Are you ready to free yourself from the restrictions of glasses and contact lenses? With LASIK at Milwaukee Eye Care, you can finally achieve the clear vision you’ve always dreamed of. Our leading technology and experienced LASIK surgeons can help you restore your vision in just minutes. With laser vision correction, you can finally enjoy activities like swimming, golfing, and skiing without the hassle of corrective lenses. Start your journey to better vision today – explore our refractive surgery options and find out how you can get the clear eyesight you deserve!
At Milwaukee Eye Care, we are proud to bring you the highest quality of care when it comes to LASIK, PRK, and laser vision correction. Our specialty-trained LASIK surgeons have been awarded as the Best LASIK Surgeons from Shepherd Express for multiple years running, and are committed to giving you the best vision correction experience. Our advanced technologies and experienced staff will help you explore your vision correction options so you can achieve your best vision. We’re here to help you improve your vision and quality of life. Schedule your consultation today and discover if LASIK is the right fit for you!
Refractive Surgery at Milwaukee Eye Care
Refractive surgery has been performed since the early 1970s with good long term results for correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. With the introduction of lasers for refractive surgery (photorefractive keratectomy or PRK), a new era in eye care began to unfold. Eye surgeons found that the excimer laser procedure combined with the creation of a corneal flap (Lamellar Keratoplasty or LK) was an excellent technique for reshaping the surface of the cornea to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism.
If you’re looking for a precise and fast way to improve your vision, LASIK or PRK may be the solution you need. With LASIK, you can enjoy the accuracy and comfort of laser refractive surgery combined with the convenience of a speedy recovery. And with PRK, you can experience the same results without the need for a corneal flap. At Milwaukee Eye Care, our experienced surgeons can help you determine which procedure is right for you.
LASIK Review for Dr. Jason Edmonds
LASIK Review for Dr. Jason Edmonds
The LASIK Procedure
LASIK is a quick, comfortable procedure that can improve your vision in less than 30 minutes!
Before the procedure, you’ll be given numbing drops to keep you comfortable. Your surgeon will also use an instrument to keep your eyes open. First, a femtosecond laser is used to create a thin flap of corneal tissue. This flap is then lifted and a second laser and WaveLight® technology is used to reshape the cornea and change your prescription. The flap is then gently placed back into position. At the end of the procedure, your surgeon will ask you to read the time on a wall clock to make sure you can already see well.
In the hours that follow the LASIK procedure, you may experience blurry vision, watery, dry, or itchy eyes. These symptoms are normal and improve greatly within 24 hours.
You’ll have a follow-up appointment with your eye doctor the next day, where they will check how the cornea is healing and measure your vision. While it can take a few months for your eye to completely heal and your vision to stabilize, most people can see comfortably enough to drive within a couple of days.
Wavelight LASIK is an advanced LASIK technique available at Milwaukee Eye Care. WavelightLASIK uses all-laser technology, as opposed to a blade, to perform the first step of the procedure, which is the creation of the corneal flap.
Wavelight LASIK provides superior precision and accuracy during LASIK, creating over one million microscopic spots specific to a patient’s eye measurements that form the corneal flap. Wavelight LASIK is commonly considered to provide a safer approach to vision correction.
After the preparation of the flap, a second laser sculpts the corneal tissue of the eye, which corrects visual errors.
What is a Refractive Error?
In normal vision, light enters the eye through the cornea and is focused at a single point on the retina at the back of the eye. With a refractive error, there is a defect in the way light passes through the eye. Light rays do not bend properly to achieve a single focus point. Instead, light rays focus in front of the retina (nearsighted), behind the retina (farsighted), or at two different points (astigmatism). Refractive errors usually result from a defect in the length of the eye or shape of the cornea.
Individuals with myopia or nearsightedness see close objects clearly but distant objects appear blurred.
Myopia is caused by a steeply curved cornea or elongated eye.
Individuals with hyperopia or farsightedness see distant objects clearly but close objects are blurred.
Hyperopia is caused by a short eye.
Astigmatism is caused by an unevenly curved or warped cornea.
Objects at all distances appear indistinct and distorted.
Instead of using heat to alter tissues like other lasers, an excimer laser beam breaks the bonds that link tissues together with only minimal effect on surrounding tissue. These unique properties allow the excimer laser to be used in the LASIK procedure to reshape tissue immediately beneath the surface of the corneal flap. After LASIK, light rays focus more precisely on the retina. A computer, programmed by the specialty-trained LASIK surgeons controls the laser and the reshaping of the cornea.
The procedure is performed while the patient lies on her/his back. As the laser beam expands or moves, a tiny lens-shaped disc is created. The focal point of the beam only penetrates the cornea about two-thousandths of an inch (about half the thickness of a human hair). Only a small area in the center of the cornea is treated. Finally, the corneal flap is replaced (without stitches) and the LASIK procedure is complete.
Is Monovision right for me?
As part of the natural aging process, our eyes gradually lose the ability to focus on near objects. Reading small print or reading in dim light becomes increasingly difficult. This natural loss of reading vision usually begins around the age of forty and progresses into our sixties. This natural, normal aging process of the eye is known as presbyopia. Presbyopia may be dealt with in a number of different ways. Reading glasses or bifocals accommodate this loss of reading vision. Another method of correction, which works well for many individuals, is known as monovision. Most people use contact lenses to achieve monovision; however, monovision is also possible with the LASIK procedure.
With a monovision correction, one eye is corrected for distance vision and the other eye is left slightly under-corrected for reading vision. Since it is your brain rather than your eyes that interprets what you see, your brain is able to selectively focus on the clear image while the blurry image is suppressed. Because both eyes are in constant use, monovision will not cause any harm to your eyes. Your specific visual needs are important to us. Your eye surgeon will discuss the correction options available to you at your pre-operative evaluation. If you are interested in monovision, you may be fitted with monovision contact lenses prior to your surgery to help you and the doctor decide if monovision is right for you. In a small percentage of people, a monovision correction may not be accepted. If this is the case, the eye which was left slightly under-corrected for reading vision may be enhanced to full distance correction. To learn more about options for correction of presbyopia click here.