With a combined total of 30 years experience in eye surgery, both Dr. Stoken and Dr. Wagner work diligently to provide expertise you can trust. Patients can choose from a number of different laser vision correction options, including the latest advancement — All Laser LASIK.
What is All Laser LASIK?
Every LASIK eye surgery starts with Step One – the creation of a corneal flap. Doctors have traditionally performed Step One using a hand-held device with an oscillating metal blade, called a microkeratome.
This method has produced results that are considered good, but the All Laser LASIK uses what is known as the Intralase laser, which produces results that are even better. The IntraLase laser replaces the hand-held microkeratome blade with a silent, computer-guided laser. Then, the Allegretto Wave Excimer Laser is used for refractive treatment. The precision of the laser produces a greater assurance of a safer procedure and an excellent result. This new procedure virtually eliminates all complications caused by blades during laser surgery.
Am I a candidate?
The ideal candidate for laser vision correction / LASIK should:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have stable vision for at least a year prior to the procedure
- Be free of certain diseases of the cornea and retina
- Be in good general health
- Not be pregnant or less than 6 months post partum
- Not be breastfeeding for the last 6 months
Aside from these general requirements, we recommend you have a number of visual tests to determine whether you are a LASIK candidate. We will perform these tests in our office and the cost of the tests is included in the cost of your All Laser LASIK procedure.
It is important to note that even if it is determined that you are not currently a LASIK candidate; it does not mean that you will not be a candidate as new technology becomes available. Laser vision correction / LASIK is not for everyone and some patients (for example, those with certain diseases of the eye involving the cornea or retina) will never be candidates.
The best way to determine if you are a viable candidate for All Laser LASIK is to schedule a consultation.
Stoken Wagner Ophthalmic Associates provides financing options through CareCredit. For more information on financing your LASIK or laser vision correction please call our office or ask during your free consultation.
What to expect with your Laser Vision Correction Procedure
Day of Surgery
On the day of your procedure, you should arrive at the laser center as relaxed and rested as possible and allow approximately two hours for the entire process.
First, you will be put through a comprehensive preparation process including the administration of mild eye drops to numb your eyes. You may choose to have a mild sedative prior to your procedure. Then, you will enter the laser suite for treatment, which only takes a few minutes per eye.
Many All Laser LASIK patients describe feelings of eager anticipation and nervousness before their procedure, so rest assured with the knowledge that these feelings are normal. We have found that most patients’ anxiety subsides as they see others going through the process before them.
Dr. Stoken and Dr. Wagner both have had extensive training on all aspects of LASIK and laser vision correction.
We use the information from your eye exam to program the state-of-the-art computer software that calculates the required corneal change and then helps the laser create this change. The Laser Center team programs and operates the laser, maintaining complete control throughout your procedure.
Once your procedure is complete you will be able to go home almost immediately to rest. Additional drops will be placed in your eyes and medication may be prescribed for use over the next few days.
Following the All Laser LASIK procedure, an eye shield will be placed over your eye(s). The eye shield is typically worn at bedtime, for several days.
Most patients notice dramatic visual results within the first 24 hours following the procedure and are able to resume all of their regular activities the next day.
It is important to understand that follow-up care is as vital to your results as the actual procedure. Make sure that you see our doctors for all of your regularly scheduled post-op appointments and then on an annual basis to monitor the health of your eyes.
While laser vision correction has proven to be overwhelmingly successful in reducing dependence on glasses and contact lenses, the degree of improvement may vary from individual to individual. Dr. Stoken may perform an enhancement within the first few months after your procedure if you and he agree that an enhancement could be beneficial.
An overwhelming majority of our patients report a dramatic impact the procedure has had on their lives, enabling them to enjoy everyday activities in a way they could not before All Laser LASIK!
Benefits of All Laser LASIK
- All Laser LASIK is the biggest advancement in Laser Vision Correction since LASIK was introduced a decade ago.
- It is enriched with the IntraLase laser, where traditional blade LASIK is only part laser.
- Improved surgeon control and flexibility translates directly into unprecedented safety for our patients and IntraLase exceeds the performance standards of current mechanical microkeratomes (blades).
- All Laser LASIK virtually eliminates all complications caused by blades, the most common cause of LASIK complication.
- The greater post-operative stability of the corneal flap created with Intralase greatly reduces the likelihood of post-operative flap complications.