Laser Vision Correction
At Bernitsky Vision, we specialize in providing comprehensive vision care for the Albuquerque community. Dr. Patrick Chan is highly experienced in advanced LASIK techniques and offers a range of laser vision correction procedures. Learn how LASIK works and why you can trust Bernitsky Vision.
What Is LASIK?
LASIK is a refractive laser eye surgery that can correct a number of vision issues in order to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. LASIK is a popular and well-studied procedure that has been performed on over 11 million patients in the United States. At Bernitsky Vision, we offer traditional LASIK as well as blade-free, all-laser LASIK and we take a personalized approach to ensure that each patient receives the vision care and procedure that best suits their vision needs. LASIK is an excellent option for many people, but for patients who are not candidates for LASIK, we offer several LASIK alternatives, including PRK, RLE, and ICL.
How Does LASIK Work?
To best understand LASIK, it is helpful to have a basic idea of how vision works. The human eye filters light in order to see objects. In a normal eye the cornea, a clear dome-shaped structure, helps to focus the light rays which are passed through the lens and onto the retina. Vision correction is needed when the structures of the eye do not focus light precisely on the retina.
LASIK eye surgery works by gently reshaping the cornea to redirect light. The first step in LASIK involves the creation of a corneal flap, which is folded back, giving the surgeon access to the underlying tissues of the eye. This flap is created using a special blade called a microkeratome, or a more advanced approach utilizing an all-laser, blade-free technique. The next step of LASIK surgery reshapes the collagen portion of the cornea using a computer-directed excimer laser. Dr. Bertinsky uses the WaveLight®️ EX500 Excimer Laser. After the Excimer laser treatment, the corneal flap is laid back down, acting as a natural bandage as the eye heals.
LASIK is a relatively quick procedure and numbing drops are used to ensure the patient is comfortable during surgery.
What Can LASIK Treat?
LASIK can treat several different types of refractive errors. A refractive error simply means that the shape of the eye does not bend light correctly, resulting in blurred vision and the need to wear glasses or contact lenses. Advances in LASIK technology mean that LASIK can correct a greater range of vision with extraordinary precision.
LASIK at Bernitsky Vision can correct:
- Myopia – Myopia, or nearsightedness, occurs when the shape of the cornea causes light to be refracted in front of the retina resulting in the inability to see distant objects clearly.
- Hyperopia – Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is the inability to see objects at close distance. This occurs when the shape or condition of the cornea results in light being focused behind the retina.
- Astigmatism – Astigmatism refers to a distortion in sight that is caused by an imperfection in the lens of the eye. With astigmatism, vision may be blurry at all ranges of vision.
Patients have many different reasons for choosing LASIK. Some seek laser vision correction for the convenience it can bring to a busy or active lifestyle, and others may be interested in reducing dependence on glasses for aesthetic reasons. Whatever results you are seeking, rest assured that studies show over 98% of patients are satisfied with their LASIK results. Patients typically experience improved vision the same day as their LASIK procedure. Dr. Chan has helped many patients achieve 20/20 vision or better.* Learn more about what to expect from your LASIK procedure and recovery.
Benefits of LASIK
- Enjoy newfound freedom while swimming, working out, or playing sports
- Simplify your morning routine and save time
- Save money on glasses and contacts
- Worry less about lost contact lenses or misplaced glasses
- Feel confident in your appearance with LASIK
Who Is A Good Candidate For LASIK?
The best way to learn if you are a candidate for LASIK is to schedule a consultation with an experienced laser vision surgeon. During your consultation, Dr. Chan will assess multiple factors to help you determine if LASIK is right for you. The best LASIK results are achieved in patients with good general eye health and those needing mild to moderate correction. If LASIK is not the best option for you, Dr. Chan can help you determine if another vision correction procedure may be suitable. Learn more about what makes a good LASIK candidate.
Why Choose Bernitsky Vision For LASIK in Albuquerque?
- Skilled, Local LASIK Surgeon – Dr. Patrick Chan is a New Mexico native and an Albuquerque local who has performed over 20,000 LASIK surgeries and is committed to providing high-quality vision care to our community.
- Experienced, Caring Staff – Everyone who works in our office shares a dedication to creating a professional and patient-friendly environment that exceeds expectations.
- Personalized Attention – Dr. Chan meets with each patient personally and takes the time to learn about your lifestyle, medical history, and vision goals in order to customize your treatment plan.
- Advanced Technology – We work to stay abreast of the latest developments in vision care and we utilize advanced LASIK technology for optimal results.
- Flexible Payment Options – We strive to make LASIK affordable for Albuquerque residents by offering a variety of budget-friendly payment options.