LASIK Reading, Allentown, Lancaster and King of Prussia, PA
Do you suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism? Do you find glasses or contacts cumbersome or uncomfortable and wish you could reduce their prescription or discard them?
If you answered “YES” to either of these questions, you may be a good candidate for LASIK or other vision correction surgery. Before the decision can be made however, you must have an eligibility exam and complimentary consultation. The doctor will ask questions about your medical history and complete a thorough eye exam designed to determine if the procedure is appropriate for your individual case. The doctor will also talk about the benefits, risks, available options and preparation and recovery associated with the surgery to ensure that your goals and expectations are realistic.
Imagine life without glasses or contacts. Activities like hiking, biking, swimming and golf are more convenient because you don't have to worry about losing a contact or breaking your frames. This freedom and comfort is what LASIK can do for you. We are able to treat most types of refractive errors including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism and presbyopia.
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LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is the most commonly performed and well known vision correction surgery. Using an excimer laser, Dr. Chesen re-shapes the cornea (the refractive element at the front of the eye) so that images are focused to the correct spot on the retina (the light receptor of the eye). The success rate with this procedure is excellent. In fact over 98% of Dr. Chesen's patients achieve 20/20 vision.
The LASIK procedure itself involves little or no discomfort both during the procedure and through the recovery process. Also, eyesight improvement is almost immediate and maximum vision is typically achieved within a few days.
LASIK On The Front Lines
Reasons to consider LASIK:
- Nearsightedness (myopia).
- Farsightedness (hyperopia).
- Astigmatism (irregularly shaped cornea).
- Desire to decrease or eliminate dependence on glasses or contacts.
Prior to your procedure, you will be given a mild sedative to help you relax. During the procedure, Dr. Chesen first administers a local anesthetic eye drop, so the patient will feel no discomfort during the surgery. A speculum is then placed over the eye to prevent the patient from blinking. Next, the surgeon creates an extremely thin flap from the outer layer of the cornea. The flap is folded to the side and the excimer laser, programmed with the individual map of the patient’s eye, removes excess tissue with quick pulses of concentrated light. This process usually takes less than a minute. Once this is done, the doctor gently places the flap back into position and the healing process begins immediately.
The patient may go home shortly after the procedure; however, you must arrange transportation as you will not be permitted to drive yourself. Patients will be asked to avoid rubbing the eye for a period of time. There are follow up appointments with the doctor 1 to 3 days after the procedure and periodically over the following weeks and months. Vision should dramatically improve in the first few days following surgery. The patient often may return to work the next day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate?
Yes, if you are at least 18 years old, in good general health and have good eye health with no diseases such as cataracts or glaucoma. Laser vision correction can treat a very broad range of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. In most cases, even patients with the most severe degree of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism can be treated. To find out if laser vision correction is right for you, talk with Dr. Chesen or call and schedule a complimentary consultation at Chesen Laser Eye Center today. At the consultation Dr. Chesen will confirm if you are a good candidate, explain the procedure and answer your questions so that you can make an informed decision. He will explain what results you can reasonably expect by measuring your prescription and examining your eyes.
What kind of results can I expect?
While laser vision correction has proven overwhelmingly successful in reducing dependence on glasses and contact lenses, the degree of improvement may vary among individuals. How well and how quickly your vision improves depends on how well you heal and the severity of your prescription. Over 98% of patients achieve 20/20 vision. This means they no longer need glasses or contacts to drive, play sports, watch movies and TV or participate in careers requiring excellent vision such as police and fire departments. With these remarkable results and an exceptional safety record, laser vision correction is considered the procedure of choice for most suitable candidates.
Will my vision be corrected forever?
People often ask how long the benefits of their procedure will last. Laser vision correction has been commonly performed in many countries around the world since the late 1980's. In addition, many clinical studies have analyzed the long-term effects of the excimer laser on the cornea. Every study performed so far has shown without exception that there are no long-term negative effects of the laser on the eye's integrity or strength. The first nearsighted patient's eye ever treated with laser vision correction was in the United States in 1987. Today, most experts around the world are confident that they will discover no long-term problems with laser vision correction. They also believe, based on the excellent results seen to date, that laser vision correction will remain the most commonly performed refractive procedure in the world. In general, the few patients who require an enhancement procedure.
What does the cost of the procedure cover?
Your surgery fee will include all of your post-operative visits for one year. It will also include a lifetime commitment should you require an enhancement.
We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Financing is available with monthly payments as low as $79.00 per month. NEW! Interest free financing for up to 24 months.
Is laser vision correction covered by insurance or flexible benefits programs?
Some insurance companies do not cover laser correction. We encourage you to check with your insurance provider. In the U.S., if your company has a flexible benefits program, you can usually use this for laser vision correction. Also, we can discuss the many payment options we make available to you.
Who will my doctor be and what will he do?
Dr. Chesen is involved in all three phases of your laser vision correction procedure: the pre-procedure consultation, the laser procedure and post-procedure care.
What will my recovery be like?
Most LASIK patients usually see quite well the day following their procedure and are able to resume most of their normal daily activities, including driving. Although the speed of visual recovery depends on personal healing patterns, most patients notice dramatic visual results the day after their procedure.
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Chesen Laser Eye Center is proud to serve the surrounding communities of Reading, Pottstown, Allentown, Pottsville, Lancaster, and King of Prussia.