FAQ

What is the advantage of Customized ‘bladeless’ Lasik at Laservue?

Lasik vision correction is done in 2 steps :  first a thin layer of cornea is lifted without a blade by a femtosecond laser.   Second, the curvature of the exposed layer is then modified by the excimer laser.

Traditional ‘Standard’ Lasik corrects an average curvature over the eye. In fact, vision science has shown that each eye has its unique optical irregularities, just like a fingerprint.  ‘Personalized’ Lasik allows us to reduce or eliminate these irregularities point by point, making a very smooth surface with a better high definition of vision.  ‘Personalized Lasik’ will often lead to vision that is better than 20/20. Also, its very wide treatment area gives high quality night vision.

At Laservue, 99, 7 % of our patients achieve vision of 20/20 or better after ‘Custom bladeless’ LASIK.

What is a Laser?  What is Lasik?

The Lasik procedure is performed in 2 steps:

1. First a thin layer of cornea – the "flap" (about 2 hairs thick) is lifted by a blade or by a femtosecond laser, thus preserving the surface skin cells (epithelium).  For this step we prefer to use the "femtosecond" laser (Ziemer Z6 PLUS) as it is much more precise than Lasik with a "blade".

2. In the second step, the "flap" is lifted and the curvature of the exposed layer is then modified by the "excimer" laser. Depending on the case, our surgeons will select either the Schwind Amaris or the Zeiss MEL-80 excimer laser.

Is Lasik surgery the right treatment for me?

Laservue has very high standards and norms when it comes to patient selection. Each patient is examined personally by Dr Mullie or Dr. Balazsi, contrary to some clinics where technicians decide whether you are a candidate for Lasik.

The ideal candidate for Lasik correction must meet a certain number of criteria. To guarantee the best possible result, the pre-operative selection of the patient is key. This is Laservue’s philosophy where, for a number of reasons, on average 20% of our patients are not good candidates for this type of procedure.

How long does the procedure take?

The surgical procedure itself usually takes about 5-7 minutes per eye. 

Will I feel pain during the procedure?

No.  LASIK surgery is not painful. Local anesthetic drops are used to numb the cornea.

When can I expect clear vision?

Most people have 20/20 vision the next day.

When can I go back to work?

Most people go back to work as early as the next day.

When will I be able to drive?

Most people resume driving the day after their LASIK procedure.

When can I resume my physical activities?

For most activities as early as the next day.

Is the consultation free, and how long does it last?

It is free of charge, and lasts about 90 minutes.  
Many eye tests are performed before your consultation with your surgeon.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Whether or not you are a candidate is determined by an expert exam by the
eye surgeon ('ophthalmologist'), who is the only person capable of making
this decision.  It is thus essential that this be carried out by an eye surgeon.

The main factors to consider are:

1) the general health of your eyes

2) absence of severe dry eye   

3) a stable myopia  

4) adequate thickness of your cornea   

5) absence of any sign of corneal irregularity or deformity.

Doctors Mulie and Balazsi each have over 20 years of experience in this
field, and are very exacting in the selection of their patients:  Laservue
maintains very strict criteria for the selection of refractive surgery
patients.

A complete evaluation complemented by tight control of the criteria for
candidacy have contributed to the excellent results attained by our
refractive surgery patients.