LASIK Eye Surgery in Derry
Derry Eye Surgeons With 30 Years of Experience in Corrective Eye Surgery
LASIK eye surgery is the safest, most effective refractive surgical procedure specifically designed to correct your vision. As eye care physicians, we understand the frustration that comes from dealing with glasses or contact lenses, which is why our expert ophthalmologists offer this breakthrough procedure to give you crystal-clear vision.
Why choose us?
Experience is important when selecting a surgeon for your LASIK procedure. Spindel Eye Associates’ experienced eye doctors have performed thousands of LASIK procedures on patients with varying eye care needs, achieving safe and reliable results. Best of all, major advancements in LASIK technology have improved the quality of refractive eye surgery in recent years. At Spindel Eye Associates, we use the WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q Excimer Laser System for customized wavefront-guided LASIK treatment based on your eyes’ unique properties, for better vision correction with an even lower risk of postoperative halos and glare.
Our eye surgeons have over 30 years of experience in corrective eye surgery, and our LASIK institute is committed to helping you see more clearly.
The best eye surgeons in New Hampshire
No matter your lifestyle, LASIK experts Dr. Spindel and Dr. Vazan will ensure you have the most complete and proper eye exam and surgery possible. Our dedication to appropriate preoperative examinations is critical for our excellent surgical track record. If you are seeking LASIK in New Hampshire, please take the first step and complete our LASIK self-evaluation test.
A surgical coordinator will contact you for a more thorough explanation of what you can expect during LASIK eye surgery. The Spindel Eye Associates team is committed to providing you with honest answers regarding the safety and effectiveness of LASIK laser vision correction.
Benefits of LASIK
Low risk of complications: All forms of LASIK have a very high success rate. However, the incisions made during bladeless LASIK surgery tend to be even more successful than those made with metal blades.
Drastically improved vision: About 95% of people who undergo LASIK achieve a visual acuity of 20/40 or better. Can you imagine what your life would be like with drastically improved vision?
- No need for corrective eyewear: The vast majority of people who undergo LASIK surgery no longer need glasses or contacts to see properly. If you opt for LASIK surgery, you could free yourself from the hassle and expense of prescription corrective eyewear.
Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, better known as LASIK, is a revolutionary laser eye surgery used to correct the vision of people who are nearsighted or farsighted, or have astigmatism. LASIK works by reshaping the cornea to properly focus light onto the retina in the back of the eye. It has a 96% success rate, causes very little pain, and corrects vision immediately with no bandages or stitches required. Adjustments can be made if your vision changes, but you will notice a dramatic reduction in your dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses—if you still need them at all.
For those who have mild/moderate myopia, hyperopia, and/or astigmatism, as well as adequate corneal thickness, bladeless LASIK surgery may be a great option. Bladeless/laser LASIK surgery creates flaps via infrared laser energy that allows tiny overlapping spaces to appear directly below the corneal surface. The femtosecond laser used in the bladeless LASIK procedure uses incredibly high speeds, allowing targeted tissues to be divided at a molecular level without heating or negatively impacting surrounding tissues.
To begin, your ophthalmologist will apply a local anesthetic in the form of eye drops to numb the area. The Femtosecond laser is then used to create a thin flap in the cornea, which is painlessly pulled back to reveal the underlying corneal tissue. Another laser is used to reshape the cornea, and the flap is then put back in place. The whole procedure takes about 10 minutes.
Things to Consider Before LASIK Surgery
Before deciding on LASIK, talk with the eye surgeons at Spindel Eye Associates to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Certain factors like your age, prescription strength, and any additional eye problems may actually hinder the effectiveness of vision surgery. Also, LASIK is not a one-stop solution for making your glasses disappear. There are many steps leading up to the procedure, you may have to come back years later for additional touch-ups, and you may still need reading glasses post-surgery.
Candidates for LASIK
If you have been diagnosed with one of the following conditions, you may be a good candidate for LASIK surgery.
- Farsightedness: Farsightedness, or hyperopia, occurs in people with eyes that are shorter than average, which can caused blurred vision at distance and near.
- Nearsightedness: Nearsightedness (myopia) is the opposite of farsightedness. Nearsighted people have longer eyes, and have difficulty seeing objects that are far away.
- Astigmatism: People with astigmatism typically have trouble seeing objects at any distance. This condition occurs in people with unusually shaped corneas. The cornea is the transparent cap covering the front of the eye.
What are LASIK requirements?
New Hampshire LASIK experts Dr. Gerald Spindel and Dr. David Vazan have listed some typical requirements below to help you get a better understanding of LASIK candidacy:
- Must be over 18 years of age.
- Must have a stable vision prescription.
- Must have a track record of healthy eyes.
- Must not have keratoconus.
- Must not have severe dry eye syndrome.
- Must not be pregnant.
- Must pass corneal thickness tests.
Testing for LASIK
Your decision to have laser eye surgery depends on the results of a very thorough preoperative evaluation. On the day of your preoperative exam, we will complete multiple tests and points of evaluation, including:
- Corneal thickness testing
- Pupil size measurement
- Dry eye evaluation
- Tests to analyze the shape of your cornea
- Measure the level of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism
- Wavefront measurements
- Complete dilated eye exam to review retina
Bladeless LASIK: The next generation
Bladeless LASIK uses laser light rather than physical instruments to create a flap in the cornea during surgery. At Spindel Eye Associates, we offer IntraLase bladeless LASIK eye surgery using state-of-the-art FDA-approved laser technology.
- Flap creation is a vital part of LASIK eye surgery, but also the source of some of the procedure’s most common complications. Laser-created flaps are associated with greater predictability and a lower risk of flap-related complications during and after eye surgery.
- Bladeless LASIK makes LASIK eye surgery a possibility for a greater number of patients. Individuals with naturally thin corneal membranes may not be good candidates for traditional LASIK, but can receive corrective eye surgery because lasers can be used to create thinner, more precise flaps.
- Dry eyes are often a concern after LASIK, and may prohibit those with a natural predisposition to dry eyes from receiving the surgery. However, bladeless LASIK is associated with a lower incidence of postoperative dry eye development, improving comfort and vision quality in those who receive it.
Preparing for LASIK surgery
To prepare for your refractive surgery, you should:
- Stop wearing your contact lenses for at least a few weeks before the procedure.
- Don’t use eye makeup, cream, perfumes, or lotion the day before and the day of surgery.
- Arrange for a ride home after the surgery.
- Have a good understanding of what your insurance company will or won’t cover so you won’t be surprised by out-of-pocket expenses.
Tips for your LASIK recovery
Recovering from laser eye surgery is a fast and often painless process.
- Following LASIK surgery, use only the eyedrops provided by your ophthalmologist as instructed to keep your eyes lubricated and prevent infection and discomfort.
- Rest your eyes by avoiding computer use and extended periods of reading for one to two days after your LASIK surgery.
- Avoid rubbing or pressing on your eyes for up to two weeks after laser eye surgery. After washing your face, gently pat it dry without touching your eyes.
- Wear sunglasses when going outside, even on cloudy days, to protect your eyes from UV radiation.
Contact the LASIK specialists at Spindel Eye Associates today!