Imagine opening your eyes in the morning and seeing a clear new day, unaided by eyeglasses or contact lenses. With custom LASIK surgery at Maumee Eye Clinic near Toledo, Ohio, you may be able to free yourself from the hassles of glasses and contact lenses. LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) is a safe, effective option for many people, and Dr. Clark Weidaw and Dr. Kristopher Kelly are committed to providing their LASIK surgery patients with the highest-quality personal care.
Any procedure that changes the refractive status of the eye is considered a refractive procedure. Refractive can include nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
When light rays pass through the cornea, pupil and lens and focus directly on the retina, the result is clear vision.
Nearsightedness (myopia) occurs when the light rays focus in front of the retina causing blurry distance vision - a result of the cornea being too curved or the eye too long.
When a person has blurry close vision, they have farsightedness (hyperopia). The cornea is flat in relation to the length of the eye, causing light rays to focus beyond the retina. With farsightedness, objects far away may be blurred but up close vision is even more blurred.
A person can have astigmatism, an irregular curvature of the cornea, causing a person's vision to be blurred at all distances. Astigmatism results in blurry and often distorted vision because the light rays do not focus on any point.
With refractive surgery, our goal is to reduce or eliminate the need for eye glasses or contact lenses. Many patients see 20/40 or better post-operatively, but individual results cannot be guaranteed. This surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, with most people returning to work within one to three days.
We know that the decision of whether or not to undergo LASIK surgery can be a bit intimidating. Dr. Weidaw and Dr. Kelly are sincerely committed to providing the best in LASIK technology, for your safety and comfort.
At Maumee Eye Clinic, we first determine whether LASIK surgery is right for you. We're not interested in being "a LASIK mill." Your vision is too important to us. Your initial consultation with our LASIK coordinator will include several screening tests to see if you are a candidate for LASIK. If you are not, other surgical options may be presented to you. Feel free to prepare a list of questions that you may have about your different options
The iLASIK procedure is one of the most precise medical procedures performed today. iLASIK surgeons now have precise tools to painlessly measure and map the uniqueness of both of your eyes - down to the most minute characteristics individual to you. 3D mapping technology literally creates a blueprint (or fingerprint) of your eye, allowing our iLASIK surgeon to then custom-fit the iLASIK procedure for each of your eyes.
The blueprint of your eye is acquired by using a diagnostic laser called a WavescanTM. Wavescan technology provides a measurement and a visual representation of your vision based on the behavior of light waves. It compares light passing through your eye to the same pattern from an eye that needs no vision correction. The WavePrint Map is the output of the Wavescan. It captures the unique imperfections of a person's visual pathway.
The IntraLase® FS laser provides a less invasive, computer controlled approach to the important first step of iLASIK, the creation of the flap. This step, traditionally performed with a surgical blade, has now been enhanced by the laser's micron level of accuracy, making every procedure more predictable. This remarkable precision, provided by IntraLase technology, enables you to choose laser vision correction with confidence.
The Star S4 IR Excimer Laser System is designed to bring CustomVueTM individualized laser vision correction to life, using natural pupil dilation, a time saving and treatment advantage. Technologies like Active Trak 3-D eye tracking, automatic centering, Variable Spot Scanning, Variable Repetition Rate and Iris Registration add to the laser's already remarkable precision. We keep our eye on the ongoing research and development and continual advances to bring you the best in laser vision correction.
The iLASIK procedure itself is revolutionized by the use of the two computer-guided lasers-instead of one as in earlier generations of LASIK. The IntraLase creates a thin corneal flap, which is folded back to allow the Excimer laser to correct your vision based in the exact specification/measurements of your eye(s).The procedure takes just minutes. Patients experience a quick virtually painless procedure with the potential of 20/20 or better vision and outstanding safety as a result of reduced flap complications.