FAQsWhat is LASIK?
LASIK is an acronym which stands for laser assisted in situ keratomileusis. It's also commonly referred to as laser eye surgery. Put simply, LASIK is a form of eye surgery which can correct near-sightedness (inability to focus on objects far off), far-sightedness (inability to focus on close-up objects), and astigmatism (general blurry vision). LASIK surgery can eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses. Since it is medical surgery, it must be performed by ophthalmologists (eye MDs).What is "Blade-Free" LASIK?
Traditional LASIK involves cutting a flap in the cornea using a physical razor-thin blade called a microkeratome. Advances in medicine and technology now allow for the use of a laser to do this cutting, allowing for much greater safety and precision. page.What is the LASIK surgery procedure? How long does it take?
Before surgery, you'll need a complete eye examination. The doctor will dilate your eyes to ensure that your prescription is accurate, examine your eyes to ensure they're healthy, and take precise measurements of such things as the curvature of your cornea and pupils and the thickness of your cornea. This is all to determine whether you're a candidate for LASIK and the best prescribed course of treatment. The doctor will sit with you and discuss the benefits, risks, and options for surgery.
LASIK surgery itself is an outpatient procedure, performed entirely in our eye care center at Princeton, New Jersey. The procedure takes only 10-15 minutes for each eye. The surface of your eye is numbed with an anesthetic eye drop. Then, the surgeon cuts a hinged flap of thin corneal tissue off the outer layer of the eyeball (cornea). The flap is lifted out of the way and the surgeon uses the laser to reshape the underlying corneal tissue. Once finished, the flap is replaced and quickly adheres to the eyeball to begin the healing process. There are no stitches. Plastic goggles are placed over the eye to protect the flap.
Healing is relatively fast, especially compared to other kinds of surgery (98% of patients drive without glasses the next day). For the first few hours after surgery you may experience a mild burning sensation (it's important not to rub the eyes during this time) and vision may be blurry the day of surgery. However, it will improve considerably by the next day when you return to the office for a follow-up exam. Many patients tell us about their experiences waking up that morning to crystal clear vision for the first time in years.I hear other acronyms like PRK, LASEK, epi-LASIK, interLASE,
There's definitely a staggering number of acronyms and buzzwords for laser eye surgery out there. In most cases, these refer to variations to the standard LASIK procedure outlined above, the result of improved technologies or customized treatments for specific medical conditions. Here are some of the more common ones you'll hear.
PRK, LASEK, and epi-LASIK are all procedures where instead of creating a corneal "flap" as described in the standard LASIK procedure above, the epithelium is cleanly separated from the cornea using a microkeratome tool. This method is used for patients who may not qualify for traditional LASIK surgery (for example, if they have high amounts of myopia or have thin corneas). Epi-LASIK is the latest and most technologically advanced of these methods, and is the preferred surface ablation treatment here at Wills Laser Vision, providing fast recovery and optimal comfort.
100% Blade-Free LASIK, InterLASIK, interLASE, iLASIK, All-Laser LASIK, and zLASIK, are all ways to describe the latest and most advanced blade-free LASIK technique where instead of using a microkeratome to cut the corneal "flap", an ultra-precise laser is used. This results in significantly greater accuracy, comfort, and visual results and surpass all technology in the Princeton area and through New Jersey.
The surgeons of the Princeton Eye Group have extensive experience in virtually all refractive surgery procedures, will discuss with you all your options, and will prescribe for you the ideal procedure for your eyes to maximize effectiveness and comfort for your own individual circumstances.Why should I choose Wills Laser Vision over other LASIK providers
At Wills Laser Vision we strive to stand out in three important ways. First, our surgeons are second to none in terms of their experience. They have performed LASIK surgery successfully for thousands of patients and have themselves trained LASIK surgeons. Second, our technology is more advanced than any LASIK practice throughout New Jersey, from the FemtoSecond 200 laser for cutting the corneal flap, to the Wavelight Allegretto Eye-Q 400 used to perform the corneal sculpting. In fact, our femtosecond laser is the most advanced femtosecond laser available and as of today, the only one in New Jersey. Finally, we know what a big decision LASIK is and how nerve-racking it can be. And so, we'll be there every step of the way for you, explaining clearly to you what you can expect with the procedure, the benefits, the risks, and the healing process. We'll answer every question you have, and you'll never feel lost or alone throughout the process.Is LASIK safe?
As with any surgery, there are risks and possible complications. The surgeons of The Princeton Eye Group have extensive training in the field of refractive surgery and enjoy excellent results when performing LASIK. Although complications following LASIK at Wills Laser Vision at Princeton are rare, it is our responsibility to alert you to these possible risks. Before the surgery your surgeon will review all risks clearly and thoroughly with you, taking in account your specific health and medical history.Does it hurt?
Thanks to advanced technology and the precision and skill of our surgeons, our patients report experiencing virtually no pain during the procedure itself. Some patients report slight discomfort following surgery such as temporary dryness, blurry vision, or glare, but these generally disappear very quickly.How much does does LASIK surgery cost?
While your individual cost will vary depending on the exact procedure you're given, expect typical LASIK surgery to cost anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000 per eye. You may see advertisements for "half price LASIK" or prices that are substantially lower than this, but we would definitely recommend that you study the material on these pages and make doubly sure that you are getting the highest professional treatment. Most insurance plans do not cover the cost of laser vision correction, but our office provides financing for those who would like it.What are your doctors' backgrounds?
The eight surgeons at Wills Laser Vision are among the most experienced and most respected eye doctors in New Jersey by both patients and peers. They are all board-certified ophthalmologists trained and experienced in the most advanced LASIK procedures available. They hold medical degrees from the nation's top medical schools, are leaders in the field for research and innovation of refractive surgery techniques, have performed thousands of LASIK surgeries on thousands of patients from professional athletes to law enforcement personnel to military personnel, and themselves provide training to other ophthalmologists. You can read their full bios on our Eye Surgeons page.Please describe your facilities
Our main laser eye center is located in Princeton; we can conduct our consultations and pre-operative exams in our offices in Princeton, Somerset or Monroe Township. We use the latest-generation in laser technologies, including the FemtoSecond 200 laser to cut the corneal flap and the Wavelight Allegretto Eye-Q 400 laser, an FDA-approved laser which has maintenance performed on a regular basis. All surgeries are performed in a sterile operating environment.