At Rochester Eye Associates our focus is your vision. We value ourselves in providing optimal patient care where we treat all of our patients like a member of our own family. We understand that this life altering event can be overwhelming. Our goal is to make this experience as comforting, exciting and informative as possible. We offer the best advances in LASIK technology providing you with the highest levels of safety and best chance for crisp clear vision. Our refractive surgeon, Dr. Sara Ferri, completed a fellowship in cornea and laser refractive surgery at the world renowned Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland where she trained under the top leaders and cornea experts in laser vision correction. She is a board certified ophthalmologist and has performed close to a thousand procedures today. We thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to meeting you soon!
LASIK is designed to correct multiple levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism and reduce your reliance on corrective eyewear. It is a surgical procedure using laser energy to reshape the cornea according to the prescription of your eye.
We use an all-laser or bladeless LASIK procedure in which two lasers are used, one laser to create the flap on your cornea and the second to reshape the cornea in order to correct your vision. The first laser, known as the Intralase FS laser, creates a very thin flap on the surface of your cornea in which we lift up like a page in a book exposing the middle layer of the cornea. Next the excimer laser, known as the Technolas laser, is then applied to the middle layer of the cornea to correct your vision with remarkable precision. The flap is then laid back down to its original position.
LASIK Details & Facts:
Candidates for LASIK
18 years old or older with mild to moderate degrees of myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism with stable prescription for over one year and sufficient corneal thickness. The eye must be healthy and free of any eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataract or keratoconus.
Custom LASIK not only treats lower order aberrations (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism) but it also can correct subtle higher order aberrations which can cause problems like poor night vision, glare, halos and shadows. Custom measurements will be taken of your eye with the Zywave aberrometer which will then guide the laser when performing the treatment.
Photorefractive keratectomy, also known as PRK, a predecessor to LASIK, corrects vision just using one laser, the excimer Technolas laser. Instead of accessing the corneal tissue by making a flap (a critical step in LASIK), we remove the superficial layer of the cornea and apply the laser directly to the cornea’s surface. A bandage contact lens is then placed on both eyes to help with the healing process. There is longer healing time and more post-operative discomfort with PRK compared to LASIK, however results are very similar compared to one another. Because PRK does not involve creating of a corneal flap, it eliminates the risk of flap-related complications.
Earning FDA approval in 2005, the Visian ICL, is an implantable collamer lens that is placed behind the iris of the eye through a small incision. It is composed of a material known as collamer that is 100% biocompatible with the body. The surgery is very similar to cataract surgery, however no material is removed from the eye and the corneas original shape is preserved. This procedure is reversible. Since the cornea tissue will not be changed in any way it is possible for the doctor to remove the lens if the patient desires or in rare cases, if the prescription needs to be changed. This procedure is done as an out-patient surgery and is associated with a fast recovery. Risks of this procedure include but are not limited to infection, over and under correction, damage to the natural crystalline lens and increase in eye pressure.
This procedure is optimal for patients who cannot receive LASIK or PRK procedure due high prescriptions or very thin corneas.