Every year as many as 700,000 people in the United States choose to improve their vision with LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery. At Cohen Laser & Vision Center in Boca Raton, Florida, leading refractive surgeons G. Richard Cohen, MD, and Joshua Cohen, MD, have helped numerous South Floridians from Fort Lauderdale north to West Palm Beach say goodbye to their glasses with LASIK surgery. As a proud TLC® affiliate center, we offer a national support team and lifetime commitment on our results. To learn more about the procedure and if it’s a good choice for you, call the office or request an appointment online today.
LASIK is a form of refractive surgery that changes the shape of your cornea to correct your vision. Ideally, when you’re looking at an object, the light that goes into your eye is bent in such a way that it’s directly focused on the retina, allowing you to see that image clearly and crisply.
If your vision is blurry, it’s because the light that’s entering your eye is bent in the wrong direction and is focusing in front of or behind the retina. Your glasses or contacts correct the angle of the light for better vision. But with LASIK, the team at Cohen Laser & Vision Center can improve the direction of the light by correcting the shape of your cornea.
The team at Cohen Laser & Vision Center determine if you’re a good candidate for LASIK surgery when you come in for a consultation. The team has many years of experience and helped many people improve their vision.
You might want to consider LASIK surgery if your vision issues are due to:
During your consultation, the team can determine if LASIK — or another procedure — is the best choice for you. The experienced team at Cohen Laser & Vision Center offers the most advanced techniques for refractive surgery, including traditional LASIK, Intralase LASIK or PRK, and custom LASIK.
Your LASIK eye surgery is performed near Lynn University in Boca Raton. Dr. Cohen performs your procedure under a local anesthetic. He begins by first creating a flap on the surface of your cornea, and then uses a special laser to reshape the cornea, improving your vision.
After your laser treatment, Dr. Cohen closes the flap and surgery is done. You can experience some mild discomfort immediately following the surgery and you should arrange to have someone drive you home.
Most Cohen Laser & Vision Center LASIK patients are able to drive themselves to the office for their follow-up appointment the day after their procedure. However, it could take up to three months for you to see the full effects of your surgery, especially with PRK.
If you’re tired of wearing glasses and/or contact lenses, it might be time to consider LASIK. Call Cohen Laser & Vision Center today to see if LASIK fits into your lifestyle.
PRK is an alternative to LASIK for those patients who are not candidates due to their high prescription, thin corneas or job requirements.
In Advanced Surface Ablation, also known as “PRK”, the top layer of the cornea (epithelium) is gently removed and the excimer laser is then used to correct vision. While this procedure is faster and technically easier than LASIK, it takes longer to heal. Generally, patients who have LASIK are seeing almost 20/20 or better by the next day. With PRK, the healing time for 20/20 vision may be 1-4 weeks, depending on your prescription. Also, for the first 2-5 days, the patient may experience discomfort and pain requiring pain medication. However, long-term outcomes are similar between both procedures.
Furthermore, PRK may result in cornea haze so it is not uncommon for Dr. Cohen to use medication at the time of the laser (such as Mitomycin C) in an effort to prevent or minimize the risk of haze.
Patients who have PRK are also on post-laser steroid drops and vitamin C for up to three months to insure normal healing. Please discuss these options with Dr. Cohen if you have any questions.
If you are a highly myopic patient LASIK or PRK eye surgery may not the best option. Our physicians are among few eye surgeons in South Florida that can insert the new Visian ICL also called the Implantable Collamer Lens. Collamer Lens, created by STAAR® Surgical Company, is a phakic intraocular lens (IOL) for the treatment of myopia and other refractive errors. Dr. Cohen is the Boca Raton Visian ICL expert that can help you with high myopia or astigmatism. If you have been struggling with thick glasses and poor distance vision please call us to find out if this vision correction option would be right for you.