What is LASIK?
LASIK, or Laser Assisted in-Situ Keratomileusis, uses FDA-approved technology in a procedure that is a safe and effective option for reducing or eliminating the need for glasses and/or contact lenses among adults with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
In LASIK, the surgeon creates a flap on the surface area of your cornea using a Femtosecond Laser. He/she then lifts the flap and folds it out of the way of the second laser. The surgeon then applies a ultraviolet "cold" laser, called an excimer laser, to the inner corneal surface correcting the vision problems by reshaping the cornea with that laser beam. By reshaping this layer, it allows the eye to focus clearly. After the laser treatment finishes, the doctor re-positions the flap.
What are the advantages of LASIK?
LASIK is an improvement over other methods of vision correction, such as RK (refractive keratectomy) or PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) surgeries. LASIK is performed under a protective layer of corneal tissue aka the '"flap". As a result, there is less surface area to heal, less risk of scarring, less risk of corneal haze, less postoperative discomfort, less postoperative need for medications, and vision returns more rapidly, often within a day or so.
How is LASIK different than PRK?
LASIK and PRK both reshape the center layer of the cornea with a laser. How we get to the center layer is different between LASIK and PRK. LASIK uses a 'flap' to get to the treatment area, while PRK has no flap - it brushes away the out layer of the cornea called the epithelium. The final outcomes are the same with either technique, and the decision whether to do LASIK or PRK is up to the patient, unless corneal thickness is in question. LASIK has a faster recovery time, while PRK provides the benefit of no flap complications.
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CUSTOM Vue LASIK
The Eye Centers of Racine and Kenosha have incorporated technology that is setting a new standard for laser vision correction, CustomeVue (Wavefront). Wavefront technology allows us to measure and address the unique imperfections of each individual's vision and to design treatments that have the potential to deliver even better vision than is possible with glasses or contact lenses.
In CustomVue LVC, a computerized measurement called a Wavescan is performed before the procedure. The Wavescan projects light waves into the eye and collects those light waves as they are reflected back out, providing a detailed map of your vision. This customized treatment pattern programs the laser. The ability to accurately measure higher and lower order aberrations (abnormalities) assists surgeons in addressing vision correction and reduces the incidence of glare and halos.
Wavefront technology was originally developed to reduce distortions in high-powered space telescopes. We use it to detect and measure minor vision distortions known as "higher order aberrations." Just as every individual has a unique set of fingerprints, every eye has its own unique pattern of higher order aberrations. CustomVue allows us to map your "vision fingerprint" and to use that map to design a LVC treatment that is unique to your eye.
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PREMIUM LENS IMPLANTS
Standard Monofocal Lens Implants
Monofocal lensOne of the most important benefits of improved functional vision with the TECNIS® Lens is safety. With compromised functional vision, even patients who have no problem reading the letters on an eye chart can be at a serious disadvantage in low-light situations because they have reduced contrast sensitivity.
The TECNIS® Lens is the only lens with FDA-approved claims for improved functional vision and improved night-driving simulator performance. Good functional vision is especially important when driving at night. Based on night-driving simulator results in a controlled clinical study, the TECNIS® Lens provided improved visibility that may allow for quicker reaction time, which is likely to provide a meaningful safety benefit to elderly drivers. The improvement in functional vision may also improve safety in other low-visibility situations.
In addition to receiving sharp distance vision with the TECNIS® Lens, in many cases your doctor can also correct pre-existing astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery. Ask your doctor if the TECNIS® Lens can rejuvenate your vision.
Crystalens® Lens Implants
We offer Crystalens® lens implants at our Racine and Kenosha offices in Southeastern Wisconsin in order to restore a patient's vision at all distance ranges. Often used after cataract surgery to replace a cloudy lens, Crystalens® is just one of the fine lens implant options that we offer at The Eye Centers of Racine & Kenosha to accommodate your particular eye care needs.
What is Crystalens®?
The result of more than 15 years of research, Crystalens® is single-focus lens implant used to replace the natural lens of the eye following the removal of a cataract. The Eye Centers of Racine & Kenosha are one of only three ophthalmology practices certified to use Crystalens® in the Racine and Kenosha area. We are proud to have such a distinction for using Crystalens® at our offices serving the Racine and Kenosha area.
Approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Crystalens® is both the first and only accommodating intraocular lens implant in the United States. Crystalens® is designed to mimic the eye's natural process of accommodation, the process by which the natural lens of the eye and eye muscles are able to provide a full range of vision.
How does Crystalens® work?
Crystalens® works in conjunction with the ciliary muscle, the focusing muscle in the eye. The ciliary muscle alters the power and focus of the eye's natural lens. When the Crystalens® is placed in the eye, the lens implant's flexible hinges allow the lens to move forward and backward in the eye, accommodating to the contractions of the ciliary muscle. The specially designed hinges of the Crystalens® have undergone extensive testing and have shown no fatigue even after a million cycles.
