Sharp, clear vision is something that many people assume they will always have, at least until they don’t. Prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses do a magnificent job of correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, but you may want a more permanent solution. That’s what LASIK offers. And here at the eye care practice of Dr. Raymond Helfand, it is our pleasure to provide co-management of your surgery, including an examination to screen you for suitability, answering all your questions, and letting you know what to expect. You can even depend on our Staten Island optometry for post-op care.
What does LASIK do and how does it work? It reshapes your corneas, the front part of your eye that accepts light and sends it to the back of your eye to be turned into a viewable image. When it is shaped properly, your retina receives light right at or very close to its center. That is typically 20/20 vision. But with refractive errors, or what results in less than stellar vision, light instead either arrives toward the front and/or back of the retina, or is refracted unevenly. Eyeglasses and contact lenses solve the problem by altering the angle that light travels between your cornea and retina. But LASIK is about changing the shape of the cornea to result in more efficient retinal reception of light. It’s not traditional surgery. It’s done with lasers, with no stitches or bandages required. Our Staten Island optometry will determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure, which only takes a few minutes per eye. When successful, which is over 90% of the time, you will notice improvement in your vision by the next day or even later the day of surgery.
Schedule an appointment with our Staten Island optometry to make sure you’re eligible. Stop relying so heavily on your prescription lenses. It’s possible that you may even be able to say goodbye to them entirely.