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.
Watch a short informational video about LASIK eye surgery. Dr. Sara Ferri of Rochester Eye Associates explains what you can expect when receiving LASIK surgery.
Our Focus is Your Vision
We offer the BEST advances in refractive surgery, providing you with the highest levels of safety and crisp, clear vision! We value ourselves in providing optimal patient care and making the entire experience as informative and comfortable as possible!
LASIK Fact or Fiction:
Everyone is a candidate for Lasik!
Fiction: Not everyone is a candidate for Lasik surgery. There are many factors that we take into account when determining if you are a candidate for Lasik surgery. We do a very in depth evaluation at your consultation to find out if Lasik is right for you!
Lasik is painful!
Fiction: Lasik surgery is essentially painless! Most patients describe the lasers that are used as brief “pressure.” Numbing drops are used prior to your procedure. A mild sedative is also given prior to the laser to help you relax. You will experience a “sandy” or a “gritty” sensation after your procedure that is usually relieved with Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
I will never need glasses again!
Fiction: Our goal is to keep your out of glasses for as long as possible; however, your eyes change over time. The calendar year for your need for reading glasses does not change regardless of having Lasik or not, which means you will need reading glasses in the future. It is very likely that over the counter reading glasses will be sufficient when that time comes.
All Doctors are the same. It does not matter who does my surgery!
Fiction: It is essential that you do your research prior to finding the right surgeon for you! Success records and visual outcomes are great indicators of your surgeon’s skills. Lasik centers that “cut the cost” may possibly “cut the care.” Make sure that your eyes are getting the care they deserve!
Lasik can cause you to go blind!
Fiction: Lasik is a safe and elegant procedure. Serious complications are rare and there have been no known cases of blindness caused from Lasik surgery.