Stanford Eye Laser Center In the Department of Ophthalmology

There are clear alternatives to glasses and contacts...

Now you have more options than ever before.

Wavefront-LASIK (Custom LASIK)

The Latest in Laser Eye Surgery

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new technology that will change how your eye surgeon addresses your vision problems. It's called Custom LASIK the laser eye treatment is based upon the unique visual characteristics of your eye. Up until now, with glasses, contacts and conventional LASIK surgery, corrections were quite similar for each type of prescription. Custom LASIK involves measuring the eye from front to back with a special laser, using what's called "wavefront" technology, to create a three-dimensional (3-D) image of the eye. The information contained in the wavefront-map guides the laser in customizing the treatment to your individual visual system.

IntraLASIK

The creation of the initial flap with conventional LASIK is made using a mechanical device. The IntraLASIK procedure uses a precision laser device to create potentially a more precise flap without the use of a blade.

Laser In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)

LASIK is a procedure for nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. It has become the procedure of choice for almost all levels of refractive error when performed by an expert surgeon. An excimer laser reshapes the partially-exposed central cornea under a thin corneal flap. The flap is then replaced over the cornea without the need for sutures.

Photo-Refractive Keratectomy (PRK)

PRK is done without any incisions at all. The cornea is reshaped by the laser to compensate for the effects of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

Am I a Good Candidate?

See if laser vision correction is for you.

If glasses or contacts seem to interfere with your enjoyment of daily life and activities, laser vision correction can help. Low, moderate and severe nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism may be corrected by one of the procedures.

Before your eyes can be corrected, however, a thorough exam must be conducted. Most people with slight abberations in their sight have otherwise healthy eyes, so this is generally little more than a routine examination.

Also please understand that any surgery carries some risks. Laser vision correction is highly successful, but you should review all the information available before making a decision.

What to Expect

A free initial evaluation is conducted by Dr. Manche, who specializes in laser vision correction procedures. This evaluation is necessary to determine if you are a suitable candidate for laser vision correction.

After the initial free evaluation, if you choose to proceed with treatment, your next visit will include testing specific to the procedure, such as corneal mapping, measurements, and a dilated exam. The charge for this visit is $359. This amount will be deducted from your treatment cost. The fee is payable at the time of service. Payment may be made by cash, check, ormost major credit cards. Most insurance companies do not cover this procedure.

Whether you elect LASIK, PRK, or one of the other procedures, the entire process takes approximately two hours. Recovery is usually around one to two days. During the procedure you will remain awake, made comfortable through the use of anesthetic eye drops. The actual time which is spent on the procedure is only a few minutes, and you can have someone drive you home almost immediately thereafter.

The level of improvement depends on many factors, including the severity of your condition. The overwhelming majority of persons who undergo laser vision correction will notice a distinct improvement. The majority of patients regain a level of clarity and sharpness that will negate the need for correctional devices such as glasses or contacts.

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