iLASIK Procedure Q & A

Questions and Answers about the iLASIK® Procedure

Why should I consider the iLASIK® Procedure?  2735627_orig

When considering FDA-approved laser vision correction, only the iLASIK® Procedure offers the world’s most-advanced, custom-vision-correcting technologies in one safe and proven all-laser procedure.

What vision problems can the iLASIK® Procedure correct?

Only the vision-correcting lasers behind the iLASIK® Procedure have earned FDA-approval to correct the broadest range of vision imperfections, including mild to severe nearsightedness, farsightedness and all types of astigmatism.

Am I a candidate for the iLASIK® Procedure?

The majority of people are good candidates for the iLASIK® Procedure.  If you are at least 21 years old, in good general health with no existing eye disease, and your vision prescription has been stable for at least one year, you are probably a candidate for the iLASIK® Procedure.  When considering FDA-approved laser vision correction, only the iLASIK® Procedure offers the world’s most-advanced and innovative vision procedure available today.

What kind of vision can I expect with the iLASIK® Procedure?

Only the iLASIK® Procedure delivers the truly customized treatment that more doctors rely on to take their patients to 20/20 and beyond, so they can better enjoy their favorite activities such as water sports, diving, snowboarding, mountain biking, playing softball, and more.

The vast majority of iLASIK® patients improve to 20/20 vision or better after surgery. 20/20 vision means that you see at 20 feet what a person without any vision problems would see at the same distance. (For reference, you need to be at least 20/40 to drive, while fighter pilots are often measured at 20/15.)

How safe is the iLASIK® Procedure?

The iLASIK® Procedure is safe and proven, combining the world’s most advanced, custom-vision-correcting technologies into one integrated all-laser procedure. In fact, more vision corrections are performed worldwide with iLASIK® Technology than with any other laser procedure. And, iLASIK® represents the most widely-researched vision correction procedure available today.     

Does it hurt? How long does it take?

The iLASIK® Procedure is a quick, virtually painless procedure. It takes just about 10 minutes per eye, with both eyes typically treated at the same visit. You are awake the entire time. Your eyes are numbed with drops, and at most, you might feel a little bit of pressure. There is usually no discomfort following the procedure.

What is the real difference between iLASIK® and other procedures?

Only the vision-correcting lasers behind the iLASIK® Procedure have earned FDA approval to correct the broadest range of vision imperfections.  Other forms of laser vision correction just don’t have the clinical results and advanced technology that comprise the iLASIK® Procedure.

In addition, no other vision procedure offers the individualized treatment of iLASIK®, truly customizing your vision correction based on your precise, individual refractive signature.  Like a fingerprint, a refractive signature is unique to each of your eyes. Using 3D mapping, the iLASIK® Technology captures that refractive signature and uses it to create the exact specification needed to correct your vision. 

How long will the effects of the iLASIK Procedure last?

For a vast majority results of the iLASIK Procedure are permanent.  However, this doesn’t mean that you won’t need glasses at some point in the future; due to aging eyes, everyone eventually needs reading glasses for small print sometime in their 40s or 50s. 

What does the iLASIK® Procedure cost?

Choosing the iLASIK® Procedure is an investment in your eyesight that will pay for itself over time. Glasses and contacts are expensive. The average 25-year-old will spend $30,000 on contacts alone in the next 25 years[i]. Talk to an iLASIK® surgeon for specific details on the cost of iLASIK for your eyes.  Why rent your vision with glasses or contacts, when you could own better vision with iLASIK®.

Where can I get more info?

To learn about the life-changing advancements that make iLASIK® the world’s most advanced vision procedure available today, schedule your appointment with one of our iLASIK®  surgeons Dr. Sheel Patel or Dr. J. Wayne Riggins at Cape Fear Eye Associates, PA.

The Facts About The iLASIK® Procedure

Imagine not having to mess with contacts ever again. No taking them out at night; no hassle with disinfecting, rubbing, rinsing; no forgetting to replace them as scheduled; and no more danger of eye infections from when you did forget to make time for proper lens care.  That’s the advantage of iLASIK® Procedure, the world’s most-advanced and innovative vision correction available today.

Proven Safe and Effective

–         Only the vision-correcting lasers used in the iLASIK® Procedure have earned FDA-approval to correct the broadest range of vision imperfections, including mild to severe nearsightedness, farsightedness and all types of astigmatism.

