential blade-related complications, it takes optimal time for a patient’s vision to recover and it improves patient satisfaction.
“What is completely remarkable about this is that the healing is almost instantaneous and as long as you are careful not to disturb that small layer of eye covering the lasered area, recovery is quick and painless.” Dr. Osborn said. “Vision enhancement is immediate.”
The cost of LASIK should not be a factor as to improve one’s vision or not, that is why Missouri Eye Institute has financing options available for patients.
You shouldn’t hesitate to enhance your life by enhancing your vision.
For more information, visit Missouri Eye Institute's page here.