What is LASIK?
LASIK stands for Laser-in-situ-keratomileusis. It is a surgery that uses the very sophisticated technology of an excimer laser to gently reshape the cornea. This allows images to be more sharply focused on the retina thereby producing better vision without glasses or contacts.
If you are considering Albuquerque eye surgery, call 505-323-0800 to schedule your free consultation today or contact us online!
What is Z-LASIK?
Da Vinci Z-LASIK is the newest generation of blade-free LASIK technology. The first step in every LASIK procedure is the creation of a thin corneal flap. Z-LASIK lifts the outer corneal surface using a thin pocket of air to separate the corneal surface from the underlying collagen.
How is Z-LASIK different?
Dr. Bernitsky has used blade-free LASIK technology since it’s introduction in the US many years ago, and was the first to introduce Intralase to New Mexico. Da Vinci Z-LASIK represents a significant advancement in blade-free technology in that it is a much more energy efficient femtosecond laser. The change from Intralase to Z-LASIK is a quantum leap from a 60 Hz laser to a 1,000 Hz laser. This improved energy efficiency results in extremely accurate treatments, shorter treatment times, faster visual recovery, and fewer side effects.
The method for lifting the outer corneal surface that was used prior to the approval of blade-free technology involved the use of an instrument called a keratome and blade. Most LASIK complications involve the use of the keratome.
How do I decide on a LASIK surgeon?
Dr. Bernitsky has performed over 20,000 LASIK surgeries in New Mexico, and is one of the physicians in New Mexico to offer his patients the new state-of-the-art blade-free, all-laser LASIK utilizing Alcon WaveLight® technology.
Your physicians credentials are important as well. Dr. Bernitsky is a board certified Ophthalmologist and received fellowship training in Advanced corneal surgery at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. Make sure your surgeon will be available to you before, during and after your surgery. Be sure you speak directly with your surgeon when you have your consultation and make sure your questions are answered to your satisfaction. It’s important to know that your surgeon will be available for your care after your surgery as well. Dr. Bernitsky lives, works, and gives in the Albuquerque community. He will be there for all of your care, before and after your LASIK procedure. Dr. Bernitsky is available 24 hours a day to address your concerns.
Am I a candidate for laser vision correction in Albuquerque?
With today’s sophisticated laser technology most people who currently wear glasses or contacts can benefit from LASIK. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism can all be corrected. You must be at least 18 years of age, and have otherwise healthy eyes. The best way to find out if you’re a candidate for Laser vision correction is to come in for a complimentary consultation. You’ll have the opportunity to meet Dr. Bernitsky, have a very thorough eye exam, and ask all the questions you may have.
Which laser is best for me?
Dr. Bernitsky is one of the only vision correction surgeons to offer the full spectrum of vision correction alternatives including Bladeless LASIK, the Staar Visian ICL implantable contact lens, and RLE refractive lens exchange. While LASIK is a wonderful option for many people, not all people are good LASIK candidates. Having the choice of many different vision correction procedures means you’ll have the procedure that’s the very best for your eyes and visual needs.
What are nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism?
Myopia, or nearsightedness occurs when light rays focus in front of the retina. This will cause you to have trouble seeing objects at a distance, but you may be able to see up close without your glasses. Many people have myopia and astigmatism. The technology options available at Bernitsky Vision can accurately correct even very large amounts of astigmatism.
Hyperopia, or farsightedness occurs when light rays focus behind the retina. This will cause you to have more trouble seeing images up close. Hyperopia can also occur in combination with astigmatism, and both can be corrected with LASIK.
Astigmatism is an irregularity in the shape of the cornea resulting in objects being distorted or blurred at all distances. Even fairly large amounts of astigmatism can be treated with the Bausch and Lomb Technolas laser.
Is LASIK surgery permanent?
Yes. When LASIK is performed on people with stable vision, the results remain stable over long periods of time for most people.
Does LASIK surgery hurt?
The eyes are numbed using anesthetic drops prior to the procedure. There is no pain during the procedure. Most people report some scratchiness or mild discomfort for 1-4 hours after the procedure.
Will I still need reading glasses after LASIK surgery?
If you’re over 45, or currently wearing bifocals or reading glasses over your contacts, chances are you’ll still need reading glasses after LASIK. There is an alternative for some patients with monovision. Dr. Bernitsky will discuss these options with you at the time of your consultation.
What is monovision?
Monovision is a correction in which one of your eyes is corrected for near vision and the other eye is corrected for distance. Monovision is commonly accomplished using contact lenses and can be created surgically with LASIK. Monovision isn’t for everyone, but most people who try it end up loving the freedom from reading glasses that it offers. If you’re interested in learning more, come in for a free consultation.
How much time will I need to be off work?
Most people are able to return to work the day after the procedure. As a convenience many of our patients schedule their procedure on Fridays to allow them the weekend to recuperate. If Friday isn’t the best day for you, we’ll schedule your procedure on a day that’s most convenient for you.
Is LASIK surgery affordable for me?
Yes. We have many financing plans available, and we’ll work with you to find the plan that’s most comfortable for your budget. We a variety of plans including up to 24 months interest free. We accept all major credit cards, cashier’s checks or cash. Contact Care Credit for easy application:
More Vision Correction Questions?
The best way to answer all of your questions is to call and come in for a free consultation. You’ll have a very thorough eye exam, and time to discuss all of your questions with Dr. Bernitsky. Give us a call today at 323-0800, or email us at [email protected].