–         iLASIK® combines the world’s most advanced, custom vision-correcting technologies into one safe and proven all-laser procedure.

–         More vision corrections are performed worldwide with iLASIK® Technology than with any other laser procedure.

–         Only the iLASIK® Procedure offers superior safety through reduced flap complications to help you get your best possible vision whether you are 25, 35 or 55.

About the iLASIK® Procedure

–         Only iLASIK® offers one integrated, all-laser procedure with technologies that are proven safe and effective.

–         The iLASIK® Procedure is fast and simple; the procedure is quick and virtually painless.

–         During your iLASIK® Procedure, 3-D mapping captures your individual refractive signature which, like a fingerprint, is unique to each of your eyes.

–         Next, an iLASIK® flap is created and folded back. Then your customized iLASIK® correction is completed.

–         The iLASIK® Procedure delivers the most individualized, custom-vision-correction available to help you get your best possible vision.

The iLASIK® Procedure Differences

–         No other vision procedure offers the individualized treatment of iLASIK®. The advanced iLASIK® Technology customizes your vision based on your specific refractive signature – which, like a fingerprint, is unique to each of your eyes.

–          If it’s “optimized” it’s not the iLASIK® Procedure.  Only the iLASIK® Procedure can give you truly custom-vision-correction based on your specific refractive signature.  Other forms of laser vision correction just don’t have the clinical results and advanced technology that comprise iLASIK®.

–          The technology in the iLASIK® Procedure represents the most widely-researched vision correction available today.

Best Possible Vision for Today’s Active Lifestyles

–         Today’s active lifestyles demand your best possible vision.

–         Only the iLASIK® Procedure delivers the truly custom, personalized treatment that more doctors rely on to take their patients beyond 20/20 vision.  Clinical study results[i] using iLASIK’s® vision-correcting laser show that one year after treatment:

  • Many patients achieve vision that is 20/16 or better with iLASIK’s customized, integrated procedure.[ii]
  • 100 percent of nearsighted clinical study patients could pass a driving test without glasses or contact lenses.
  • 98 percent of mild-to-moderate nearsighted clinical study patients could see 20/20 or better without glasses or contact lenses.
  • Four times as many mild-to-moderately nearsighted clinical study participants were very satisfied with their night vision after treatment compared to their night vision before treatment with glasses or contacts.

–         Many activities, from water sports to snowboarding, mountain biking and playing softball, would benefit greatly from 20/20 or better vision.

–         Thanks to clinical studies using iLASIK® Technology, NASA and the U.S. military now allow laser vision correction for their sharp shooters, fighter pilots, astronauts, service men and women.

–         Why continue struggling with poor vision?  The iLASIK® Procedure offers the most individualized correction available today to help you get your best possible vision whether you are 25, 35 or 55.

 Financial Considerations

–         Contacts and glasses are expensive.

–         The average 25-year-old will spend $30,000 on contacts alone in the next 25 years.[iii]

–         Choosing the iLASIK® Procedure is an investment in your eyesight that pays for itself over time. Why rent your vision with glasses or contacts when you could own better vision with iLASIK®?

–         Talk to an iLASIK® doctor for specific details on the cost of the iLASIK® Procedure for your eyes.

[i]  Data on file. AMO Development, LLC. CustomVue Procedure Clinical Trials submitted to the FDA; 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007.

[ii] 20/16 results delivered with excimer laser; clinical studies sent to the FDA via P930016 supplement 016.

Laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) can only be performed by a trained physician and is specified for reduction or elimination of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism as indicated within the product labeling. Laser refractive surgery is contraindicated for patients: a) with collagen vascular, autoimmune, or immunodeficiency diseases; b) who are pregnant or nursing women; c) with signs of keratoconus or abnormal corneal topography; d) who are taking one or both of the following medications: Isotretinoin (Accutane) and Amiodarone hydrochloride (Cordarone). Potential side effects to laser refractive surgery may include glare, dry eye, as well as other visual anomalies. LASIK requires the use of a microkeratome that cuts a flap on the surface of the cornea, potential side effects may include flap related complications. Consult with your eye care professional and Patient Information Booklet regarding the potential risks and benefits for laser refractive surgery, results may vary for each individual patient.

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