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How LASIK surgery changed John’s life

John is an active individual who felt restricted by his glasses and contacts. After considering it for a few years, he decided to have a LASIK consultation done at the Ohio State Havener Eye Institute. During his consultation he learned about the procedure, payment options and had all of his questions answered.

About six months after the consultation, he decided to have the procedure done. Since then, he has had 20/20 vision and is able to enjoy the things he loves, hassle-free.

Why Choose Ohio State?

We use advanced, all-laser technologies, which offer considerable advantages over traditional procedures. Ohio State’s surgeons use the most advanced technologies to diagnose corneal issues and perform surgical procedures. Our surgeons measure the optical distortions of the cornea and produce a map showing how light is distorted in your eye. This highlights individual imperfections and tailors laser settings for the best results, including improved nighttime vision.

In addition, our experts are backed by the resources, research, education, technology, teamwork and reputation of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. We have a tireless dedication to patient safety, and our surgeons strive to give every patient first-class service and the highest-quality result.

Ohio State eye care specialists provide thorough consultation and support every step of the way. We are happy to answer any questions and look forward to meeting with you soon.

 

Benefits of LASIK Eye Surgery

If you’re doing research about LASIK, you’ll read a lot about the benefits of the surgery itself: little to no pain, immediate vision correction, and quick recovery times.

The true benefits of LASIK eye surgery are the changes it makes in your life. No more reaching for glasses in the morning to read the clock, or buying bottles of contact lens solution. No more frames sliding off your nose on a hot day, or losing a contact in the middle of your workout. No more choosing between glasses or contacts on your vision benefits when you really need both. LASIK means hassle-free vision, all the time. It’s just you and your own eyes.

Who qualifies for laser eye surgery?

Who qualifies for laser eye surgery?

Vision can become blurry when the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, is shaped abnormally and light doesn't bend, or refract, properly as it reaches the retina in back of the eye. Such problems are called refractive errors. They can include:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia) where distant images seem blurry
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia) where near and distance images seem blurry
  • Astigmatism (also close-up or distant images seem blurry)

LASIK can correct these vision problems. In some cases, laser surgery for refractive errors may reduce or eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.

As the natural lens inside the eye ages, it can lead to decreased near vision (presbyopia). This results in the need for reading glasses. LASIK does not correct presbyopia, however, monovision is a possible treatment option. Discuss monovision with your physician.

Advantages of Bladeless LASIK

At Ohio State’s Havener Eye Institute, we perform state-of-the-art, blade-free, all-laser LASIK for the best vision outcomes. We currently use the latest technologies, such as the Wavelight Refractive Suite, which includes the FS200 Femtosecond laser for flap creation and the Excimer 500 laser for personalized vision correction. This allows our surgeons to serve a wide variety of patient needs.

The FS200 Femtosecond laser creates a much thinner corneal flap as compared to a flap created with a microkeratome (hand-held blade). Patients who were previously told their corneas were too thin for LASIK may now be eligible for the treatment.

The WaveLight laser customizes every treatment to the patient’s individual prescription and cornea. This personalized treatment enhances the quality of vision and also addresses any distortions that may affect night vision. Recent studies indicate that with wavefront-optimized technology, patients are more likely to achieve 20/20 vision.

Surgery FAQs

Surgery FAQs

Do I need to do any tests before my surgery?

At your refractive surgery consult, all necessary testing, including corneal topography, mapping and corneal thickness measurements will be completed. A few specific tests may be repeated if necessary on the day of your surgery. 

Do I need to take any additional medication?

Prescriptions for eye drops will be electronically sent to your pharmacy. These drops will be used after the surgery. Any questions about your drops should be directed to the main number: 614-366-1270.

Will I need a driver?

You must have a responsible adult that you know bring you to the surgery, preferably stay in the facility or at least check in with you and provide a contact number, and drive you home.

How should I prepare for surgery?

It is important to follow these precautions before arriving:

  • Wear casual, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Do not wear makeup, perfume or cologne.
  • Per hospital policy, please bring a photo ID, insurance card, and copay. 

What can I expect the day of surgery?

Before Surgery

You should arrive at least ten minutes prior to your surgery, or as directed by the surgeon’s office. Check in at the reception desk. The staff will complete your paperwork and ensure you are identified correctly for your procedure.

Your family members or support person will be able to watch the surgery if they so desire. It is important that your family members or support person stay in the facility during your surgical visit so we can find them if we need information or if a care team member needs to speak to him or her.

 

During Surgery

You will be taken back to the operating room from your private preparation area. The operating room staff will greet you and prepare you for surgery. We will ask you to confirm your identity and the procedure you are about to have. This is part of our patient safety practice to ensure you receive the appropriate treatment.

After Surgery

Once your surgery is complete, you will leave wearing clear eye shields to protect your eyes. The shields should remain on until the following morning. Expect about four hours of discomfort, and we recommend taking a nap during this time if possible. Patients are required to have a driver to get home safely. You will be scheduled to come back in for a post op visit with your doctor the following morning.

The only restrictions after LASIK are no eye makeup for two days, and to avoid swimming pools and hot tubs.

At Home

If you have any concerns during the evening, please contact your surgeon. If you have any emergency needs, please go to the closest emergency department. A nurse from the Outpatient Surgery Center will call you the next business day to check on how you are feeling.

Our first concern is your recovery and any medical issues you may have. It is important to us that we provided you exceptional care. We encourage you to ask questions or share concerns when we call you.

 

LASIK Eye Surgery Evaluation

When it comes to your vision, there is no room for compromise – you want the confidence that your surgeon is using equipment and procedures that are state-of the-art. That’s why people trust their vision to Ohio State.

During your evaluation, our doctors will familiarize you with all the benefits of our LASIK process, but the most exciting feature of Ohio State LASIK is our topography-guided laser vision correction. Our LASIK system maps the surface of your eye, giving us the ability to develop a unique vision correction plan for you. Rather than simply treating your vision based on your eyeglass prescription, we can pinpoint and correct the smallest imperfections of your cornea and its curvature. The result is a personalized focusing surface for each patient, and each eye. Many patients experience better quality vision following a LASIK procedure than they ever had with contacts and glasses.

Once the procedure begins there is no moving around from laser to laser for patients. Our patient table shifts from the laser that prepares your eye for correction to the one that corrects your vision. This connectivity makes the entire procedure faster and more precise, making you more comfortable.

Our new LASIK system represents a significant advancement in laser vision correction. LASIK has never been faster, safer or more accurate. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to have LASIK, now is the time.

Our Experts 

LASIK laser technology continues to make important advancements, but there’s no substitute for experience. Ohio State’s David Castellano, MD, has been performing LASIK surgeries for 20 years. Together with colleagues Amit Tandon, MD, and Rebecca Kuennen, MD, Ohio State brings nearly 40 years of combined LASIK experience to each procedure.

“We provide very personalized care," Dr. Castellano says. "You’ll always see me directly when you make an appointment at my office. Most of my patients have my cell phone number and can reach me any time. If a patient has a problem, I’ll always make time to see them. Working at Ohio State offers many opportunities to stay on the leading edge of eye care. I just keep learning.”

At Ohio State Havener Eye Institute, our doctors are here to help you make a well-informed decision about your vision, to answer your questions and address your concerns. No gimmicks, no high-pressure sales. Just the information you need to do what’s best for you.

 
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