Live Oak Ophthalmology in Wilmington, North Carolina offers a variety of laser vision correction treatments for a number of problems.
Bladeless LASIK Surgery
LASIK surgery is a popular procedure used to correct the following problems:
All of these conditions are caused by a misshapen cornea that prevents light from being focused properly on the retina. In LASIK surgery, the doctor uses a laser to reshape the patient’s cornea.
In conventional or bladed LASIK surgery, the doctor uses a special scalpel called a microkeratome to cut a thin, hinged flap in the cornea to access the rest. In bladeless LASIK surgery, the surgeon uses a femtosecond laser instead of a scalpel to create the flap.
The ideal candidate for this laser vision correction procedure will be in good overall health with sufficiently thick corneas. Patients who wear contacts will have to stop wearing them at least two weeks before the procedure since contacts can change the cornea’s shape.
A cataract is a condition in which the lens of the eye becomes cloudy and causes vision loss. Most cataracts are associated with aging and are, thus, most common in people over 50 years old. In cataract surgery, the doctor removes the defective lens and replaces it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens or IOL. In some cases, the surgeon is able to kill two birds with one stone and treat astigmatism at the same time.
Bladeless cataract surgery is similar to bladeless LASIK surgery in that the surgeon uses a femtosecond laser to access the lens. Patients who get their cataracts treated early enjoy better results than those who do not. The thicker a cataract is, the harder it is to remove.
Glaucoma is a common form of vision loss that is usually caused by abnormally high pressure within the eye that eventually damages the optic nerve. In many cases, glaucoma can be controlled with eye drops. If those don’t work, the patient will need a procedure. Live Oak Ophthalmology in North Carolina uses a special laser during this laser vision correction procedure.