Because of a well-documented study released in 2011 showing that the LASIK flap never heals, Dr. Gold has abandoned LASIK in favor of the intrinsically safer PRK procedure.
LASIK is a technology to eliminate eye problems such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness, presbyopia, or astigmatism. LASIK is the acronym for Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis
With the application of LASIK, the above mentioned vision deficiencies are treated in an extremely efficient manner with the highest level of precision. While LASIK is a laser procedure, it is quite different from most other laser treatments for the eye. Not only is the surgery performed in fine detail, but the healing is spontaneous. We now unfortunately know that the LASIK flap never fully heals, leaving the eye vulnerable forever to having the flap dislodged by a blow to the eye. Should you ever get hit in the eye following LASIK, you should contact Dr. Gold immediately!
In the LASIK procedure, a flap is created in the front of the eye (cornea) by cutting with a microkeratome. The flap is then folded back to expose the deep layers of the cornea. Laser treatment is then performed using the Excimer Laser on the deeper layers to change the focal point of incoming light rays. The central cornea is flattened to correct nearsightedness, steepened for farsightedness and rounded for astigmatism. The flap is then repositioned and it adheres without the need for stitches, but we now have proof that complete healing never occurs.
Customized Laser Vision Correction utilizes the CustomVue Wave Scan, a sophisticated device to scan the eyes and record all the relevant data that is unique to each eye. Information such as the structure of the eyes and the high and low points of the cornea are all competently registered by this device. The laser is then used to treat each and every point in a very specific manner.
The eye is numbed with anesthetic drops. The eyelids are held open with a special retainer, so the patient does not have to worry about blinking. Movement of the eye is usually not a problem because the patient is motivated to look at the fixation light in the laser and Dr. Gold uses state-of-the-art "tracking" technology. Antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and lubricating drops are used following the procedure.
LASIK Frequently Asked Questions
Custom analysis with the VISX CustomVue System determines several thousand data points of the specific optical system and then treats them accordingly.