Tampa Lasik Laser Vision Surgery Correction
There has never been a better time to learn about the wonders of vision correction. The Eye Clinic of Florida in Zephyrhills invites you to schedule a Free LASIK Vision Screening Exam with Dr. Ahad Mahootchi. Call (813) 779-3338.
Dr. Ahad Mahootchi has been performing Laser Vision Correction for over 20 years. Hundreds of local patients have trusted their eyes to him for Laser Vision Correction.
We are happy to announce the availability of Laser Vision Correction right here in Zephyrhills beginning in February 2014. Patients no longer will have to travel to Tampa for this life changing procedure.
What is the purpose of LASIK and PRK?
The goal of LASIK and PRK is to reduce your dependence on glasses or contact lenses by improving your unaided visual acuity. After laser vision correction surgery, the majority of patients are able to function without glasses or contact lenses.
Who is a candidate for laser vision correction surgery?
Most patients who want to decrease their dependency on glasses or contact lenses are candidates for PRK or Lasik laser vision correction. During your laser vision consult, we will perform a thorough preoperative exam to determine if you are a good candidate. We will also explain the procedure and answer your questions – allowing you to make an informed decision.
What kind of refractive errors can be treated with laser vision correction surgery?
Currently, most degrees of nearsightedness and astigmatism can be treated with laser vision correction. Mild to moderate degrees of farsightedness can also be corrected.
What is the difference between LASIK and PRK?
Both LASIK and PRK use the Excimer laser to reshape the cornea but the procedures are done using a different technique (see below for the specifics on each procedure). After the eye heals, the final visual results are usually similar with either procedure. However, depending on your individual eye characteristics, you may be a better candidate for one of the procedures. When you come in, we will go over the pros and cons of each procedure and come up with a treatment plan that would be best for you.
How is the LASIK procedure done?
Traditional LASIK eye correction surgery involves two procedures: First, a microkeratome blade is used to create a flap in the cornea to expose the underlying tissue. After the flap is created, the excimer laser is used to reshape the eye by removing ultra-thin layers from the cornea. At the end of the procedure, the flap is replaced. The flap adheres by itself to the corneal bed without stitches. Postoperative discomfort is usually limited to a mild dry eye feeling and is usually limited to the first six to twelve hours after treatment.
How is the PRK procedure done?
PRK is an alternative laser vision correction surgery to LASIK. In PRK, the front surface corneal shape is changed with the laser. Unlike LASIK, there is no flap that needs to be repositioned at the end of the procedure. The corneal surface requires from two to five days to regenerate, and during this period the vision will be blurry. Functional vision typically returns after five to seven days and good vision may require two weeks or longer to return.
Is there pain during the laser vision correction surgery?
Most patients do not experience pain during the procedure because their eyes are numbed using anesthetic drops. If you are anxious, an oral medicine is used to relax you.
Are any needles used to numb the eye or used in another part of the procedure?
There are no needles. The eye is numbed using topical anesthetic drops, so no injections or needles are needed for the procedure.
What will happen if I blink during the procedure?
The eyelid is held open by a special device during the procedure. It will be impossible to blink so you do not need to worry about blinking and affecting the outcome of the procedure. We will also lubricate your eye during the procedure, so you do not need to worry about your eye drying out.
How long does the laser eye correction surgery take?
The entire surgical procedure for both eyes usually takes less than 30 minutes. You will be at the Laser Center for about a total of two hours on the day of the procedure, and you will need someone to drive you home after the procedure
What will I be able to see the next day?
With LASIK vision correction, most patients notice an immediate improvement in their vision and can resume most of their normal daily activities by the next day. The vision will usually continue to improve for 1-2 weeks after the procedure. With PRK, the vision will take longer to recover, usually 3-5 days.
Will I need to miss work?
After LASIK, most patients can resume their normal activities, including work, the day after surgery. With PRK, patients often prefer to take a few days off from work after the procedure. During your laser vision consult visit, we will advise you on what to expect based on the type of work that you perform.