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My goal
 Improve understanding
 of this life-changing
 treatment
 Clear up confusion
 Address questions and
 concerns
LASIK
    Great option – but not for everyone
    95% satisfaction rate worldwide
    Works well for carefully selected candidates
Brief History
     Excimer laser approved by FDA in 1995
     First treatment was PRK
     Surgeons soon began using LASIK
     Faster healing with minimal discomfort
LASIK Today
    Most common vision correcting
    surgery
    Over 4 million Americans
    treated each year
    Sophisticated techniques and
    technology
Misleading myths
     All surgeons achieve excellent results
     The surgeon’s role is minimal
     High-tech lasers do all the work
     It’s good to shop for the lowest price
The truth is...
      The surgeon’s skill has everything
      to do with good results
      Although uncommon, things can
      go wrong so you want the best
      Results are excellent for good
      candidates who make right
      choices
How eyes see
 Take in 75% of all
 you perceive
 See 7 million
 shades of color
 Distinguish 10
 million shades of light
How eyes see

     cornea                 retina

                     lens
              iris
Four focusing problems
    1. Nearsightedness
    2. Farsightedness
    3. Astigmatism
    4. Presbyopia – need for reading glasses

   LASIK treats the first 3
Normal eye

Light focuses
on the retina
Nearsightedness


Eye is too long
Farsightedness

Eye is too short
Astigmatism

Two focal points
Presbyopia

Lose ability to change
focus from far to near
Excimer Laser
Excimer Laser
    Cool beam of ultra violet light
    Breaks molecular bonds between cells
    Vaporizes tissue one microscopic layer
    at a time
Average treatment




    Removes less tissue than the
    thickness of a human hair.
         Thin flap is created




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         Gently folded back




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       Laser removes tissue




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           Flap is replaced




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     Flap edges heal quickly




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Surgeon’s role is critical
     Not easy surgery to perform
     Skill and judgment make a big difference
     Directly controls laser details
     Handles any complications that occur
Selecting a
skilled surgeon is difficult
      Abilities and results vary widely
      Surgeons can’t honestly judge their own skills
      Desire to perform surgery can result in
      aggressive screening
      Don’t select a surgeon on cost alone
Right about
then, Bill began
to doubt his
choice of the
lowest priced
laser center.
Trust your family
Optometrist
     Has an insider’s view
     Doesn’t do surgery but sees good
     and bad outcomes
     Provides before and after surgery care
     Guides patients to skilled surgeons
As an Optometric
Physician I regulary
    Screen candidates
    Help them understand what outcomes
    they can reasonably expect
    Guide them to trusted surgeons
Who qualifies?
     Correctable problems
     Over 18 years of age
     Stable vision
     No complicating injuries or diseases
     Realistic expectations
LASIK is life
changing for people
who make good
choices
Questions

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