Do you want better vision? Are glasses or contacts making your life difficult?
If you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, LASIK can reduce or eliminate your need for glasses or contact lenses.
Dr. Justin Coco at Pearl Street Eye in Boulder, CO, can perform LASIK eye surgery to dramatically enhance your vision...
What Is LASIK Eye Surgery?
LASIK is eye surgery that corrects common vision problems such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism, common problems we deal with every day at Pearl Street Eye in Boulder.
The procedure eliminates or greatly reduces your reliance on prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. The term "LASIK" is an acronym for "laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis," which is the most popular refractive surgery in the United States.
During surgery, the cornea is reshaped so that light entering the eye focuses correctly on the retina, which allows for clearer vision. Reshaping the cornea works in much the same way you focus a camera. By adjusting the lens in a camera, you change the way light enters (a process called refraction), which affects focus.
When it comes to your eyes, the surgeon uses a precise laser to shape the cornea and correct refractive errors on the corneal surface so that light entering the eye focuses correctly.
Will I Be Happy With the Results?
Are You Ready to See More Clearly? Trust Your Eyes to a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist
Are the limitations of prescription lenses causing you to consider LASIK surgery? Are you looking for a LASIK surgeon you can trust?
People whose eyesight is essential to their careers, from professional athletes to other physicians, have put their trust in refractive surgery specialist Dr. Justin Coco at Pearl Street Eye in Boulder, Colorado.
Dr. Coco has been in practice since 2010 and he is board-certified in osteopathic ophthalmology. He specializes in cataract surgery, LASIK, PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), and Visian™ ICL.
He has in-depth experience and uses cutting-edge technology to offer patients LASIK surgery tailored to their individual needs. To get definitive answers about how to improve your eyesight, request a consultation online or call:
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Did You Know There are different types of LASIK surgery?
Traditional LASIK improves the eyesight of patients with lower-order aberrations such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
In performing a traditional LASIK surgery, Dr. Coco at Pearl Street Eye in Boulder uses a precision excimer laser to delicately reshape the cornea and improve your eyesight. The surgery typically takes just 15 minutes.
Traditional LASIK, which has been an effective treatment for refractive errors since the 1990s, can correct your vision to the same degree as your prescription lenses. This allows many patients to do away with glasses and contacts altogether.
Traditional LASIK Can Help Patients:
- Who are over 18
- Have stable vision, with no need for a new glasses prescription in the last year
- With lower-order aberrations (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism)
- Who are not satisfied with vision correction provided by their eyeglasses or contact lenses
- With normal pupil sizes
- Who are not pregnant or breastfeeding (hormonal fluctuations during these phases can affect your vision)
Custom Wavefront LASIK
Custom Wavefront LASIK, another popular treatment at Pearl Street Eye in Boulder, uses cutting-edge technology that allows for sharper vision than can be achieved with traditional LASIK.
Traditional LASIK surgery is not as precise as custom Wavefront LASIK. The traditional method can only correct to the same level as your prescription lenses. That's a limitation because prescription lenses come in set sizes, like shoes. In an ideal world, you may need a shoe size of 9.25, but the closest option you have is a 9 or 9.5. The traditional eye exam matches your eyes to a lens in the same incremental way.
Custom Wavefront LASIK overcomes these limitations by using light to create a highly detailed "map" of your eye, noting all the irregularities that may affect your vision. These are what eye specialists call aberrations, and they are as unique as your fingerprint.
This information is captured in a "wavefront map" of your eye, which is used to custom-design your unique vision correction. The information is then transmitted to a computer that guides the laser during surgery.
This greater laser precision in mapping your unique ocular characteristics allows for greater precision during surgery to correct the issues compromising your eyesight. In simple terms, the difference between traditional and custom Wavefront LASIK is like the difference between buying a suit off the rack and having one custom-tailored for you.
Is Wavefront for Me?
The same fundamental LASIK candidacy factors listed above also apply to Wavefront. If you meet those surgery requirements, you may wish to consider Wavefront:
- To minimize or eliminate higher-order aberrations such as glare and halos
- To achieve a level of focus beyond the incremental amounts that are possible through the traditional procedure
- To increase your chances of achieving 20/20 vision or better without corrective eyewear
Which Type of LASIK Is Best for You?
