Wearing glasses and contacts can be inconvenient. That’s why Dr. Leonard Achiron and Dr. David O’Day are proud to provide LASIK eye surgery as an alternative to corrective eyewear. Men and women who visit the Atlanta Vision Cataract & Laser Center, serving Atlanta and the surrounding area, receive treatment from optometrists who specialize in the most popular elective surgery worldwide. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Achiron to determine if you’re eligible for a surgery that can change your life by using the online form or calling (404) 765-2020.
LASIK corrective eye surgery eliminates your dependency on eyeglasses or contact lenses. This procedure treats nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism and can instantly transform your life by giving you the ability to apply makeup accurately or drive a car without the aid of glasses or contacts.
Who Is a Candidate for LASIK?
You may be a candidate for LASIK if you meet the following criteria:
- You are at least 18 years old.
- You have been diagnosed with nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.
- Your glasses or contacts prescription has not changed significantly in at least a year.
- Your eyes are healthy and you do not have any active eye infections or injuries.
- You understand the potential risks and have decided the benefits outweigh the risks.
- You have reasonable expectations of what laser eye surgery can accomplish.
- You are in good general health and do not take any medications that could adversely affect the healing process.
LASIK Surgery Details
During a LASIK procedure, Dr. Achiron or Dr. O’Day use numbing drops to make the procedure more comfortable. Next, they use a special surgical tool to create a circular, thin “flap” in your eye’s cornea. Finally, they fold back the flap to access the stroma (underlying the cornea) and remove a bit of the corneal tissue with an excimer laser.
The highly innovative laser has an ultraviolet light beam that removes a microscopic piece of tissue from the eye’s cornea to reshape it. This allows the eye to focus light more accurately on the retina and therefore improve vision.
If you’re nearsighted, the objective is to make the cornea flatter. If you’re farsighted, a steeper cornea is necessary.
LASIK Surgery Benefits
Getting LASIK has many benefits. Nearly 96% of men and women regain their optimal vision immediately after this procedure. You can expect to enjoy full vision correction within 24 hours.
LASIK surgery aftercare is simple because no there are no stitches or bandages. A majority of men and women hardly ever have to use corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses, and many no longer require them at all.
As your vision changes due to the natural aging process, Dr. Achiron and Dr. O’Day can make surgical adjustments to maintain your optimal vision.
Zyoptix 217 Treatment
Atlanta Vision Cataract & Laser Center offers an advanced technique called the Zyoptix 217. It’s a surgery in the same category as LASIK but is a more advanced and accurate treatment.
Using 100Hz of power and a unique laser, Dr. Achiron or Dr. O’Day use the Zyoptix 217 to correct standard refractive errors and errors that cause minor problems, such as shading around light. Traditional LASIK only treats major eye issues and isn’t as personalized of a treatment.
Preparing for LASIK Surgery
If you decide to move forward with refractive eye surgery, you will have a baseline eye examination with a member of our team to evaluate your unique eye anatomy and visual needs. You will be asked to stop wearing contacts in preparation of this appointment, because contacts can slightly alter the natural shape of your cornea, and our doctors need accurate measurements in order to plan the best surgical outcomes.
Once you have scheduled your surgery, there are a few things you can do to prepare. Most importantly, arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery, as your vision will be blurry or hazy. Also, make sure your doctor has a complete list of all the medications you take, and that you follow any instructions about temporarily changing these medications.
On the day of your surgery, do not apply any lotions, creams, serums or cosmetics to your face. You may be asked to scrub your eyelashes clean of debris. Dress in loose, comfortable clothing for the procedure.
Recovering From LASIK Surgery
Mild aftereffects such as burning, itching or a foreign body sensation in the eyes are common. Blurry or hazy vision is also to be expected right after surgery. Refrain from pressing or rubbing on your eyes as they heal. Do not get your eyes wet, and protect them from the sun when going outside.
Our doctors will follow up with you the day after surgery and throughout your recovery to check your healing progress and advise when it is safe to return to your daily routine.
Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK
How safe is LASIK?
LASIK is FDA-approved and is one of the safest and most successful elective eye surgeries performed today. As long as you select a qualified refractive surgeon for your care and you meet the qualifications, your risk of serious complications is very low.
What happens if I move or blink during the procedure?
This is a very common concern, and we take precautions to prevent this from happening. We use a special instrument to gently hold your eyelids open during the procedure. Our lasers track your eye position very closely and will temporarily pause treatment if your eyes move. Also, you have the option of taking an oral medication that relaxes you and makes it less likely that you will blink or move during treatment.
Are both eyes treated at the same time?
Yes, it is common to treat both eyes simultaneously.
When can I return to work after the procedure?
You may be pleasantly surprised by how quickly you recover from surgery. Many patients are able to resume work within a day or two of the procedure.
Schedule an appointment for a consultation for vision correction with impressive results performed by Dr. Achiron or Dr. O’Day by filling the online form.
*Individual results may vary