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IntraLASIK Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if IntraLASIK is right for me?

If you have mild to moderate degrees of nearsightedness or low degrees of farsightedness and/or astigmatism, you might benefit from IntraLASIK.

What is the difference between standard LASIK and the new IntraLASIK?

IntraLASIK is an all-laser LASIK procedure - no blade is used. The standard LASIK procedure is a two-step process: First, a flap is created in the outer cornea; second, an excimer laser is used to re-shape the inner corneal tissue, thus correcting vision. When performing the standard LASIK procedure, a tool called a microkeratome, which resembles a tiny carpenter's plane, is the instrument normally used to create the flap by using a small blade to cleave a layer of the cornea. IntraLASIK, however, uses a laser for both the first and second steps. The bottom line: John-Kenyon Eye Center's all-laser LASIK is a safer, more precise vision correction procedure and we're the only practice in Kentucky and Southern Indiana that offers this advanced system.

Does John-Kenyon offer custom laser vision correction?

Yes. Your eyes are unique to you just like your fingerprint; it is essential that each eye be treated to correct its unique shape and refractive error, and wavefront technology makes it possible. The Allegretto Wave laser system takes into consideration each patient's individual corneal steepness and automatically compensates for laser energy that can be lost in the periphery of the cornea due to the eye's natural shape. By doing so, the Allegretto Wave system specifically addresses spherical aberrations that can potentially cause glare and may distort night vision. Alternatively, CustomVue technology allows the surgeon to scan your corneas and gather unique data about the surfaces. With this custom picture of your eyes, we have the potential to perform a treatment that makes it possible for you to see better than you did with glasses or contacts. Both of these systems utilize wavefront technology and can be used with IntraLASIK.

What if I'm not a candidate for IntraLASIK?

The John-Kenyon Eye Center offers a menu of services. If you aren't an IntraLASIK candidate, you may be a candidate for one of our lens implant procedures: PRELEX, CrystaLens or Verisyse Lens.

Does IntraLASIK correct my up-close vision problems, known as Presbyopia?

IntraLASIK does not correct Presbyopia, which causes one's up-close vision to become fuzzy. People usually notice the effects of Presbyopia when they reach their early 40s. If a patient is nearsighted with up-close reading problems, we may recommend monovision IntraLASIK. Monovision IntraLASIK is performed by correcting the dominant eye for distance, while the non-dominant eye is corrected for up-close. This eliminates the need for readers for about 5 to 10 years. If a patient is strictly Presbyopic, we may recommend PRELEX, a very effective lens implant procedure.

How do I know if vision correction is right for me?

The John-Kenyon Eye Center performs a FREE initial eye evaluation to see if you are a candidate for one of our vision correction procedures. This is a dilated exam. To request more information or to schedule your initial eye evaluation, call 1-800-DIAL-EYE or log on to www.johnkenyon.com.

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