Imagine being able to wake up and see the clock, play sports, drive a car, or go to a movie without glasses or contact lenses. This freedom is possible with Laser Vision Correction. LASIK is the most technologically advanced method in the world for correcting your vision. It has been performed since 1987 and has been shown to produce very predictable, stable results. The excimer laser uses a cool beam of light to gently reshape the front surface of the eye, the cornea. The laser is so accurate that it can remove 39 millionths of an inch of tissue in 12 billionths of a second without damaging surrounding cells.
Dr. Tripp has performed over 17,000 LASIK and/or PRK procedures since 1996. Dr. Tripp is the surgeon at Pearl Street Eye.
All of our procedures are performed using the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q laser to reshape the cornea. This laser offers the best results of any FDA approved excimer laser. We also use the Ziemer FEMTO LDV laser to create corneal flaps. This means we can offer 100% blade free LASIK. This greatly reduces complications and allows us to treat patients who were previously not candidates for LASIK.
What to Expect with Lasik
The goal of laser vision correction is to reduce the dependence on glasses or contacts. Most people achieve 20/20 vision or within 1-2 lines of 20/20 on the eye chart and can pass a driving test. A small percentage of people may require a thin pair of glasses for night driving. Patients over 40 can expect to need reading glasses after LASIK because it does not correct a condition called presbyopia. Some people may require an enhancement procedure after six months to fine tune the initial surgery to get the best result. At our office we strive to give you the best vision possible in the safest manner.
Who Is A Candidate for Lasik?
Good candidates include people who wear corrective lenses for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. You must be 18 years of age and have had no change in prescription in 12-18 months. People with certain eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, or corneal problems would not be candidates. Some general medical conditions may also prevent you from having laser vision correction. A thorough complimentary LASIK consult is the best way to determine whether or not you are a candidate. Please call our office at 303-442-6260 for an appointment.
The Lasik Procedure
LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is a painless outpatient procedure which takes about ten minutes per eye to perform. Only topical anesthetic eye drops are used, no injection or general anesthesia is given. Usually both eyes are treated the same visit. A laser called the Ziemer FEMTO LDV is used to create a thin corneal flap which is temporarily folded over. The Allegretto laser then reshapes the cornea in less than 30 seconds. The flap is then replaced and self-heals.