Laser vision correction changes the way you see the world–AND the way the world sees you. With laser vision correction, you may be able to reduce, or eliminate, the daily hassles of eyeglasses and contact lenses.
Dr. Senft offers “PRK” (photorefractive keratectomy), to candidates who have successfully undergone an evaluation. Millions of people are experiencing the best vision of their lives thanks to PRK. The procedure corrects for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, improving visual focus by reshaping the surface of the cornea.
PRK takes only a few minutes and requires no stitches. The vast majority of patients who undergo PRK are able to pass a driver’s exam without glasses, or contacts. Your eyes and situation are unique, so why settle for a standard treatment? When it comes to laser vision correction, one size does not fit all!
As with any medical procedure, there are may questions and concerns raised by patients considering Laser vision correction. Check out our FAQ page to see the answers to some common questions.
- Laser Vision Correction FAQs
Is Laser Vision Correction Painful?
Although you may experience pressure at some points during the procedure, you should not experience pain. Anesthetic drops are applied to numb your eye and you will receive oral medication as well. A painless lid separator device is utilized so you don’t have to concern yourself with blinking. You will be awake, alert, and comfortable throughout the procedure and Dr. Senft will walk you through the entire process describing every step. Regarding PRK, you may experience some discomfort for a few days postoperatively, but drops will assist in soothing your eyes as they continue to heal.
Are Both Eyes Treated At The Same Time?
Most of the time both eyes are corrected during the same procedure. But, in some circumstances, only one eye requires Laser correction.
How Long Is The Procedure?
You will be under the microscope for 20 minutes from the time you lay down on the table until you are told to sit up. The excimer laser takes 10 seconds to a minute depending on the amount of correction that is needed.
How Long Will I Be At The Laser Center?
Be prepared to be at the surgery center for one to one and a half hours. During this time you will sign paperwork, get situated in the laser suite, relax following your treatment, and receive your first post-operative slit lamp exam from Dr. Senft.
How Many Days Am I Required To Miss Work?
The demands of your occupation will determine the length of time Dr. Senft requires you to request off. Often times his recommendation is done on a case by case basis. For example, if you work in an office setting you can return to work in approximately two days. On the other hand, if you have a physically demanding job you will need to take off 2 weeks or more in order to protect your eyes from the environmental elements you come in contact with on a daily basis.
Will I Need To Wear Reading Glasses After Laser Vision Correction?
Laser Vision Correction does not address presbyopia, a condition that everyone over the age of 40 experiences where focusing ability decreases overtime and reading glasses are required for near vision. If patients are not experiencing these symptoms at the time of their laser correction they will eventually need to wear reading glasses. Ask if you are a candidate for MONOVISION. This may be an option if you were ever able to tolerate the optical difference when one eye is set for near and the other for distance.
When Can I Safely Start Exercising After The Procedure?
It is OK to begin aerobic or isometric exercise the day after your Laser Vision procedure after you have your 1 Day post-operative exam with Dr. Senft, but avoid heavy lifting or straining. Always wear protective eyewear. Avoid any sports or activities which could include physical contact with your eyes.
When Can I Drive After The Procedure?
You cannot drive the day of or the day after the procedure and need to make arrangements for someone to drive you to the laser center as well as your 1 Day post-operative appointment in the Neptune office. You will see Dr. Senft one day after your procedure to test your vision. If your uncorrected vision meets the legal requirement of the Division of Motor Vehicle you can resume driving.
We know Laser Vision Correction surgery is an important decision, so Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates takes great care to determine what’s best for you, our patient. That’s why we offer OptiLASIK™ Laser Vision Correction, the most advanced and trusted surgery available today.
OptiLASIK™ Laser Vision Correction Goes Beyond Traditional LASIK Treatments
Even though everyone’s eyes are unique, in the past, Laser Vision Correction surgery had to be pretty much the same for everyone. It simply corrected your vision based on your current glasses or contact lens prescription. But OptiLASIK™ Laser Vision Correction is much more advanced than that.
It uses the innovative diagnostic technology of the Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Laser System to create a detailed “map” of your eyes. By using your map as a guide, Dr. Senft is able to personalize the LASIK procedure for your best results, quickly and safely. And because OptiLASIK™ Laser Vision Correction is so precise and accurate, it opens the doors for many people with myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism who weren’t eligible for LASIK in the past.
OptiLASIK™ Laser Vision Correction Assurance and Comfort
The OptiLASIK™ Laser Vision Correction method has been used successfully on hundreds of thousands of eyes with exceptional results. Our commitment is to provide you with the ultimate in comfort, safety, and outstanding vision. OptiLASIK™ Laser Vision Correction can help you achieve all of this—while it delivers the added assurance of knowing you’re being treated with the most advanced technology there is.
The Outcomes Speak For Themselves
OptiLASIK™ Laser Vision Correction patients describe their vision as nothing short of life changing. After surgery, most patients can see as well as, or even better than, they did with glasses or contact lenses: 93% of nearsighted patients in the clinical trial submitted for approval of the laser saw 20/20 or better and 83% of farsighted patients saw 20/25 or better. What’s more, patients were so happy with the results that 97% would recommend OptiLASIK™ Laser Vision Correction to their friends.
With its surgical accuracy and ability to address your unique vision needs, OptiLASIK™ Laser Vision Correction could completely change the way you see the world. Call us at 732-774-5566 option 4 to find out if it’s right for you.
What is “PRK”?
LASIK vision correction remains the most well-known procedure for reshaping the cornea to correct vision, but it may not be the ideal procedure for some––especially for those whose corneas are too thin or those with larger pupils. Fortunately, Dr. Senft can offer many of these patients an option: PRK. Similar to Bladeless LASIK, PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) offers a precision laser procedure that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
How PRK Differs from Bladeless LASIK
A state-of-the-art excimer laser is used to perform the procedure. The fundamental difference between the two is that Bladeless LASIK requires the creation of a flap, and PRK treats the surface of the cornea, requiring no flap.
The procedure itself is comfortable, as drops are used to numb the eye, but the recovery requires a bit more time than Bladeless LASIK. Following the procedure, PRK patients often experience mild-to-moderate discomfort that can be relieved with medication. At the conclusion of the procedure, a temporary contact lens will be placed on the treated eye to act as a bandage during the first few days of the recovery period. Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops are also prescribed to apply to the treated area as the surface of the cornea continues to heal.