Laser Correction Surgery
It is estimated that over one million laser vision correction procedures will be performed in the United States in 2001. Individuals who suffer from myopia (nearsightedness) with or without astigmatism or hyperopia (farsightedness) with or without astigmatism will choose laser vision correction as an alternative to contact lenses or eyeglasses.
LASIK is an acronym for Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, literally meaning “to reshape the cornea within using a laser”. An excimer laser removes tissue beneath a thin flap formed with an instrument known as a microkeratome. The microkeratome makes a thin flap in the top third of the cornea, creating a “corneal cap”. The laser is then used to remove a thin layer of tissue from the cornea under the flap. The cap is then returned to its natural position, creating a healthy surface within 24 hours. This re-shaping of the cornea helps the eye focus properly, thus reducing or eliminating the need for contact lenses or eyeglasses. As a result, with LASIK there is less area to heal, less risk of scarring, less risk of corneal haze, less postoperative pain, less postoperative medications, and vision is often improved more rapidly.
Dr. Milano has co-managed many patients who have chosen laser correction. To date, each patient we have referred for surgery has been thrilled with the results. We refer patients to some of the finest surgeons in the country who have impeccable reputations and experience in performing thousands of procedures. Locally we refer patients to Optima. If you are considering this procedure, your first step is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Milano to discuss your eligibility.