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Am I a LASIK Candidate ?

Candidates willing to get LASIK vision correction should be at least 18 years of age, in good general health, and with no eye diseases such as cataracts or glaucoma.

A LASIK consultation with your eye doctor is the best way to determine if you are a LASIK candidate and what your probable outcome may be. If you do not have an eye doctor who is trained in laser eye correction, Reya Laser Vision Center will refer you to an experienced LASIK doctor in your area.

Prospective LASIK candidates should be free of eye diseases including keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts and certain retinal and optic nerve diseases. LASIK candidates should be free of certain eye viruses including herpes simplex and herpes zoster. Candidates desirous of getting LASIK done should also be free of certain health problems including uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune or collagen vascular disease, and any medication or condition which renders the patient immunocompromised.

 LASIK patients should make their doctor aware of certain eye problems including amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (muscle imbalance), severe dry eyes, previous eye surgery or injury, or any recurrent, residual or active eye conditions which may affect healing. Other conditions that should be related to the doctor include keloid scarring with previous surgical healing, back problems, claustrophobia or other psychological problems, which may affect the surgery or recovery.

It is critical that a potential laser vision correction candidate has obtained a stable ocular prescription for at least one year. Since hormones may affect the stability of your prescription, pregnant or nursing women are not eligible to pursue LASIK surgery until two menstrual cycles after nursing has been discontinued. This is to make sure that the best results are achieved with the surgery, and to try to limit fluctuations in prescription that can occur with hormonal shifts.


In general, to be a candidate for laser vision correction you should:
 • be at least 18 years of age or older
• have stable vision for a year prior to the procedure
• be free of certain diseases of the cornea and retina
• be in good general health

 Aside from these general requirements, we recommend that before you proceed with laser vision correction, you have a consultation with one of the doctors at our center. This consultation, or a similar screening from a Reya Laser Vision Center affiliated doctor, is mandatory prior to having your procedure at our center. This is because we feel it is critical that you have both the correct testing and complete information prior to proceeding with having laser vision correction.

The primary objective of the consultation is to determine whether you are a candidate for laser vision correction, and if so, which procedure is most appropriate for you. Equally as important, we educate you about whether or not laser vision correction is right for you, and the benefits and risks associated with this type of surgery.


Antibiotic eye drops prescribed by the doctor should be used for the day before the procedure.
On the day of your procedure, you should arrive at the center as rested and relaxed as possible. You will need to sign an informed consent (at some Centers, this may occur prior to the procedure day), which we will go over with you prior to your procedure.

Eye make-up is disallowed for two days before the procedure.
On the day of procedure

  • Perfume, colon, lotions, eye makeup, hair spray should not be used on the day of laser treatment.
  • Patient should bring sunglasses with him on the day of laser treatment.
  • Have a companion accompany you. Your companion must drive you home.
  • No smoking on the day of surgery.
  • Do not consume any alcohol or sedatives that could make you drowsy prior to entering the center.

Contact lenses change the shape of your cornea. Since LASIK treats your cornea, it's important to allow time for your cornea to return to its normal curvature by not wearing contact lenses prior to your examination or the procedure. Contact lens should be discontinued three days before the procedure for soft contact lens and two weeks for hard contact lens.

Otherwise, there are no restrictions on eating, drinking or taking other routine medications.


Prior to your procedure, your eyelids and lashes will be cleaned and antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and anesthetic drops will be placed in your eyes. A mild sedative may be given. Although most patients say there is no pain during the procedure, some report feeling mild pressure or vibration.

Once you are prepared for your procedure, you will be escorted to the laser suite for treatment. You will enter the laser suite and lie on your back in a reclining chair. Your surgeon uses information from your extensive testing to set a surgical plan that is then programmed into the laser. The computer calculates the required corneal treatment and directs the laser. Your Reya Laser Vision Center surgeon programs and operates the laser during your procedure.

The success of your laser procedure depends on several factors including the expertise of your doctor and staff, and the sophistication of the equipment. At Reya Laser Vision Center, our primary objective is to provide you with the best results, the greatest degree of safety and the most advanced technology.


After the LASIK procedure, your eye may feel irritation or a foreign body sensation, or your eye may tear or water for a few hours. If you experience discomfort, your doctor may suggest you take a mild pain reliever. Most patients are quite comfortable after taking a short nap while wearing the protective eye shields. Some LASIK patients may wear the eye shields while sleeping during the first few days. Do not rub your eyes during the early healing stage. It is not unusual for dryness in your eyes to last for several days. In some patients this can be longer.

Most LASIK patients notice dramatic visual results within the first few days following their procedure. However, the speed of visual recovery depends on personal healing patterns; patients with higher prescriptions may recover more slowly.


The prescribed eye drops should be instilled into the operated eye immediately after the procedure. It is necessary to wash the hands with soap and water before instilling eye drops.

