LASIK, or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is the most technologically advanced method of vision correction available to patients today. This refractive surgery procedure offered at Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center in Roseville, CA involves creating a thin flap in the cornea of the eye, and then precisely reshaping underlying corneal tissue with a surgical laser to correct visual errors. The result is long-lasting, clearer eyesight with no need for glasses or contact lenses any longer. Our board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Wilmarth can take the time to meet with every patient and discuss their needs and goals.
Types of LASIK
There are many options to choose from when considering laser vision correction. One of the most important aspects to understand before getting LASIK surgery is knowing the difference between a blade (traditional) and bladeless procedure. The difference between LASIK with or without a blade refers to the technology used to create a thin, hinged flap in the cornea. Once the flap is created, Dr. Wilmarth reshapes the corneal tissue underneath with a precision surgical laser to correct refractive errors affecting the vision.
Traditional LASIK uses a small surgical instrument called a microkeratome blade to cut the flap. After the flap is lifted and corneal tissue adjusted, the flap is put back in place to heal.
Bladeless LASIK, on the other hand, is an advanced version of the procedure. Instead of a microkeratome blade, Dr. Wilmarth uses a device called a femtosecond laser. The femtosecond laser creates a flap by breaking apart cells in the cornea rather than cutting into them. As with traditional LASIK, Dr. Wilmarth will put the flap back in place to heal once the bladeless LASIK procedure is over.
"Fantastic experience throughout the pre-op, the procedure itself, and the couple of post-op appointments I've had so far. I went in for moderate to severe hyperopia (far-sightedness), so I would get heavy eye fatigue and lose focus when reading text or small print for any longer than a few minutes. After the Lasik, I now have 20/15 visual acuity and can read for hours without eye fatigue. While it is a significant financial outlay, I was not looking for the discount-chain "99 cent store" type of place to operate on my eyes; I was looking for the best of the best, and I can confidently say that is what you get if you go to Wilmarth Eye and Laser. Thank you again doc!Nick"- N.R. / Yelp / Oct 19, 2017
"An easy and professional Lasik procedure! A great experience for a medical operation and you can't ask for better hands."- D.R. / Facebook / Jan 17, 2018
What to Expect
Performed on an outpatient basis, LASIK takes roughly 15 minutes to complete. Once the procedure is over, Dr. Wilmarth will reposition the flap back in place so it can heal naturally. LASIK surgery addresses refractive errors in the eye where the cornea doesn’t effectively focus light on the retina.
Depending on the type of LASIK treatment performed, the process will vary slightly. Dr. Wilmarth prefers to use bladeless LASIK at his Sacramento area office, using the Ziemer laser system to create the flap and finishing with the WaveLight® EX500 Excimer laser. After years of performing laser eye surgery, Dr. Wilmarth has found that the bladeless procedure creates a better flap, leading to key benefits like:
- Improved LASIK results
- Reduced risk of complications
- Less need for revision surgery as patients get older
In addition to long-lasting vision correction, LASIK is very safe and boasts one of the highest success rates of any surgical procedure. Studies place patient satisfaction as high as 98%. Other benefits include:
- Almost immediate vision correction results
- Minimal downtime after the procedure
- A virtually painless procedure
Correcting vision with LASIK can not only change how patients see, but makes it easier to pursue hobbies, athletic activities, and career endeavors more freely without the inconvenience posed by glasses or contacts.
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See More Clearly
If you're ready to see more clearly without the pain and hassle of wearing glasses or contacts all day, then our team invites you to consider LASIK, one of the most advanced, sought after laser vision correction surgeries on the market. Our ophthalmologist is highly skilled and experienced in performing this procedure and can discuss all of your needs and concerns beforehand. Call our office today.