Triangle Family Eye Care assists in the consultation, co-management, and peri-operative care for Lasik and PRK procedures. Dr. Prajapati works with TLC Laser Eye Centers to provide you with the best LASIK surgeons and surgery experience. TLC is North America’s largest LASIK provider, having performed more than 2.2 million laser vision correction procedures since their founding over 20 years ago. They are a longstanding leader in LASIK technology. Because safety and effectiveness are so important to TLC, they invest in the most cutting-edge technology available to date. In addition, only TLC offers the TLC Lifetime Commitment®. In the unlikely event a LASIK enhancement is needed down the road, as your eyes change, this program provides qualified patients no-charge, same-technology enhancement procedures for life. More than 7,000 doctors have chosen TLC for their own laser vision correction procedures– the ultimate endorsement for TLC laser vision surgery.
The first step towards laser surgery is scheduling a consultation. Dr. Prajapati will evaluate whether you are a good candidate for laser eye surgery, such as LASIK, PRK or Cataract Refractive Technology. He will complete a thorough and comprehensive eye exam, and then determine whether eye surgery is a good option for you. At that point, based on the results of your eye exam, he will advise you on which procedure would be best for your eyes, LASIK , PRK or Cataract Refractive Technology.
Before your LASIK consultation you should stop using your contact lenses for days or weeks before your evaluation. Contact lenses can distort the shape of the cornea, and we need to be able to evaluate your cornea in it’s natural shape on the day of your consultation.
On the day of your consultation, Dr. Prajapati will conduct a comprehensive eye examination. He will ask you questions about your eye health and general health history. Health conditions and issues can affect the outcome of surgery. Eye health issues, including dry eyes and ocular herpes, may also impact whether or not surgery is advisable. Medications, such as common medication for migraines, may affect healing, and we will need to know if you take any medications regularly. Dr. Prajapati may also ask about whether you consume alcohol or drugs, or play contact sports, as these are also factor that could affect your candidacy for laser eye surgery. Questions about your lifestyle, your history with contacts and glasses, the reasons you would like LASIK surgery, and what you expect after the surgery is completed will also be asked. Sometimes people hope that after laser eye surgery they won’t need glasses and contacts at all, but that is not a realistic expectation. Most patients will need reading glasses when they get older, for one example. If you are a good candidate for laser eye surgery, you will have realistic goals. Realistic goals for the outcome of LASIK is reducing your need for contacts or glasses, and being able to engage in a more active lifestyle.
If you have appropriate goals and there are no contraindications for the procedure, we will recommend a pre-operative evaluation to determine suitability for refractive surgery. This evaluation includes an extremely thorough eye exam in order to determine whether you are a good candidate for surgery. This eye exam will include tests such as such as pupil dilation and prescription measurement, eye dominancy testing, and refractive stability. Your cornea will be measured in detail, and you may take a tear-film test to check for a dry eye condition. Dr. Prajapati will explain each test, and all the tests are easy and painless.
After your eye exam, Dr. Prajapati will discuss the results with you, and make a recommendation as to whether you are a good candidate for surgery. If the decision is made to move forward with the surgery, Dr. Prajapati will recommend which procedure is best for your eyes, and you will have a chance to ask all of your questions about the procedure. LASIK and PRK are the two most commonly recommended laser vision correction procedures. At this point your information will be forwarded to the surgeon at TLC and a pre surgery consult will be scheduled. Post-operative management will be provided by Dr. Prajapati, and includes multiple visits over a period from the date of surgery to include medical evaluation and management of the vision and corneal healing. Evaluation of any additional needs such as reading glasses,sunglasses, or enhancement laser procedures is also included.
Introduction to LASIK
LASIK is the most commonly performed refractive surgery procedure. You may hear people calling it "LASIX," but the correct name is LASIK, which is short for "laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis."
Why is it so popular? LASIK has advantages over other vision correction procedures, including a relative lack of pain afterward and the fact that good vision usually is achieved by the very next day.
An instrument called a microkeratome is used in LASIK eye surgery to create a thin, circular flap in the cornea. Another, newer way of making the flap is with a laser.
The surgeon folds the hinged flap back out of the way, then removes some corneal tissue underneath using an excimer laser. The excimer laser uses a cool ultraviolet light beam to precisely remove ("ablate") very tiny bits of tissue from the cornea to reshape it.
When the cornea is reshaped in the right way, it works better to focus light into the eye and onto the retina, providing clearer vision than before. The flap is then laid back in place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed.
Both nearsighted and farsighted people can benefit from the LASIK procedure. With nearsighted people, the goal is to flatten the too-steep cornea; with farsighted people, a steeper cornea is desired. Excimer lasers also can correct