LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is the most frequently performed refractive surgery procedure used today to reduce or eliminate the use of glasses or corrective lenses. LASIK is a type of refractive surgery that uses an excimer laser to change the shape of the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
During the last few decades millions of patients worldwide have experienced the benefits of laser vision correction. It is a safe and effective means to achieve a lens free lifestyle and has the highest satisfaction rate of any other elective surgery.
In 1997, Dr. Tyrie Jenkins became the first surgeon in Hawaii to perform LASIK. Dr. Jenkins is a nationally recognized eye surgeon and is a pioneer in the refractive surgery field. Since her inaugural surgery in the late 90′s, Dr. Jenkins has performed thousands of successful surgeries while claiming countless awards in her profession.
The team of professionals at Jenkins Eye Care continues to provide the best patient care and successful LASIK outcomes using the most sophisticated laser vision technology available today, the WaveLight® Refractive Technology.
The Goal of LASIK
Successful LASIK corrects the common refractive errors of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Anyone who wears glasses or contact lenses has one or more of these refractive issues.
In order to see clearly, as light passes through the cornea it must rest precisely on a point on the retina.
This is a condition where a patient can clearly see things in their near vision, but anything in the distance, like driving, or even seeing the clock on the wall is blurry. In the case of nearsightedness the cornea is too steep or rounded, and the light focuses behind the retina.
In this case a patient who is farsighted sees well in the distance, but has difficulty with any close objects, like the dashboard of their car or reading. With farsightedness, the cornea is too flat and the light focuses in front of the retina.
With astigmatism the cornea is irregularly shaped or has an irregular surface causing light to focus in multiple places on the retina. A patient with astigmatism has blurred vision at all distances.
Using an excimer laser LASIK gently changes the shape of the cornea so the light focuses precisely on the retina for clear sharp vision.
LASIK vs. Contacts
Many patients believe that wearing contact lenses is ultimately safer than having LASIK surgery. This is a misunderstanding. Recent studies have concluded that LASIK is 10x safer than wearing contacts. Patients are 180x more likely to have an infection wearing contact lenses than patients who have LASIK.
One other study completed by the WRESP (Warfighter Refractive Surgery Program) concluded LASIK provided “excellent outcomes and enhanced the overall readiness of over 16,000 army service members.” The study also concluded that night vision issues and dry eye was infrequent post-LASIK.
The Best Technology
At Jenkins Eye Care we only offer the best refractive technology available today to assure the best results with less complications. The WaveLight® Refractive Suite is the fastest surgery platform available designed to provide patients with a customized treatment and optimum results.
It is proven to be:
- Provide a better quality of vision
- More precise
- Better night vision and less glare
- Provide higher levels of satisfaction
- Excellent results
Read a more in-depth explanation of WaveLight® Refractive technology here.
It’s time to have the clear vision you have always wanted. Find out about the different treatment options available at Jenkins Eye Care for your unique set of eyes.
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