What is iLASIK?
iLASIK is a vision correction surgery that uses a wavefront analyzer to enable our surgeons to customize the LASIK procedure to your individual eyes. This customized procedure can result in patients seeing clearer and sharper than ever before! Unlike conventional LASIK, iLASIK helps to treat “higher order” aberrations, which are tiny imperfections in the eye that can have a significant impact on one’s quality of vision. In fact, higher order aberrations have been linked to visual glare and halos. These aberrations have not been previously treatable with contacts, glasses or conventional LASIK. Although conventional LASIK is still a very good choice for many patients, most will prefer the highest level of customization that iLASIK can provide. Ultimately, your options will be discussed with your doctor.
The iLASIK Procedure
- Step 1: We use CustomVue™ for a more accurate laser vision correction. To do this, you must first have a WaveScan WaveFront™ map to determine your eye’s total optical aberration. This is like taking a “fingerprint” of your eye. The information is later transferred directly to the laser to correct your vision.
- Step 2: On the day of surgery, you will take a mild sedative to help relax you. Your eye will be numbed with an anesthetic eye drop and an eyelid speculum will be used to keep your lashes out of the way. A small suction ring will be used to couple with the IntraLase™ laser in order to create a corneal flap.
- Step 3: Using the VISX Star S4™ laser, a cool beam of light will be used along with infrared iris registration and 3D tracking technology to precisely apply the CustomVue™ treatment as measured preoperatively. When treatment is complete, the corneal flap is returned to its original position. The entire LASIK procedure takes approximately 10 minutes per each eye from start to finish.
For a week following surgery, you will use an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drop. You may also use artificial tear drops for your comfort. Your surgeon will instruct you more fully on the postoperative care and follow up.
Most patients usually see quite well the day following their procedure and may be able to resume most of their normal daily activities, but patients with higher prescriptions may recover more slowly. Although the speed of visual recovery depends on personal healing patterns, most patients notice dramatic visual results within the first days following their procedure.
Are you a candidate?
The reality is that the majority of people who meet the age and general health requirements are in fact good candidates for the iLASIK procedure. There are some conditions that exclude certain patients. Your doctor will examine you carefully to determine whether you can safely have the procedure. If you meet these criteria, you can schedule a consultation:
- You are at least 18 years old
- You are in good general health
- You have had a stable vision prescription for at least one year
- You have no existing corneal disease
Some people may not be candidates for iLASIK in Seattle but it is not your only option. Learn more about Other Vision Correction Procedures.
What are the risks?
There are risks with the laser vision correction procedure. However, the chance of having a vision reducing complication has been documented in a number of clinical studies to be minimal. Remember, millions of people have had excellent results from LASIK.
Some potential complications include conditions such as dryness, complications in making the surgical flap, night glare, under or over-correction, and loss of best-corrected vision.
These and other risks of the surgery are discussed fully with you prior to the procedure. Proper pre-operative screening ensures that we proceed with the procedure only when it is medically advisable. Also, diligent post-operative care helps to identify and address any potential healing complications.
What are the costs?
There is a time to hunt for the cheapest price, but when dealing with your own eyes and vision for the rest of your life, this is not one of those times! When considering a discount laser center, make sure you know exactly what is covered. Many times discount laser centers do not include the cost of post-op visits, post-op medications or enhancements in their advertised price. In some instances, you may need to make arrangements for your own follow-up and you pay for each post-op visit. So is it really cheaper in the long run?
Many medical insurances do not cover vision correction procedures. However, you can use your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) to cover the costs. We also offer 0% financing through CareCredit if paid in full within 12 months.
At CLEARVIEW Eye & Laser in Seattle and Burien, we are always up-front about the total cost of your procedure and we stand behind our work.