Many patients return to work within a day or two of the procedure. After the Lasik there will be some pain, watering, foreign body sensation & blurred vision for six hours. Patient can take the pain relieving tablet immediately after the procedure if he/she has pain.For protection from dust and glare, it is advisable to use sunglasses temporarily for first few days.

You will need to follow the restrictions mentioned below.

The patient can perform his/her duty one day after the procedure.Otherwise, as long as you follow your doctor's instructions, you should be free to resume all your normal activities.

  • Wait one full day before taking a shower.
  • Wait one day to one week, as your doctor advises, before resuming driving.
  • Regarding food intake there are no restrictions
  • Read and watch TV in moderation the first few days.
  • Do not wear eye makeup for four days.
  • Do not rub your eyes for one month.
  • Do not exercise for one week.
  • Can take bath and wash face with soap and water, but water should not be splashed into the eyes
  • Avoid swimming, hot tubs and whirlpools for two months.
  • Avoid gardening and dusty environments for one week.
  • Avoid contact sports that could result in an eye injury for one month.
  • Smoking is allowed, but you will probably find smoke very irritating

If sudden pain develops or vision becomes blurred, should contact the eye surgeon immediately


Independent U.S. Navy study presents benefits of Custom LASIK

 LASIK study reflects results shown by Custom LASIK Patients.

An independent LASIK study recently conducted by the U.S. Navy demonstrates that Custom LASIK produces better quality outcomes compared to conventional LASIK for vision correction. The LASIK study, the first of its kind, found that 97% of laser vision correction patients treated with Custom LASIK acquired 20/20 vision, versus 88% with conventional LASIK. Custom LASIK can help military personnel see better at night and also avoid the challenges of using glasses or contact lenses in the battlefield. Soldiers who wear eyeglasses must have gas masks with prescription eye inserts that can limit peripheral vision. Custom LASIK aids in limiting this issue.

Custom LASIK- An advanced level of precision continues the tradition.

The U.S. Navy Study confirmed the benefits available to patients by showing that Custom LASIK patients did not report experiencing night driving halos or glare while conventional LASIK patients reported an increase in halos. Most LASIK patients experienced a satisfactory resolution in halos after three months. Reya Laser Vision Center offers Custom LASIK in order to continue providing LASIK patients with the best laser vision correction treatment options available. The Custom LASIK procedure addresses and corrects "higher-order" aberrations, which are distortions thought to cause problems such as halos or glare. Using a tool called the wavefront analyzer the Custom LASIK procedure measures the way light passes through your eye. This data is then entered in the laser, resulting in a truly customized procedure.

The U.S. Navy's findings parallel other studies which show that Custom LASIK may be able to provide you with: greater chance of achieving 20/20 vision, better vision than with glasses or contacts, less incidence of night vision problems.

Custom LASIK – Whobenefits?

 Another benefit of wave-front-guided LASIK or as it is commonly call Custom LASIK, is the very accurate refraction that the aberrometers are producing, and the equally accurate laser ablation profile. This is giving extremely good postoperative vision to our Reya Laser Vision Center patients and over time, we at Reya Laser Vision Center believe this will reduce our enhancement rate even further. As we are gaining more knowledge on wave-front-guided LASIK or Custom LASIK, we know that LASIK patients with a high percentage of higher-order aberrations will benefit from wave-front-guided, or Custom LASIK procedure. The FDA trials were very clear in their results in that there is a definite reduction in the possibility of glare and haloes, and other associated night vision problems by correcting these higher-order aberrations.

This also seems to be beneficial to LASIK patients with larger pupils, whom we would have thought in the past would be definitely higher risk for glare and haloes at night. Some LASIK surgeons are performing wave – front – guided ablations on all of their LASIK patients while others are very strict on who qualifies for Custom LASIK. At Reya Laser Vision Center, we like to individualize each patient, evaluate their orbscan and their wave front results and then make a mutual decision with the patient. The current indication for Custom LASIK treatment is for myopic astigmatism, up to 6.5 diopters sphere and cylinder up to 3 diopters.

LASEK - Alternative for Non LASIK Candidates

Charlotte, NC (January 2002) - A Charlotte man is among the first in this region to have LASEK, an alternative to the popular LASIK laser vision correction procedure. LASEK, spelled with an "E" rather than an "I" stands for Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis, a relatively new alternative in laser vision correction that may benefit some laser vision correction patients who are not candidates for LASIK.

The LASEK procedure is of particular benefit to laser vision correction patients with thin corneas or certain corneal disorders that preclude LASIK. In LASEK, a very thin flap in the outer layer of the cornea, called the epithelium, is created and lifted before a laser is used to gently reshape the surface and correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. The flap is replaced and the patient gets a contact lens bandage to wear while the eye heals by re – growing epithelial cells.

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