Dr. Pajka has helped thousands of patients achieve clear vision without glasses with LASIK / Laser Vision Correction. The FDA first approved LASIK in the mid 1990s, and it is performed on millions of individuals worldwide each year. LASIK improves vision by gently reshaping the cornea with cool laser light. It accurately and successfully corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, and reduces or eliminates your need for glasses or contact lenses!
Candidates for LASIK
Almost everyone between the ages of 18 and 60 may be a candidate for LASIK. (Those over 60 may better achieve great vision without glasses with a procedure known as refractive lensectomy, which also addresses the concern of possible early cataract). Although LASIK is considered a safe procedure, it is not ideal for everyone. During your free LASIK Screening, Dr. Pajka will evaluate factors such as your eyeglass prescription, your age, and the shape and thickness of your cornea. As an alternative to LASIK, some individuals may be better served with a surface laser treatment known as PRK. PRK does not require creation of a corneal flap, and may be safer for those with thinner corneas. While a bit slower in healing, PRK ultimately achieves the same great visual results as LASIK.
Once Dr. Pajka has evaluated the basics of your eyes, a thorough discussion with you will help to determine whether this exciting procedure can meet your needs. Should you and Dr. Pajka decide that LASIK / Laser Vision Correction is right for you, a comprehensive eye exam will next be the next step. During this thorough dilated exam, you will be evaluated for the presence of cataract and other eye health issues. More extensive measurements will be taken, and you will receive a thorough review of the details and risks of the procedure. It is our wish that each and every one of our patients has a thorough understanding of what to expect before, during, and after their LASIK procedure.
LASIK is performed on an outpatient basis here at our in-office laser facility. It is normally quite comfortable, takes only takes a few minutes to perform, and recovery of vision is very rapid. Numbing anesthetic eye drops are used to to avoid any potential discomfort during the procedure, and some individuals may receive a mild oral sedative for anxiety. Following the procedure, minor irritation, watering or scratchiness is to be expected for several hours; you will use eyedrops to reduce the risk of infection and inflammation, and to keep your eyes comfortable. The morning after their procedure, most of our patients can drive themselves into our office for their quick checkup, and then are able to resume work and most of their normal activities.
Vision Results from LASIK
Dr. Pajka is committed to performing the very best Laser Vision Correction procedure possible for each and every patient. Most of our patients receive VISX CustomVue (or "wavefront-guided") LASIK. In an FDA study, 98% of patients achieved 20/20 vision with this procedure, along with reduced complaints about night vision such as haloes or starbursts. Almost all patients less than 40 years of age achieve great vision without glasses or contact lenses. Those over 40 may continue to use glasses for reading. Even over 40, however, the need for reading glasses, may be reduced by opting to leave one eye a bit nearsighted, a procedure called "monovision".
Risks of LASIK
For the vast majority of patients, Laser Vision Correction is a safe, painless, rapid, and effective procedure. Like any surgical procedure, however, there are possible side effects and complications of which to be aware. Most patients regain excellent vision very quickly. There can, however, be some fluctuation for several days or weeks. After vision has stabilized, a small percentage of patients feel the need for further improvement of the visual result. This can be accomplished with an enhancement (or touch-up), and is not considered a complication, but rather a result of the normal healing variability of the eye. Your eyes may be somewhat more dry for several months after LASIK, and you’ll likely need to use lubricating eyedrops. While the quality of most patients' night vision improves or stays the same after CustomVue LASIK, you may experience some degree of halo, starburst, or ghosting. Other, more serious complications such as infection, abnormal corneal flap, or late, progressive thinning of the cornea (keratectasia) are much more rare. Laser Vision Correction is a surgical procedure, and therefore no one can offer a 100% guarantee. Patients choose Dr. Pajka, however, because they know that he treats every single patient with a 100% commitment to providing the safest, most effective, most comfortable Laser Vision Correction possible.
Good vision is priceless. It’s also affordable!
Our fee for LASIK / Laser Vision Correction is $1995 per eye. For most patients this will include VISX CustomVue wavefront-guided technology. Some patients may not be appropriate for this technology; for them, results may be better with conventional non-wavefront-guided LASIK, or with PRK surface laser treatment. All post-operative care and enhancements, if safe and appropriate, are also included for up to 1 year.
As a service to our patients, we are pleased to offer the CareCredit® card, the nation's leading patient payment program. CareCredit lets you begin your procedure immediately—then pay for it over time with low monthly payments that are easy to fit into your monthly budget. So, you can begin your vision care today and conveniently pay with low, monthly payments.
CareCredit offers a comprehensive range of No Interest and Extended Payment Plans for procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000. With CareCredit, you pay no up-front costs, no pre-payment penalties and no fees. Plus, CareCredit is a revolving credit line for additional treatment or add-on charges, without the need to re-apply. It only takes a few minutes to apply for CareCredit and you may receive an online decision in seconds!
To learn more about our LASIK Services, please contact us at (440) 886-2020 today to schedule an appointment.