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i-LASIK & Laser Eye Surgery
Many people in Lake Charles who are tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses seek the help of the refractive surgeons at Falgoust Eye Medical & Surgical. Refractive surgery improves vision by correcting refractive errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. A significant percentage of patients enjoy uncorrected 20/20 vision or better after their procedure.
Refractive surgery is performed by Falgoust Eye surgeons using an excimer laser in the form of PRK (photorefractive keratomeilusis) or LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomielusis), the goal being to reshape the cornea to reduce the need for corrective lenses. LASIK has helped millions of people look beyond their glasses and contact lenses.
The LASIK Procedure
During the LASIK surgical procedure, our surgeons correct your vision by reshaping the cornea (clear front part of the eye) with an excimer laser. The first step in the surgery is creation of a flap. This is a partial thickness flap of the cornea that is created in one of two ways. The traditional method uses a microkeratome – a small, sharpened blade.
After the flap is created, it is reflected back and the excimer laser is applied to reshape the cornea. After this the flap is put back in place without stitches and most people return to their normal activities within 24 hours with their vision corrected.
Wavescan technology is utilized to map even the tiniest imperfections of the cornea, and allows your surgeon to perform a customized treatment specifically for your eyes. Just like your fingerprint and DNA, the information fed into the laser is unique to your eyes only. Each of your eyes will receive its own custom laser procedure, with no two custom procedures in the world being identical. The excimer laser used is the VISX with CustomVue™ technology.
The i-LASIK Procedure
i-LASIK is a newer technique is performed at Falgoust Eye Medical & Surgical using only the IntraLase femtosecond laser. This is a truly bladeless surgery, which has been termed “i-LASIK.” This method has recently risen in popularity and is being used by a majority of refractive surgeons around the country. It allows better flap adhesion strength that reduces the potential problem of a shifted flap after LASIK. This finding prompted the US Navy, US Air Force, and NASA to use only All-Laser i-LASIK for its sailors and aviators. It is the method that we employ at Falgoust Eye Medical & Surgical in Lake Charles, allowing people in southwest Louisiana to benefit from the same technology afforded to our armed forces.
i-LASIK is performed on an outpatient basis, and although you will need to be present for up to a few hours, the procedure itself only takes 20-30 minutes. Anesthetic eye drops are administered, so you remain awake and comfortable. Afterwards you are sent home to take a nap.
Bladed LASIK has the advantage of being less expensive to perform and therefore can be offered at a lower fee. However, it is our goal to bring our patients at Falgoust Eye in Lake Charles the best care available, and we encourage our patients to be more concerned about the safety, outcomes, and technology rather than saving a few dollars for a lifetime of vision.
PRK vs LASIK
Photorefractive keratectomy was the first type of laser eye surgery for vision correction and is the predecessor to the popular LASIK procedure. Though PRK recovery takes a bit longer than recovery from LASIK eye surgery, PRK is still commonly performed and offers advantages over LASIK for some patients.
The main difference between PRK and LASIK is the first step of the procedures.
In LASIK, a thin flap is created on the cornea with a microkeratome or a femtosecond laser. This flap is lifted to expose the underlying corneal tissue and is replaced after the cornea is reshaped with an excimer laser.
In PRK, the thin outer layer of the cornea (epithelium) is removed and discarded prior to reshaping the underlying corneal tissue with an excimer laser. The epithelium repairs itself (grows back over the corneal surface) within a few days after surgery.
For more information about PRK pros and cons, you can click here
Isn’t It Expensive?
The number one thing that most patients want to know right off the bat is what the procedure will cost. It’s also the most common reason why a patient is hesitant to have their vision corrected. But for most patients, the procedure winds up being cheaper than contacts in the long run! Click here for a link to a contact lens cost calculator. Just input your age and a little bit of information about your contacts, and it’ll tell you how soon the procedure is paying for itself. And all the while, you’re free from the hassles of contacts and glasses.
Interested in what LASIK surgery variants generally cost around the country? You can click here for helpful and thorough information about pricing, and we are more than happy to discuss payment options and financing with you over the phone as well. One of our goals is to be as transparent with pricing as possible, and we want you to have all the information to ensure yourself that our prices are competitive even while using the most advanced technology available.
Consultations are Free!
For any questions or to schedule a consultation, please visit our contact page or simply call us at 337-477-0963. LASIK consultations can be scheduled at your convenience and are FREE at Falgoust Eye. During a consultation visit, our staff will perform the tests needed for the doctor to determine if you are a good candidate, and we will also be happy to answer any questions about LASIK that you may have.