LASIK Surgery Options
Laser vision correction
LASIK, Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis, is a form of outpatient corneal surgery in which a surgeon uses pulses of laser light. LASIK can be used to correct nearsightedness (myopia) with or without astigmatism and farsightedness (hyperopia).
Our state-of-the-art LASIK surgery centers
Clarkson performs all LASIK procedures in both of our fully equipped, state-of-the-art LASIK Surgery Centers located in Chesterfield, MO and in Fairview Heights, IL. A highly regulated environment is essential to the success and accuracy of laser surgery. Our surgery centers are comprised of laser surgical suites built with the highest standards, dedicated specifically for examination.
Clarkson utilizes the latest technology so we can offer our patients an all-laser and personalized approach to their laser vision correction. The IntraLase™ Method is the 100% all-laser approach to creating your corneal flap, the thin flap of tissue that the surgeon folds back in order to perform your LASIK procedure. Advanced IntraLase technology gives your surgeon the highest degree of surgical control for the most effective procedure you can have.
WaveLight refractive technology combines the latest surgical advancements into a LASIK procedure personalized for your ideal vision. Only WaveLight technology allows your surgeon to create a personalized treatment plan, with treatment options that take into account your unique visual needs, for your best results.
You and the LASIK staff will work together to develop a treatment plan that works best with your eyes, your goals, your lifestyle. Then, utilizing the advanced technology of both the WaveLight FS200 Laser and the WaveLight ALLEGRETTO WAVE, your doctor will perform the LASIK treatment that's right for you.
For most patients, the WaveLight system offers a unique procedure that actually accounts for the natural shape of your eye. You see, earlier LASIK procedures reshaped the cornea with little regard for the way your eyes curve naturally - as a result, LASIK surgery could result in tiny errors in your vision.
The WaveLight ALLEGRETTO WAVE Eye-Q Laser was designed to preserve the natural curvature of your eye. As a result, LASIK with WaveLight refractive technology can help preserve the quality of your vision, ensuring your eyes are at their most natural and their most useful.
Finally, with the WaveLight FS200 Laser, there's no need to flip out over flaps! With traditional LASIK, your surgeon had to create the flap by hand with a surgical blade. Now, WaveLigh refractive technology features a second laser, specially designed for fast, precise flap creation. This bladeless, all-laser technology only adds to the already-excellent outcomes of the WaveLight ALLEGRETTO WAVEŽ Eye-Q Laser.
They're your eyes - make sure they're at their very best with WaveLight refractive technology.
The IntraLase Method is the 100% all-laser approach to creating your corneal flap; the thin flap of tissue that the doctor folds back in order to perform your LASIK procedure. Traditionally, doctors have used an instrument called a microkeratome (a sort of blade) for the creation of corneal flaps. With the IntraLase Method, tiny pulses of light pass harmlessly through the outer portion of your cornea and form a uniform layer of microscopic bubbles just beneath the surface of your eye. They are computer controlled for maximum precision. When it's time for your LASIK treatment to be performed, your doctor easily separates the tissue where these bubbles occur and then folds it back, thus creating your corneal flap. When LASIK is complete, a flap created using the IntraLase Method is uniquely able to "lock" back into place. Your eye then begins to rapidly heal. Hundreds of thousands of procedures have been performed safely and effectively using the IntraLase Method.
CustomVue Individualized Laser Vision Correction was developed by VISX; recognized worldwide for bringing innovation and breakthrough technology to laser vision correction. Using WaveScan™-based digital technology, originally developed for use in high-powered telescopes to reduce distortions when viewing distant objects in space, doctors can now capture unique imperfections in each individual's vision that could not have been measured before using standard methods. The information captured using the WaveScan technology is transferred to the laser, providing a new level of precision and accuracy. This new level of measurement provides 25 times more precision than with standard methods used for glasses and contact lenses.
Just like a fingerprint, each person's vision is 100% unique to their eyes. Before the recent advancements in technology, doctors were only able to use standard measurement to correct vision. With the CustomVue procedure, no two "prescriptions" are identical.
CustomVue can measure and correct the unique imperfections of each individual's vision and provide them with the potential to experience better vision than is possible with glasses and contact lenses.
The technology used in the iLASIK procedure is the combination of the previously mentioned IntraLase and CustomVue technology. In fact, all branches of the U.S. military and NASA recently approved LASIK for their servicemen and women, thanks to studies using iLASIK technology.
iLASIK uses computers/software to make an individual blueprint of your eyes; this blueprint is used to drive your laser correction and is what gives you a truly customized result. A laser is used to make a thin flap in your cornea and a second laser is used to make the correction to your cornea, based on your unique vision/eye characteristics.
The iLASIK procedure EXCLUSIVELY uses the IntraLase laser; it's part of what makes iLASIK vision correction unique. Eighty-one percent of patients choose bladeless LASIK over traditional LASIK with a blade when given the choice. The vast majority of iLASIK patients will see 20/20 OR BETTER after surgery...that could be life changing!
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
Photorefractive Keratectomy is a form of outpatient corneal surgery in which a surgeon removes the front surfaces of the cornea called the epithelium, and then reshapes the corneal bed with the laser in the same way as LASIK. After the procedure you will wear a soft contact lens (bandage lens) until the epithelial layer regenerates. Healing responses vary from patient to patient, but generally take between 3-5 days. This technique is usually used for people whose cornea may be too thin to allow for the creation of the corneal flap required for LASIK. PRK is used to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.