Significantly Improve Your Vision with LASIK Surgery
LASIK surgery offered at our Northglenn, CO, practice is a popular, effective procedure that involves reshaping the cornea to improve impaired vision. This treatment uses a laser to safely treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and eliminate the need for eyeglasses and contact lenses. Since its approval in 1998 by the FDA, nearly 20 million people in the United States have restored their vision with LASIK surgery. Dr. Montgomery and his highly trained team at Montgomery Eye Care provide comprehensive care and the latest tools and techniques in order to deliver satisfying results for our patients.
What is LASIK Surgery?
LASIK surgery is a refractive surgical procedure that uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea, the eye’s outermost protective layer, so that light and images are properly filtered and focused onto the retina in the back of the eye. During Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis, or LASIK for short, Dr. Montgomery creates a thin flap in the cornea. He then gently lifts the flap to remove corneal tissue, and reshapes the cornea to improve myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or an astigmatism (irregularly shaped cornea). Dr. Montgomery can help most patients achieve 20/20 vision with this safe, bladeless procedure.
Are You a Candidate?
During your initial consultation, we will perform a thorough examination to establish your candidacy. Dr. Montgomery will review your medical history, current medical condition, and medications to determine if you are in good overall health. He will also review your current eyeglass or contact lens prescription and perform a series of eye tests to ensure you have adequate corneal thickness and that your vision is stable.
Before undergoing this procedure, it is imperative that any eye conditions, such as dry eyes and glaucoma are under control, as they could prevent you from undergoing LASIK. If you do not qualify for this procedure due to thin corneas, we may suggest an alternative procedure, such as Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK), to correct your vision. Once candidacy has been determined, Dr. Montgomery will discuss preoperative and postoperative care instructions with you to make sure you are adequately prepared for the procedure, such as:
- what clothing to wear to the procedure
- eyeglass and contact lens instructions
- medications to avoid
- how to care for your eyes after the procedure
How is LASIK Performed?
Your surgery will begin with the administration of local anesthetic eye drops for optimal comfort throughout the procedure. Dr. Montgomery will then place a speculum over the eye to prevent blinking. Once your eyes are prepared, he will use the bladeless wavefront Ziemer LDV femtosecond laser to make a thin flap incision in the cornea. As one of the fastest lasers in the market, this advanced technology safely and gently creates a clean flap and helps reduce stress on the cornea.
This technology allows Dr. Montgomery to deliver accurate and precise results in about one minute.
He will then gently fold the flap to the side and use an Alcon WaveLight® EX500 laser, the fastest excimer laser in the market, to reshape the cornea and correct your impaired vision. With a map of your eye programmed into the laser, it will administer quick pulses of concentrated light and remove excess tissue.
This technology allows Dr. Montgomery to deliver accurate and precise results in about one minute. Once the cornea is successfully reshaped, we will complete the procedure by folding the flap back into place. Since your eye will heal on its own, no sutures are required.
Recovery and Results
Once the procedure is complete, we will place protective shields over your eyes to prevent sensitivity and irritation. You will need to have someone available to drive you to and from the procedure. After the first two to four hours, you can remove the protective shields and begin administering eye drops as directed. For the first 24 hours, rest your eyes as much as possible and avoid activities, such as watching TV, reading, and computer use.
It is not uncommon to experience blurriness, light sensitivity, and the feeling of something in your eye for the first 48 hours. Although you will notice immediate improvement in vision, results can take several months to finalize. To ensure optimal recovery and results, you should attend your necessary follow-up appointments and follow all postoperative instructions carefully.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are interested in correcting your vision with this popular and effective procedure, contact our practice today to schedule your consultation. Dr. Montgomery and the team at Montgomery Eye Care will help ensure that you have a smooth procedure and positive experience.
"My friend referred me to Dr. Montgomery who was VERY patient, and determined I had a virus, complicated by dry eye. I have been working with him for over about two years now, and my eye is MUCH better under his very professional care. If you have an ongoing problem, or just need a good eye doc, I highly recommend him."Review From ratemds.com