What results can I expect from Crystalens®?
While results of Crystalens® will vary from patient to patient, the findings of a study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration showed exceptional results. The study found that:
- 98 percent of Crystalens® patients could pass driver's license eye exams, experiencing 20/32 vision or better
- 100 percent of Crystalens® patients had good intermediate vision, allowing them to see their computer monitor or an object at arm's length without the assistance of prescription glasses
- 98 percent of Crystalens® patients had good near vision, allowing them to read numbers in the phone book and newspaper stock quotes without the assistance of prescription glasses
- 93 percent of Crystalens® patients stated they did not require prescription glasses to perform most daily activities
Is Crystalens® right for me?
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for Crystalens® is to visit our offices. We will be happy to discuss all of the eye care options available to you and help you determine the procedure that is best suited to meet your individual needs.
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ReSTOR™ Multifocal Lens Implant
The ReSTOR™ Lens Implant uses apodized diffractive technology — a design that responds to how wide or small the eye's pupil might be — to best provide near and distance vision, but objects at intermediate distances may still be somewhat out of focus. No lens can promise you perfect vision or that you will never have to wear glasses ever again. But in FDA studies with this lens, 80% of patients reported that they never wore glasses after the procedure. When patients did need to wear glasses, most often it was for intermediate distance, for example: piano music, computers that sit further away, top shelves at the supermarket.
Crystalens Lens Implantation Procedure
The Crystalens® procedure is performed in our outpatient surgical area. A number of topical drops will be placed in your eye and you may be administered medications to help you relax. The eye drops anesthetize your eye and dilate your pupil.
Once in the surgery suite, you will lie down on a comfortable bed, a microscope will be positioned over your eye, and you will be asked to look up into the light of the microscope. The actual surgery usually takes less than 15 or 20 minutes. Your lids will be gently held open with a small instrument. You will feel no pain, only slight pressure on your eye. All you have to do is relax and hold still.
The recovery period is usually short. Most patients are able to pursue normal activities almost immediately after surgery. Discuss with your doctor beforehand what to expect before, during, and after the procedure as well as eye drops and postoperative office visits.
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Now, cataract patients with cataracts and astigmatism have another option — the AcrySof Toric Lens, which corrects for both conditions simultaneously. Implanted in the eye to restore vision after cataract surgery, the AcrySof Toric lens implant is an artificial lens specifically designed to provide both spherical and astigmatic correction. We invite you to call to have your questions answered or to make an appointment: (262) 637-0500. Have a question? ASK US Or schedule consultation onlineSCHEDULE CONSULTATION
Learn About Astigmatism
Whether myopic or hyperopic, most eyes have corneal astigmatism to some degree. Corneal astigmatism means that the front part of your eye, the clear window you look through, is not perfectly round. Instead of being spherical like a basketball, an astigmatic cornea is slightly flattened, more oval in shape like a football, with one side steeper than the other
Because the astigmatic cornea is curved more (steeper) in one direction than the other, light entering the eye is refracted differently as it passes through these different areas. This causes light to come into focus at several different points on the back of the eye, rather than ideally coming into focus at just one point.
Depending on the direction and the amount of astigmatism, vision through an astigmatic cornea will be affected in various ways. The illustration (below) gives a broad example of the visual effects, depending on the overall direction of the curve:
Limbal Relaxing Incisions For Astigmatism Correction:
Following cataract surgery, eye surgeons commonly prescribe glasses or contact lenses to correct astigmatism. However, some surgeons will treat corneal astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery through the use of "limbal relaxing incisions" (LRI's). This involves making tiny incisions in the cornea to "relax" or flatten the steeper meridian, thereby causing the corneal curvature to become more rounded, reducing astigmatism.
These long, thin incisions are placed at the very edge of the cornea (known as the corneal limbus) on the steepest meridian, and differ in number and length according to the amount of astigmatism. Relaxing incisions generally do not eliminate corneal astigmatism completely, but rather reduce it to an acceptable level. Because the cornea is living tissue, there may be "over-response" or "under-response" to these incisions. Seldom is corneal astigmatism completely resolved; however, a significant reduction in your astigmatism produces a more satisfactory uncorrected visual result.
Some patients with extreme amounts of astigmatism may still require the addition of limbal relaxing incisions to correct astigmatism after cataract surgery with the AcrySof toric lens. For the patients, with unusually high amounts of astigmatism, implanting the toric lens means that less corneal surgery in the form of a limbal relaxing incision is needed to achieve the same amount of correction.
In the future, the AcrySof Toric Lens Implant will be available in higher powers of astigmatic correction so that even very high amounts of corneal astigmatism can be corrected without the addition of limbal relaxing incisions.
Make your appointment today with The Eye Centers of Racine & Kenosha, to see if the AcrySof Toric lens for the correction of astigmatism is right for you. If you would like further information, please call our office at: (262) 637-0500. Or schedule consultation online.
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