What is LASIK?

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LASIK CandidateAre you finding that eyeglasses and contact lenses get in the way of your lifestyle?

Improving the way our patients see and helping them to become more independent of eyeglasses and contact lenses is our passion. Dealing with glasses and contact lenses can be frustrating, especially for those who lead a very active lifestyle.

You may have already heard about this extremely popular procedure called LASIK. Millions of Americans have received LASIK vision correction and are loving the results, and you can too!

About Your Vision

20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. If you have 20/100 vision, it means that you must be as close as 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet.

20/20 does not necessarily mean perfect vision. 20/20 vision only indicates the sharpness or clarity of vision at a distance. There are other important vision skills, including peripheral awareness or side vision, eye coordination, depth perception, focusing ability and color vision that contribute to your overall visual ability.

Some people can see well at a distance, but are unable to bring nearer objects into focus. This condition can be caused by hyperopia (farsightedness) or presbyopia (loss of focusing ability). Others can see items that are close, but cannot see those far away. This condition may be caused by myopia (nearsightedness).

A comprehensive eye examination at SightMD can diagnose those causes, if any, that are affecting your ability to see well. In most cases, we can prescribe glasses, contact lenses, correct surgery or a vision therapy program that will help improve your vision.

What is LASIK Surgery?

LASIK surgery is a procedure that reshapes the surface of the eye (cornea) to correct vision. The cornea, normally smooth and dome shaped, is responsible for allowing light into the eye and focusing it onto the retina. When the eye is misshapen, as is the case in those with myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism, light does not reflect properly. This results in blurry vision. In order to correct this issue, the eye must be reshaped. This is the aim of LASIK surgery. By reshaping the cornea, LASIK surgery allows patients to see clearly with decreased or eliminated dependence on visual aides.

How Does it Work?

LASIK surgery permanently changes the shape of the eye. This is accomplished by removing microscopic amounts of corneal tissue. To do this, your surgeon will create a circular “flap” in the first few layers of the cornea. The flap will be moved back to expose the inner layers of the cornea for treatment. Using an excimer laser, your surgeon will begin to reshape the cornea. Once the eyes are reshaped sufficiently, the flap will be smoothed over and the surgery is over!
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What is the Cost of LASIK?

According to LASIK.com the cost of LASIK ranges from about $299 to $4000 per eye. There are varying factors that would determine the price. On the LASIK low end price, you can typically find a chain advertising low priced LASIK. In order to qualify for these types of prices your vision typically needs to meet a rare synopsis where the treatment is easy. Most LASIK practices tend to have a higher price and not confuse patients with qualifying details. The quality of the surgeon is a big factor in the price. Highly skilled LASIK surgeons with a great deal of experience will be more expensive than those with less experience and skill. Many of the experienced LASIK surgeons have been doing LASIK for almost 20 years and have developed skills for other types of refractive surgery including PRK or Visian ICL.

LASIK Technology

LASIK Technology

SightMD offers the most advanced and up to date technology for Long Island LASIK surgery. If you are seeking a Long island LASIK specialist, you have come to a place that values technology and wants to provide the best possible solutions for our patients.

How to Choose a LASIK surgeon?

Selecting a LASIK surgeon can be challenging. There are many LASIK surgeons on Long Island and New York City. How do you really know who is the best LASIK surgeon? These are your eyes and you have to make sure you have a surgeon that you can trust. Has your LASIK surgeon gone to good school for ophthalmology? What are the success factor for your LASIK surgeon’s experience.

Is LASIK Painful?

LASIK is definitely not painful. There might be a slight discomfort and some pressure on your eye but in way shape or form would this procedure be considered painful. Many patients often say going to the dentist is 100 times more painful than LASIK surgery.

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LASIK Eye Surgery Long Island Reviews

Make sure to do your homework when looking for a Long Island LASIK surgeon. There are thousands of reviews from Garden City to Hauppauge and beyond. Take some time to hear what people have to say. Many patients will write a very thorough review of their LASIK experience. Please take a moment to read some of the reviews on SightMD.

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