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LASIK is a surgical procedure for vision correction. Each year, more than a million people undergo LASIK to treat their myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism and become glasses-free. No more contacts or glasses, no more hassle!
A LASIK procedure takes only a few minutes to complete. Patients remain awake and comfortable during the entire procedure. Most patients report little, if any, discomfort.
Our LASIK procedures are performed in the comfort and safety of a specially designed laser suite at the Berkeley Eye Center. To help reduce possible risks and complications, factors such as humidity, temperature and overall air quality are closely monitored and maintained.
Berkeley Eye Center is proud to announce the addition of the 5th Generation iFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser- now in our laser centers in Houston, Katy, and The Woodlands.
The iFS Laser is used in the form of LASIK called iLASIK, a 100% blade-free, all-laser LASIK procedure. Our 5th Generation iFS lasers are the latest in iFS technology, and we are one of few practices in Houston using the 5th generation iFS technology.
Increased Safety & Precision:
Several types of LASIK are available. When considering your vision correction procedure, it is important to understand exactly what kind of treatment you will receive.
Berkeley Eye Center performs 100% blade-free all-laser ilASIK using an Intralase. This prcedure is also called IntraLASIK. The first step in Laser Vision Correction is creating a very thin flap of tissue that is folded back during treatment. The second step is reshaping the exposed surface with the Excimer laser and replacing the flap.
The iLASIK difference is in the first step. Some practices still use a mechanical, bladed device called a microkeratome to create the flap. With the bladed style microkeratome there was an increased risk of complications such as corneal abrasions, irregular flaps, as well as button-hole flaps. The iLASIK procedure uses an Intralase, which is a second laser to create the flap. Using an Intralase offers added safety for patients by eliminating the blade. Berkeley Eye Center offers the iLASIK procedure.
For more information on iLASIK or IntraLASIK, please visit their website at: www.intralase.com
Since the late 1990s, conventional LASIK has been the procedure of choice for surgeons worldwide in their effort to reduce and eliminate the public’s dependence on corrective eyewear. In conventional LASIK using Wavefront Optimized, the patient’s prescription is entered into the laser for treatment.
Today, leading surgeons like our doctors are taking LASIK to the next level with CustomVue™, a Wavefront Custom laser procedure approved by the FDA. During the CustomVue™ procedure, diagnostic information gathered during the WaveFront scanning process is fed directly into our VISX Star S4 eye-tracking laser.
Just like your fingerprint and DNA, the information fed into the laser is unique to your eyes only. Each of your eyes will receive its own custom laser procedure, with no two custom procedures in the world being identical.
At Berkeley Eye Center, we use the VisX Star S4 eye-tracking laser with Iris Registration. Eye-tracking means that the laser shifts with the eye as it follows the landmarks on the eye. Iris Registration is a non-contact method for aligning the advanced CustomVue procedure. We are able to take photos of landmarks on each individual’s iris so that the laser correctly centers and aligns the treatment on the iris. With Iris Registration, there is no possibility of treating a wrong eye or the wrong patient.
To schedule an appointment, please call our office at 713-526-3937 or Request Free LASIK Consultation.
Most patients are very pleased with the results of their refractive surgery. However, like any other medical procedure, there are risks involved. That’s why it is important for you to understand the limitations and possible complications of refractive surgery. Before undergoing a refractive procedure, you should carefully weigh the risks and benefits based on your own personal value system, and try to avoid being influenced by friends that have had the procedure or doctors encouraging you to do so.
Long-term data are not available. LASIK is a relatively new technology. The first laser was approved for LASIK eye surgery in 1998. Therefore, the long-term safety and effectiveness of LASIK surgery is not known.
As with any surgical procedure there are risks associated with CustomVue TM treatments. It is important to discuss these risks with your doctor before you make the decision to have the surgery. If the results of the surgery are not satisfactory, you may need to have additional laser treatment in the same eye. Your doctor may perform CustomVue LASIK for both eyes. However, sometimes it is better to have this procedure done on only one eye. Talk with your doctor about whether it would be better to treat one or both of your eyes.
Some risks are related to the creation of the corneal flap. Corneal flap complications include but are not limited to: cutting an incomplete, irregular flap or free flap; misalignment of the flap; and perforation of the cornea. Corneal flap complications range in severity from those that simply require the treatment to be postponed for several months, to those which create corneal irregularities resulting in permanently blurred vision.
You may need reading glasses after laser surgery even if you did not wear them before. Your vision may not be perfect, and you may need to wear glasses or contact lenses for some activities even after laser vision correction.
If you have any of the following situations or conditions you should not have LASIK because the risk is greater than the benefit:
WHYYYYY DIDN T I DO IT BEFORE...That s what I m still thinking after a week of having LASIK. From the moment of my first visit, Berkeley Eye Center was very professional, competent, friendly and extra amiable :) The procedure was quick and I haven t had any side effects. I see 20/15 in one eye and 20/20 in the other. It feels so good to not have to worry about contacts or eye glasses. Thanks Berkeley Eye Center for the good care!!!"
I CAN SEE!!!! I am so very grateful for the exceptional experience and services I received from the staff at Berkeley Eye Center. From consultation to follow-up visits/exams after receiving LASIK surgery, I have nothing but glowing remarks toward this office. NO SIDE EFFECTS, NO PAIN, LOTS OF CARE AND NO (negative) SURPRISES. I see 20/20 now and am favorably impressed in all aspects of the process. THANK YOU FOR TAKING SUCH GREAT CARE OF ME AND MY EYES. :)"