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Laser eye surgery

The quality of your life depends greatly on the quality of your vision. At Yaldo Eye Center, we’re committed to freeing you from the cost and inconvenience of eyewear so you can stay active without the hassle of glasses or contacts. Together, we will help you see the world more clearly with a lifetime of great eye health.

For those under age 50, the treatment options below are the best way to reduce your dependency on glasses. Book a FREE Lasik Consultation today and let us discuss the best option for you and your needs! 

Option 1: Standard Lasik Eye Surgery

LASIKStandard Lasik is a simple, outpatient procedure that can correct most prescriptions whether you are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism. Standard Lasik is the original form of Lasik that was used exclusively from its inception in the 1990s and is still being used at most Lasik clinics in Michigan today.

Standard Lasik is the most affordable procedure, but lacks some of the features of all laser Lasik. The major difference is the creation of the corneal flap.

The flap is made with a medical blade known as a Microkeratome. It’s more affordable than all laser Lasik and a good option for those looking for affordable vision correction. After the eye is lined up in the laser path, the laser gently reshapes the cornea to correct refractive error. After the reshaping is done, the flap is folded back to its original position, and seals itself to the rest of the cornea within minutes. The entire procedure takes no more than 10 minutes & recovery is generally within several hours.

A local anesthetic numbs the eye. Then, Valium ensures that the patient is relaxed and comfortable. Most patients feel slight pressure during the procedure, with little or no pain. You’re given protective eyewear and driven home to relax for the rest of the day. A day later, you return for a post-operative check-up.

Option 2: All Laser Lasik

All laser Lasik eye surgery

The primary differences from standard Lasik are as follows:

1. In all Laser Lasik, the flap is created with a laser, not a blade. A Lasik candidate is also a candidate for all Laser Lasik.

2. An IntraLase® FS Laser or Ziemer® Laser, not a microkeratome cuts the flap

3. Another computer-controlled laser reshapes the cornea with micron-level accuracy. 

The end result is a procedure that is safer and more effective for patients. You can discuss the advantages of All-Laser Lasik with the vision experts at Yaldo Eye Center during your Free Lasik Evaluation.

Option 3: Lasek or Epi-Lasik

Lasek and PRK in Michigan

A Viable Alternative to LASIK

Lasik is not ideal for every patient. One of the most common reasons is when a patient’s cornea is too thin for Lasik. Lasek is also a superior option to Lasik when there is a severe amount of astigmatism in the eye or a patient is very susceptible to dry eyes.

In such cases, flapless Lasik, or Lasek may be the best solution for getting rid of glasses. Lasek is similar to Lasik but does not require creating a flap in the cornea as Lasik does.

The only downside to Lasek is that the healing process may be a few days longer, while in Lasik, functional vision is restored in 1-2 days and sometimes sooner. All in all, that’s a small price to pay because Lasek allows non-Lasik candidates to experience effective, safe laser vision correction.

Option 4: CATz Custom Topography-guided Lasik

The most technologically advanced form of custom Lasik.

While all laser Lasik, SMILE, and other systems aim to give patients 20-20 vision. Topography-guided Lasik or CATz is designed to produce supervision (better than 20-20 vision). The majority of Lasik candidates are ideally suited for standard or all Laser Lasik. But for those desiring better than 20-20 vision, topography-guided Lasik is the most advanced option available and the best way to go. This precise technology has even been approved for military pilots and astronauts.

With the Catz system, visual imperfections are measured at 7,000 points on the eye (vs 200). Each of the points is treated individually making it a custom procedure. Dr. Yaldo is the only surgeon in Michigan regularly performing CATz and a majority of patients achieve 20-15 vision or better.

How does the CATz system work?

The pattern of visual imperfections in your eye is as unique to you as your own fingerprint. Thanks to new Lasik technology, those seeking state-of-the-art procedures can achieve vision correction that actually exceeds the previously accepted definition of “perfect vision.”

In June 2014, Dr. Yaldo was Michigan’s first to perform the new topography-guided LASIK procedure, introducing a new generation of laser technology designed to be far more precise and produce less night vision side effects than even the most advanced Wavefront-guided LASIK.

“CATz is by far the most precise LASIK technology available, and it represents a huge leap forward,” notes Dr. Yaldo. “I am proud to have played a role in its development over the past several years. I’m also delighted to be one of the first surgeons in the nation to offer what is now the new gold standard for LASIK.”

CATz treats patients with nearsightedness and astigmatism (blurry or distorted vision caused by an irregular curvature of the eye). It is also the first LASIK technology to demonstrate improved night vision after surgery (compared to using glasses or contact lenses).

Patients interested in learning more about CATz topography-guided LASIK and other Michigan Lasik eye surgery questions should call (800) 398-EYES and set up a Free Evaluation.

Like standard Lasik, this is an outpatient procedure. You’ll receive topical anesthetic drop and possibly a Valium. Your recovery will be short and relatively comfortable. Most patients are ready to resume normal activity within just a day or two.

Option 5: Contact Lens Implants

Implantable contact lenses may produce better vision than Lasik

The Visian implantable contact lens (ICL) produces vision correction that is stunningly sharper, more vivid and more permanent than Lasik can produce. ICLs are usually reserved for patients with levels of -4 to -20 myopia.

If you are between 21 and 45 and nearsighted, you are an excellent candidate for the Visian ICL. Unlike traditional contact lenses that go on the surface of the eye, the Visian ICL is positioned inside the eye between the iris (the colored part of the eye) and the natural lens where it stays indefinitely. In case of emergency, it can also easily be removed from the eye.

What are the benefits of contact lens implants?

 – The cornea is the curved portion on the front surface of the eye. The Visian ICL does not have any effect on the cornea and may be appropriate if you have thin corneas or high myopia.

 – Dry Eyes: Visian ICL does not cause or contribute to dry eyes. If you have dry eyes, ask your doctor if the Visian ICL may be the best vision correction option for you.

 – Refractive error in the focusing of light by the eye is a frequent reason for reduced visual acuity. Even patients with low and extreme high refractive errors are candidates for the Visian ICL.

The Visian ICL is made from Collamer. Collamer, is biocompatible with the eye (not seen as a foreign object to the body) and provides exceptional quality of vision. The lens rests quietly in position while accurately correcting vision. The Visian ICL is a powerful lens that will remain inside your eye for a lifetime.

How Does The Visian ICL Procedure Work?

The doctor creates two micro openings in the edge of the cornea to insert and position the lens. The lens is injected, gently unfolding in your eye. Special marks on the lens ensure proper positioning. That’s it—the procedure takes about 15 minutes! Because the opening is microscopic, recovery time is very short without needing any sutures. A few hours after the procedure you will be able to leave the clinic.

Schedule A Free Evaluation to find out which option is best for you!

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