The iDESIGN Refractive Studio received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in June,2018 making it the only system to use topography-integrated, wavefront-guided technology. The iDesign procedure is a safe and effective platform for treating nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. It is the only FDA approved platform for the treatment of monovision.
In just 3 seconds, the iDesign system scans the eye, creating a map that is as unique to you as your fingerprint! This sophisticated technology analyzes how light waves pass through your eye. Each scan evaluates over 1,250 data points on the cornea and captures the unique imperfections of your visual pathway. In fact, the iDesign system employs the same technology NASA uses on its space telescope to view new stars millions of miles away. The technology provides measurements down to 0.01 Diopter increments (compared to 0.25 diopter increments used for glasses and contact lens prescriptions); making iDesign 25 times more precise than standard methods for prescribing contacts and glasses. The scans that are captured by iDesign are then transferred to the VISX Star4 Excimer Laser to guide a customized treatment plan that is specifically designed for you!
- Over 18 years of age
- Best corrected vision of 20/40 or better
- Stable glasses prescription for at least two years
- No active eye disease or visually significant cataracts
- No uncontrolled auto-immune disease
- A healthy cornea
- Not pregnant or breastfeeding
Depending on your age you may need reading glasses after LASIK. Presbyopia is a natural aging change that occurs in your early-to-mid-40s. This change is not remedied by refractive surgery. If you use bifocals or reading glasses before LASIK, we expect that you will need them after LASIK as well. There is a treatment option known as monovision, or blended vision, where the dominant eye is corrected for distance vision and the non-dominant eye is left slightly nearsighted. This allows for some range of vision after LASIK, but it is not suitable for everyone.
There are no guarantees with LASIK and you still may need to wear glasses after treatment to achieve your best vision.
Dr. McCormick does his best to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Numbing drops are used to anesthetize the eye so you should not feel pain. There is a feeling of pressure during creation of the LASIK flap. This sensation lasts about 30 seconds per eye. The laser treatment that delivers your vision correction is also typically about 30 seconds.
About 1-3 hours after the procedure you may experience a mild burning sensation. Some patients equate this to peeling onions. Dr. McCormick prescribes a pain reliever to be taken as needed. Most patients are comfortable with taking nothing more than Tylenol or Advil.
With a highly trained and experienced surgeon, LASIK is relatively safe. In fact, studies suggest that the risk of having a reduction in best corrected vision due to a complication of LASIK surgery is less than the risk of the same degree of damage from complications of long-term contact lens wear. Vermont Laser Vision offers a state-of-the-art facility where your safety is our top priority.
During your preoperative consultation, Dr. McCormick will have a candid conversation with you about the procedure, risks and alternatives. Some of these risks include over or under correction, LASIK flap complication, dry eye, glare, loss of best corrected vision or infection. It is Dr. McCormick’s goal to provide you with the best possible outcome. Careful patient selection and clear communication about realistic expectations is a pivotal part of his practice.