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We hope you will find the following information helpful in planning for your LASIK laser eye surgery. Our New Jersey specialists have provided answers to many common questions they hear from patients. If you have additional questions after revieiwng this page, write them down and bring them with you to your consultation and/our experienced staff will help answer them.

If you have further questions about laser vision correction in New Jersey, request a consultation or call us at (609) 409-2777 (Monroe Township) or (609) 419-1920 (Princeton) . One of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment in a timely fashion with one of our outstanding eye care professionals.

What Is Laser Vision Correction?

The term LASIK stands for Laser Assisted In–situ Keratomileusis. It corrects myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. Outlook Eyecare uses only FDA-approved lasers with the newest technologies to perform LASIK. Our LADARVISION laser is the first laser approved for custom cornea treatment to offer an even more individualized treatment with LADARWave Custom Cornea.

The procedure combines two sophisticated techniques of surgery to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism giving you the best of 2 worlds. The first technique uses an automated microsurgical instrument, the microkeratome, to create a protective flap of corneal tissue that covers the area sculpted by the laser. The protective flap eliminates corneal haze and scarring, allows early recovery of vision, and reduces discomfort after surgery. The second technique uses a computer-controlled excimer laser – a non-thermal (or cold) invisible, ultraviolet laser – to reshape the cornea by removing microscopic amounts of tissue in a prescribed shape. This changes the focus of the eye and corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

Why Choose Us?

People prefer Outlook Eyecare for many reasons including our:

  • Team of board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologists
  • Boutique-style practice centered on personalized eye care
  • Comprehensive offering of services
  • State-of-the-art technology & techniques
  • On-site optical shop
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Am I a Candidate for LASIK Laser Vision Correction?

Virtually everyone who is at least 18 years old and has a stable refraction could be a candidate for LASIK. We're now able to treat broad ranges of correction for nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism. However, only an in-office evaluation will determine if you're an ideal candidate for LASIK. People from Monroe Township, and surrounding areas come to our practice for this life-changing procedure.

How Long Will the Procedure Actually Take to Perform?

You will be at the laser center approximately two hours for your LASIK procedure. You will spend approximately 15 to 20 minutes in the laser suite during your procedure, with the actual laser treatment taking less than 3 minutes per eye.

Is the LASIK Procedure Painful?

Because of special medication and eye drops administered before, during and after your procedure, most LASIK patients experience little - if any - discomfort. After the procedure, your eyes may feel scratchy, gritty, or watery, but these are temporary symptoms and normally subside within 24 to 48 hours.

What Kind of Vision Can I Expect the Day after Surgery?

Our results at Outlook Eyecare meet or surpass the national averages. The majority of our patients enjoy 20/20 distance vision following their LASIK procedure, with more than 95% of patients enjoying 20/40 vision or better...good enough to pass their drivers' test without glasses or contacts. Although your vision will be dramatically improved within 24 hours of your procedure, it will continue to improve during the weeks following your procedure.

Will I Have 20/20 Vision after My LASIK Procedure?

We cannot guarantee 20/20 vision. However, we can let you know the probability of achieving clear vision. Ninety-five percent of our patients with low to moderate ranges of nearsightedness achieve normal or near normal clear vision from just one surgery. This means that most of our patients are able to do almost everything that they want to do during their daily activities without glasses or contact lenses. While we cannot guarantee crisp, clear, 20/20 vision, we do have an excellent chance of providing freedom from being dependent on glasses or contact lenses. A thin pair of glasses may still be needed for some activities such as driving a car in the evening, or perhaps watching TV.

How Long Will the Corrections Last?

The goal is for permanent correction, for the rest of your life. Laser vision correction is creating a permanent change to the exterior shape of your cornea. We cannot however, stop the normal processes that occur within your eye. Occasionally, the refractive power of your eye may continue to change over time, unrelated to any eye procedure. To ensure the most stable results it is best to wait to have laser vision correction performed until your vision has been stable for at least one year. There are some instances where a patient's vision may regress, but this is not common. It may happen in about 1 to 3% of the population and can be treated with a refinement.

What Are Some of the Common Side Effects I May Experience after My Laser Vision Correction?

During the healing process, most people can experience at least some of these effects:

  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Halo effects to ghosting effects from lights at nighttime
  • Decreased visual clarity in dim light
  • Slightly drier eyes

For most cases, these side effects decrease or disappear as the eye heals, usually in the first month. Occasionally, some of these may persist.

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