LASIK Eye Surgery: Important Q and A Information

By: Dr. Andrew Caster


Through modern technology and medicine, Beverly Hills Lasik surgeons have been able to improve vision and do away with spectacles or contact lenses. According to The Jakarta Post, LASIK (short for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) has gained wide popularity over recent years, whether for aesthetics or for practical reasons. The following are questions and answers commonly discussed regarding laser eye correction surgery.

Question: Can Beverly Hills Lasik be individualized?
Answer: LASIK can be tailored to an individual's eyes and requirements, according to The Jakarta Post. Newer technology means that treatments can be much more accurate and for a higher degree level of correction, although some of these still need evaluation to determine their true benefits. In the past, the higher degree a person had, the more cornea had to be removed. With new LASIK technology, less tissue needs to be removed for higher levels of vision correction. It is important to choose a center with a wide range of femtosecond laser and excimer laser machines to find the best match in technology to an individual's requirement. Some refractive intraocular implants are also now available to treat extremes of myopia not amenable to LASIK surgery.

Question: Does LASIK use heat energy and can people smell the cornea being burned?
Answer: The excimer is a "cool" laser and does not use heat energy to remodel the cornea. However, there may still be an element of tissue vaporization that may result in some smell during the treatment.

Question: Is LASIK still a new technology and are there any long-term studies out there?
Answer: LASIK was first performed 20 years ago in 1989 by an ophthalmologist in Greece and then introduced to America in 1990. Since then, peer reviewed publications have shown excellent safety, efficacy and stability results for eyes up to 10 years after LASIK was first performed, and millions of LASIK treatments worldwide have shown no unexpected long-term complications.

Question: It is possible to target the LASIK laser accurately all the time as eyeballs will make involuntary movement and is there a risk of the laser zapping the wrong areas of the eye?
Answer: Most Los Angeles Lasik platforms have highly advanced eye-tracking devices that compensate for any minor eye movements during the procedure. These active tracking systems follow the patient's eye position at a speed of up to 4,000 times per second and redirect the laser pulses precisely.

According to a top local Lasik surgeon Los Angeles patients can refer to their local laser eye correction center for more information regarding Lasik and other surgical eye procedures.

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Andrew I. Caster, M.D. has performed over fourteen thousand procedures to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Dr. Caster is widely considered one of the most knowledgeable Lasik surgeons in the United States. Los Angeles Magazine selected Dr. caster as “The Best Lasik Surgeon in Los Angeles” and W Magazine listed him as one of two top Lasik surgeons in the United States. For more information please visit: www.castervision.com/

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