LASIK, Epi-LASIK & PRK
The Horizon Difference
Seeking freedom from glasses and contact lenses? Come see the world as it should be seen, in vibrant beautiful color! Horizon LASIK is THE choice for laser vision correction.
When considering LASIK and other laser-refractive procedures, you want the leading providers in the industry. Horizon Eye Care is this area's market leader in refractive surgery. Drs. Howard Gross, Matthew Perez and Nicole Pritz bring their years of surgical expertise to every procedure. We are committed to helping you make the decision that is right for you. Contact the Horizon Eye Care team for a complimentary personal consultation. Our expert physicians will discuss your refractive surgery options and develop a customized plan to give you the clear vision of your dreams. We are the only eye care center in the region to offer you two years complimentary Horizon LASIK follow-up care.
- Topography - a mapping of the cornea, shows curvatures of the cornea and also assists in detecting eye diseases.
- Keratometry - measures the shape and curvature of the cornea and helps to determine the presence and /or amount of astigmatism.
- Fundus Exam - Our physician examines your lens and retina to ensure it is healthy.
- Slit Lamp Exam - this is the microscope, which helps determine the health of the cornea. The tonometer on the microscope is how we measure the amount of pressure in your eyes to rule out glaucoma.
- Pachymeter - this measures the thickness of your cornea
- Wavescan - WaveScan technology provides a measurement and a visual representation of your vision based on the behavior of light waves. It compares light passing through your eye to the same light pattern from an eye that needs no vision correction. The WavePrint Map is the output of the WaveScan, it captures the unique imperfections of a person's visual path.
Pupil size in the dark is very important when looking at whether or not you are a candidate for Horizon LASIK. Once we have obtained accurate measurements and ensured overall healthiness of the eye, the next step is to simply schedule a date for your Horizon Lasik procedure. We will then see you in our accredited surgery center.
How LASIK Works
Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a safe, reliable and painless way to improve vision by changing the way light is bent, or refracted, as it passes through the cornea, so that it properly focuses on the retina and allows objects to be seen clearly.
During the LASIK procedure, the surgeon creates a thin flap in the surface of the cornea with a device called a microkeratome. Keep in mind that we are using numbing drops so you will not feel any pain during the procedure, nor will you have that sensation of needing to blink. The corneal flap is then lifted and an excimer laser beam reshapes the cornea's curvature to improve vision. Finally, the flap is placed back to its original position. The entire procedure takes about 15 to 30 minutes.
The ideal LASIK candidate includes someone who is over 18 years old, has stable vision and has a healthy cornea that is thick enough for a flap. After undergoing the procedure, patients often experience rapid vision improvement and can sometimes return to work the very next day. Offering Wavefront Lasik technology which corrects even minor imperfections that affect your vision giving you a more customized treatment.
Alternatives to LASIK
For the vast majority of Horizon's patients wishing to minimize or eliminate their dependence on glasses or contact lenses, LASIK will be the procedure of choice. If you are not a candidate for LASIK, your doctor may recommend one of these alternate methods of vision correction.
Epi-LASIK (Epithelial Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomeleusis), PRK and LASEK are all Advanced Surface Ablation procedures that involve 1. the removal of the epithelium layer of the cornea (PRK) or 2. the creation of an epithelial flap (Epi-LASIK and LASEK). The Excimer laser is then used to correct the prescription by reshaping the corneal tissue. The only difference in these three procedures is the way the superficial eye skin is removed.
The main premise between Epi-LASIK, PRK and LASEK is that no corneal flap is made. Healing takes longer than with LASIK, but the visual results are the same. With these surface treatments, there is no risk of a flap complication (with LASIK the risk is less than 1%). The disadvantage is that there is a longer healing process and visual results are not as quick.
What to Expect
We tell our patients to expect to be at the laser center for 1-2 hours. During this time, you will be handing in your consent forms, taking medication to relax you, and having a small talk about what to expect during and after the procedure. You will be given a special post-op packet with anti-inflammatory eye drops, lubricating drops and protective goggles. You will also receive a pair of darker sunglasses that protect you from sun rays on all sides of the eye (your eye may be light sensitive for a few days).