During a consultation, Dr. Coco at Pearl Street Eye in Boulder, Colorado, will review the many factors that determine which surgery is better for you.
Both methods help patients achieve 20/20 vision. But while Custom Wavefront LASIK may be ideal for some patients, it is not optimal for others. The same holds true for traditional LASIK eye surgery.
Based on his findings, Dr. Coco will share his recommendations, which are based on years of experience correcting refractive errors similar to yours and the outcomes he has achieved using these different methods.
If you are not a good candidate for either LASIK procedure, there are other vision correction surgeries that may meet your needs, such as PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and Visian™ ICL (implantable contact lens).
Improve Your Vision and Health With LASIK
LASIK can be an exciting investment in your health and happiness.
It can also save you from potential eye infections or diseases like pink eye.
Why? Well, when you remove and put in your contacts, you will touch your eye area. This can easily spread germs and illnesses, especially if you do not thoroughly wash your hands. Eliminating this step from your routine can actually improve your overall wellness.
If you want to learn more about all the amazing benefits of LASIK, contact our Colorado practice.
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Our Commitment to You
"We strive to give each of our LASIK patients the best possible care using the latest laser technology and the most modern surgical techniques."
What Happens during LASIK?
The LASIK Procedure
We will apply numbing eye drops, a lid speculum to hold your eyelid open, and a suction device to hold the eye in place.
In simplest terms, keratomileusis is the process of creating a corneal tissue flap and refining the underlying tissue. The surgeon will use a laser to place an incision in the cornea and create the tissue flap. The computer-guided laser will then precisely reshape the stroma (the inner layer of the cornea) to correct your eyesight. The tissue flap will then be returned to its former place and left to heal naturally, with no need for sutures.
The corneal surface heals in a matter of days. Many people notice improved vision the next day, but it will take a few weeks or months for your vision to completely stabilize. Your doctor will give you simple instructions for the days following surgery to prevent infection and allow the eye to heal properly.
LASIK Provides Swift Results
Has Your Vision Prescription
Remained the Same?
You May Benefit From LASIK
Dealing with less-than-perfect vision comes with a whole host of daily inconveniences.
From keeping track of reading glasses to ensuring your contacts stay clean, you may be tired of it all. If your vision needs correction like glasses or contacts but hasn't worsened in the past year, you could benefit from LASIK or Wavefront.
Ensuring this stability is a priority for your ophthalmologist. We assess risks through screening and take the precautions necessary for strong results and overall healthy vision.
Rest assured, if your eyes do not qualify for a procedure, then we will not put your health in jeopardy by performing it.
Put Yourself First With LASIK Surgery at Our Patient-Centered Practice
Life can get busy, making it hard for us to prioritize our well-being.
Eliminating even one extra step in your daily routine, like dealing with glasses or contact lenses, can make a difference.
Over time, the costs of glasses and contact lenses will also add up, making a LASIK procedure a wise financial option.
When you invest in your future with LASIK, you can eliminate multiple problems.
This convenient surgery can also provide long-lasting results. The procedure uses a precise laser for a fast treatment, and involves minimal recovery time. That way, you can go out and enjoy your enhanced new vision sooner.
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There are eye diseases and conditions that can impact your LASIK candidacy.
Certain Eye Diseases May Influence Your Options
Like all doctors, your ophthalmologist is bound to give you a high standard of care. This means that they will not take unnecessary risks with your health.
One of the possible barriers patients face when considering LASIK is the presence of eye diseases. Rest assured, Dr. Coco will not conduct your LASIK treatment if there is a possibility of complications.
If you are diagnosed with an eye disease such as glaucoma, our ophthalmologists can likely treat it. The earlier they catch a potential problem, the easier it is to care for. So, remember to always attend regular eye exams at our comprehensive practice, especially if you are older or have a family history of eye disease.
Dry Eyes May Impact Your LASIK Eligibility
Is LASIK Covered by Insurance?
Typically, LASIK is not covered by insurance. However, we may be able to help guide you through your financial options.
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Do You Have More Questions about LASIK?
We invite you to ask us any questions you may have about this or other procedures we offer at Pearl Street Eye in Boulder, CO. Dr. Justin Coco, who has been in practice since 2010, believes patient education is key to the success of any medical procedure. During a consultation, he will take all the time necessary to help you become educated regarding your options.