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You have a choice: you want the laser,

The iLASIK™ procedure is not without risk, but wearing contacts comes with risks as well, as they require time and meticulous attention to ensure proper cleaning and to avoid infection. Infections with contacts do occur, so considering this risk, the hassle of contacts and the lifetime costs of wearing contacts, maybe it's time to consider the iLASIK™ procedure.

iLASIK™ is an elective procedure with other alternatives including eyeglasses, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), conventional LASIK, and other refractive surgeries.

The Science of Vision

When we look at an object, a complex chain of events must happen to form a clear image:

  1. Light enters the eye through the cornea where it is bent or refracted
  2. It then passes through the pupil and into the lens where it is bent or refracted again
  3. And then light comes to a point (focuses) on the retina

Most normal vision problems occur because of some inability to focus the image on the retina. Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism occur when there’s a problem accurately refracting or bending the incoming light.

The iLASIK™ procedure corrects this problem by reshaping the cornea so that refracted light focuses accurately on the retina.

The technology used in the iLASIK™ procedure is very mature (the systems used today have been in use for years) and very safe. Doctors have been performing LASIK for a decade. Approximately 32 million LASIK procedures have been performed to date, making it the most common elective vision procedure in the U.S. 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.

Only an eyecare professional trained in laser vision correction can determine whether you are a suitable candidate. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with the treatment. It is important to discuss the risks associated with the procedure and any questions you may have about the procedure with your doctor.


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