Refractive Surgery

(Such as LASIK)

For the 162 million people in the U.S. who wear glasses or contacts, LASIK is truly a dream come true. Imagine seeing the alarm clock in the morning, enjoying skiing, swimming, and playing tennis without relying on glasses or contacts. You will not believe your eyes!

Using the"cool" light of the Excimer laser, this exciting, life-changing procedure takes only minutes to perform and can reduce or eliminate a lifetime of dependence on glasses and contact lenses.

LASIK corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. You could be one of the 1.5 million Americans expected to undergo LASIK this year. In fact, LASIK has become the most popular elective surgery in the country.

In order for the eye to focus light clearly on the retina, the cornea (outer window of the eye), must be of the proper curvature. Using a "cool" light beam from the Excimer laser, very minute quantities of corneal tissue are removed, predictably altering the shape of the cornea and in turn correcting the refractive error.

The Tri-State Centers for Sight pioneered LASIK surgery in Cincinnati, and continue to use the most advanced techniques available in corrective surgery to achieve optimum vision. For the past 28 years, the Tri-State Centers For Sight have achieved the highest level of patient care, as our doctors provide personalized attention to each patient before, during and after surgery. Our experienced team of doctors can help change the way you see the world.

LASIK or Laser in-Situ Keratomileusis corrects vision by reshaping the corneal tissue beneath the surface of the cornea rather than on the surface. LASIK combines the accuracy of the Excimer laser with the healing benefits of a surgical procedure called Lamellar Keratoplasty, performed on a limited basis since 1949, to treat higher levels of nearsightedness and moderate amounts of farsightedness.

After the eye has been completely numbed using"eye drop" anesthesia, an eyelid holder is placed between the lids to prevent blinking. Next, an instrument called a microkeratome makes a protective flap in the cornea.

During this process, you may feel a little pressure, but no discomfort. You will be asked to look directly at a target light while the laser reshapes the cornea. The cornea is made flatter to treat nearsightedness, steeper to treat farsightedness and more spherical to treat astigmatism . Next, the protective flap is folded back in place where it bonds without the need for stitches.

Because LASIK is performed under a protective layer of tissue, there is less surface area to heal, less risk of corneal haze, less postoperative discomfort, less need for postoperative medication and vision returns more rapidly, often within a day or two. LASIK can also treat a higher range of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

LASEK or Custom Surface Ablation differs from LASIK in that a corneal flap is not cut. Only the surface epithelium, or skin of the eye, is removed. The laser treatment is performed on the front of the eye and the epithelium heals back over the treated surface. With current Excimer Laser technologies and medications protocols healing times, post operative discomfort and overall risks have dramatically improved. Let our team of skilled Doctors determine which procedure is right for you.

What Is Nearvision CK?

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NearVision CK is Changing People's Lives. Soon, you could be able to do these things without reading glasses:

CK (conductive keratoplasty) has become the fastest-growing new refractive procedure since the introduction of LASIK . A survey of Baby Boomers found that 2/3 of those surveyed would consider having an elective procedure to reduce their dependence on reading glasses. A full 42 percent ranked CK as their number-one choice, citing its non-invasive method and safety as the primary reasons for their preference.

Instead of using a laser or scalpel, controlled radio waves gently change the shape of the cornea to improve vision, giving NearVision CK one of the highest safety profiles among all refractive eye procedures. More than 20 years of research into this technique have established the depth and temperature necessary to achieve refractive change.

How does it work?

Using a probe thinner than a strand of human hair, CK applies radio waves in a circular pattern on the outer cornea to shrink small areas of collagen. This shrinkage pattern creates a constrictive band (like the tightening of a belt), increasing the overall curvature of the cornea to bring near-vision back into focus for Baby Boomers.

Radiofrequency energy is one of todays most advanced surgical technologies. In addition to its use in CK, RF technology is being used in prostate cancer therapy, back surgery, even cardiovascular procedures.

NearVision is typically performed on just one eye, restoring near vision without compromising the patient's binocular distance vision. Healing time is rapid with most patients returning to work the following day.

Benefits of Nearvision CK

CK eye surgery is the first and only procedure specifically for Baby Boomers who want freedom from their reading glasses. CK eye surgery:

  • uses controlled radio waves, instead of a laser or scapel, to change the shape of the cornea and bring near vision back into focus
  • is laser-free and extremely safe: There is no cutting and no removal of tissue
  • is minimally invasive and painless
  • is fast: the procedure is performed in under three minutes
  • is easy to undergo: it is performed right in our office with only eye drop anesthesia

NearVision CK Results:

  • 98 percent of patients could see J5 (magazine and newspaper-size print) in the eye that was treated at the 12 month visit.
  • 87 percent of patients cold see 20/20 and read J3 or phonebook-size print (significantly smaller than news print) 12 months after having NearVision CK.
  • CK doesn't stop the clock from ticking, but it can turn back the hands so Baby Boomers can see near again.

LASEK or Custom Surface Ablation differs from LASIK in that a corneal flap is not cut. Only the surface epithelium, or skin of the eye, is removed. The laser treatment is performed on the front of the eye and the epithelium heals back over the treated surface. With current Excimer Laser technologies and medications protocols healing times, post operative discomfort and overall risks have dramatically improved. Let our team of skilled Doctors determine which procedure is right for you.

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