The actual procedure takes approximately 15 minutes for both eyes. Drs. Howard Gross, Matthew Perez and Nicole Pritz are wonderful at helping you relax during the entire process. Rest assured you are in the safe hands of an excellent, well-experienced surgeon.
Following the surgery, you lay back and relax. Shortly after, our doctors will follow-up and make sure everything is proceeding smoothly. With their final "OK", you are able to go home.
A family member or friend should be driving you home where you should get some rest. We suggest you go home and sleep for a few hours. The next day, you should be able to return to work, however, you need a follow-up visit with one of our doctors that day.
To see if you are a candidate for the Horizon Lasik Procedure, call us at 609-822-4242 to make an appointment for your FREE screening.
How do I determine if I am a candidate?
The ideal patient is over 18 years of age and has healthy corneas. Horizon LASIK treats nearsightedness, astigmatism and farsightedness. People with certain medical conditions or women who are pregnant may not be good candidates. To find out if you are a candidate call to schedule your free consultation.
Is it painful?
No. The Horizon LASIK procedure is painless. Anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye. Following the procedure there may be slight discomfort, but the irritation is minor and usually disappears within a few hours.
Is laser vision correction permanent?
Yes, the laser correction is permanent. However, it does not prevent age-related conditions such as presbyopia or cataracts from developing. These conditions can still be treated in their normal manner.
Could I get an infection?
Infections following laser surgery are extremely rare. We work to avoid this possibility by issuing antibiotic drops taken for four days after the surgery.
How long does the treatment take?
The procedure takes less than 10 minutes per eye. The actual laser functions for less than a minute. However, expect to be in the laser center for 1-2 hours.
How soon can I resume normal activity and/or go back to work?
You can return to work the day following your Horizon LASIK procedure. Normal activity may also resume the next day. The only restrictions involve rigorous activity, including no swimming for a week after surgery.
Does insurance cover laser vision correction?
Most insurance companies do not cover the procedure. Horizon LASIK is considered an elective cosmetic procedure and therefore not covered. There may be a tax deduction depending on your filing status. For that you would need to consult your accountant.
Does your office offer a payment plan?
Yes, Horizon Eye Care does offer a payment plan. The application process is easy and takes less than an hour for approval.
Ask us about our Care Credit financing options!
What kind of follow-up care will I need?
Follow-up care is included in your procedure as well as all preoperative tests. The schedule for follow-up care includes post-operative visits: The day after the procedure, one week, one month, three months, one year and two years later.
What will my recovery be like?
You will notice a dramatic difference immediately following your Horizon LASIK procedure. Most patients, who could not read the clock before the exam, get out of the chair and immediately look at the time. However, every patient's experience is different, and it is not unusual to have some blurred vision directly following the procedure.
Can I talk to someone who has had Horizon LASIK?
Absolutely, our patients would love to share their Horizon LASIK experience with you. Manny, our Laser Vision Coordinator, will help reach some of those patients.
What is CustomVue™ laser vision correction?
VISX CustomVue™ laser vision correction is an individualized laser vision correction treatment that is WaveScan-guided. This enables a doctor to measure and correct unique imperfections in each individual's vision that could never be measured before with standard methods used for glasses and contact lenses. With the CustomVue procedure, nearsighted and astigmatic individuals have the potential to achieve a new level of vision that we call "Personal Best Vision".
What do you mean by Personal Best Vision?
Personal Best Vision refers to the new level of laser vision correction that can be achieved with the CustomVue procedure. Since WaveScan technology can measure and correct imperfections that are unique to each individual's vision with 25 times more precision than standard measurements for glasses and contact lenses, individuals can potentially achieve the best possible vision for their eyes.
How does the CustomVue procedure work?
First, the WaveScan technology measures the imperfections in the eyes and produces a WavePrint® Map. Much like a fingerprint, no two WavePrint maps are alike. Then, the treatment information is transferred to the VISX STAR S4™ laser. The doctor then uses that information to fine-tune the procedure thereby providing a new level of precision and accuracy.
What can the CustomVue procedure do for me?
As shown in the clinical study, CustomVue laser vision correction has the potential to produce better vision than is possible with glasses and contact lenses. It tailors a distinct correction for each individual-in fact each treatment is "designed" by the unique characteristics of your individual eye.