Laser Vision Correction

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Quick, Painless and Precise Vision Correction!

In a short time, laser vision correction has become one of the most patient-pleasing and effective procedures in all of medicine. It is certainly one of the most fulfilling and gratifying procedures to be able to perform from a surgeon’s perspective, because the results are so uniformly good, and the procedure is so quick and painless.

In fact, at Weiss Cosmetic & Laser Procedures the results have become so routinely predictable that we consider LASIK to be another type of cosmetic procedure – with added benefits!

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Why trust Dr. Weiss to perform your LASIK eye surgery?

Weiss Cosmetic & Laser Procedures offers the safest, most accurate techniques and instrumentation available in this rapidly advancing field. Our patients also benefit from the years of experience and training of Richard Weiss, M.D., our Medical Director:

  • One of the first surgeons to offer the Ziemer femtosecond laser – currently the most advanced form of “all-laser” LASIK
  • Has been performing vision correction surgery since 1996
  • Conducted original laser vision correction studies at the Beckman Laser Institute (University of California, Irvine) that led to U.S.FDA approval of advanced more accurate method
  • Has educated other surgeons through presentations at national and international meetings
  • Has invented and developed devices that are being used to make these procedures more accurate

Making the decision to have LASIK eye surgery

In most cases, laser vision correction will completely eliminate your dependence on glasses and contact lenses which many patients say gives them a wonderful feeling of freedom. When performed by an experienced LASIK surgeon, like Dr. Weiss, the risks are minimal and the rewards high.

LASIK eye surgery is not, however, a decision to be made lightly. This website is designed to answer most of your questions (check out our FAQ section) and help you understand more about the procedure and the conditions it corrects. It is not intended to take the place of a personal consultation. To find out if you are indeed a good candidate for laser vision correction, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Weiss.

Dr. Weiss on the latest in Laser Vision Correction

How the eye works

The eye is like a camera and the inside back surface of the eye – the thin membrane of the photoreceptive retina -is like the film. The following common conditions can cause the image to focus in front of or behind the retina.

Myopia

With nearsightedness (or myopia),the cornea’s curvature is too steep for shape of the eye, causing light to be focused in front of the retina. This results in distant images appearing blurry.

Hyperopia

In farsightedness (or hyperopia), the shape of the cornea is flatter than normal. The flatness causes light to be focused behind the retina. This, in turn, causes near (and occasionally far) images to appear blurry.

Astigmatism

With astigmatism, the front of the eye is oval-shaped, like a football. This causes light to be focused at multiple points instead of one point on the retina. This results in a certain degree of visual distortion or blurriness at distance and near. Many times, astigmatism makes it difficult or impossible for people to wear contact lenses.

How Does Laser Vision Correction Improve Nearsightedness, Farsightedness, And Astigmatism?

To put it simply, a cool beam of light from the laser gently reshapes the surface of the cornea, making it more like a normal eye. Light can then come into sharp focus at the back of the eye, on the retina, making images clear. First approved by the FDA was photo-refractive keratectomy (PRK), in which the laser acts on the surface of the eye. More recently, LASIK has become popular, where the same laser reshapes the cornea from under a protective corneal flap.

The LASIK (Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis) Procedure

LASIK is currently the preferred method of laser vision correction in the United States today. First, a natural hinged corneal flap is created and folded back, and then the computerized laser removes a precise amount of corneal tissue (the amount of tissue removed is less than one half the thickness of a human hair) to reshape the surface of the eye (the cornea). The protective flap is returned to its original position, acting like a natural band-aid. It’s much like opening a book, taking out a few pages, and then closing the book.

Since the laser treatment is performed within the cornea and not on the surface, the visual recovery is extremely fast (in most cases literally overnight) and there is minimal discomfort. Most people can return to work and even safely drive themselves to the doctor’s office for a routine check-up the very next day.

A Dr. Weiss patient describing his experiences with LASIK

  • LASIK eye surgery can treat near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism
  • The results are more predictable for lower and moderate amounts of refractive error
  • In cases of occasional over- or under-correction, a subsequent enhancement procedure may be performed at which time the flap is folded back again and the laser treatment ‘fine tunes’ the cornea, typically taking less than ten seconds
  • Substantial visual recovery occurs overnight

Future treatment options

Continual progress is being made in the field of refractive vision correction. If you should read anything of interest in a newspaper or magazine, or see something on this subject on television, we invite you to call us with any questions. It is desire and commitment to stay informed on any new developments that will improve our ability to help you care for your eyes or improve your vision.

If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for LASIK or learn more about laser vision correction, please contact us to schedule a private complimentary consultation.