First Step - Free LASIK Screening
Contact Dr. Lippmans Eye Care Center at 914-636-3600 or by e-mail
to schedule a free one-on-one LASIK screening. During your screening,
you will undergo a brief exam checking your spectacle prescription, and
corneal, health and thickness. These tests will determine if you are a
candidate for LASIK laser vision correction. If LASIK is not for you,
well tell you so. If you are a candidate, you will have an opportunity
to have all your questions answered personally. Dr. Lippmans goal
is to help you develop a complete understanding of LASIK surgery and your
particular situation so that you can make an informed decision.
Second Step - Complete Pre-Op
If you qualify and desire to proceed with surgery, the next step is a thorough dilated pre-operative eye exam. This is necessary to exclude any type of unrecognized internal eye disease, which may interfere with the LASIK procedure, such as retinal disease or glaucoma. It is necessary to discontinue contact lenses for a period of time prior to this exam in order to allow your cornea to return to its natural shape. Dr. Lippman uses the WaveScan WaveFront System to map your eye’s surface, enabling him to customize the Visx STAR S4 IR Laser to your very unique requirements. The cost of the pre-operative exam is included in the surgical fee for LASIK surgery. Should you decide not to proceed with surgery, you are then billed for a regular eye examination.
Step - Surgery
You will arrive at the Eye Surgery Center of Westchester about thirty minutes before your procedure. Patients may choose to have an oral sedative to help them relax. You are escorted into the laser treatment room and positioned on a surgery table under the laser. Your job is to look at the blinking red fixation light and to keep you head relatively still. Under eye drop anesthesia, an eyelid retainer is placed to keep you from blinking. The IntraLase FS Laser is then used to create the protective flap. This bladeless technique for flap creation allows for the finest quality flaps while minimizing risk to you. Next Dr. Lippman uses the cool beam of the Visx STAR S4 IR Excimer Laser to gently reshape the curvature of your cornea to match your refractive condition. The actual laser treatment time is usually less than one minute per eye and you should experience little or no discomfort or pain. The protective flap is then repositioned and allowed to naturally seal in place without sutures.
Fourth Step - Post Op Care
Careful detailed attention to post operative care by the operating surgeon
is critical to the success of your LASIK procedure. Dr. Lippman is committed
to personally providing your post-operative treatment. This begins about
thirty minutes after your procedure when he will check your eyes prior
to your returning home from our Eye Surgery Center of Westchester. It
is then best to rest your eyes or sleep as much as possible. You will
return to our office the day after surgery for a post-operative visit.
Most patients drive themselves to the day after appointment
and are experiencing significant improvement in vision. Most persons can
return to normal activities within 1-3 days of surgery. Additional post-op
exams with Dr. Lippman may be scheduled at one week, one month, three
months and six months following your procedure.
Final Step - A New Lifestyle
Although individual results vary, most patients experience a dramatic
improvement in uncorrected vision, significantly reducing or eliminating
their dependence on glasses or contact lenses for most activities. A very
high percentage of patients, even those in contacts or glasses for many
years, are able to drive without correction following LASIK surgery.
You can receive a free LASIK screening
by completing the following information. David Skalky, our Senior LASIK
Consultant, will contact you to arrange a convenient time. Submitting
your prescription will allow our staff to give you more detailed information
on how LASIK will work for you, but because the treatment power range
of LASIK is broad, dont worry if your prescription isnt readily
to submit your prescription and receive personalized, detailed information
on how LASIK will work for you.
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