Wearing glasses or contacts can feel like a hassle, but it can be impossible to go about your daily life without them if your vision is impaired.
LASIK eye surgery can restore your vision, making your life easier and improving your confidence. LASIK, a type of refractive surgery which reshapes the cornea, can correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. We offer free LASIK evaluations at our Independence and Raymore offices to patients who are interested in pursuing this treatment option. Contact us today to learn more about LASIK and to schedule a consultation.
The LASIK Procedure
LASIK patients usually do not require sedation or general anesthesia. We will administer local anesthetic drops to numb your eyes. During surgery, your doctor will use a lid speculum and suction ring to ensure that your eyes stay open and still. Your doctor will guide our sophisticated IntraLase® iFS™ femtosecond laser with a computer to create a circular incision in the outer layer of your cornea. This flap is then pulled back so he or she can access the deeper layer of corneal tissue, the stroma.
Next, an excimer laser will apply rapid pulses of light. Your surgeon will remove microscopic amounts of tissue to optimize the shape of your cornea so that you can see properly. The speed of the pulses reduces the heat of the laser beam, which minimizes inflammation, improves your comfort during surgery, and promotes faster healing.
Once this step is complete, your doctor will place the flap back over your stroma so that it can heal naturally. Each eye typically takes about five minutes to correct. After LASIK, you should have a friend or family member drive you home, since your vision may be blurry. Your eyes may also burn or itch for a short period after surgery. Many patients notice an immediate improvement in their vision, but it can take a few weeks or more to enjoy the full benefits of the procedure.
Meet Your Lasik Specialist
Dr. Brian Heiniger practices comprehensive ophthalmology with an emphasis on cataract and refractive surgery, and he manages many conditions of the eye including glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, droopy eyelids, dry eye, and macular degeneration. Dr. Heiniger sees patients at our Independence and Raymore offices. Contact us to schedule an appointment at either of these locations.
Dr. Heiniger enjoys spending time with his wife Anne, a speech-language pathologist, and their two young children, Lincoln and Claire. Dr. Heiniger’s other interests include sports, exercise, travel, agriculture, and spending time outdoors.
If you are ready to correct your vision and lessen or eliminate your need for glasses, contact Cortney at 816-892-0046 or email today to schedule your free LASIK evaluation.