LASIK

KLM Eye MDs

Ophthalmologists located in Midwood, Brooklyn, NY

If you’d like to end your reliance on contact lenses or glasses, LASIK surgery can correct most refractive vision problems. Dr. Mark A. Lebowitz is a cornea specialist at KLM Eye MDs in Brooklyn, New York who performs LASIK surgery at Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital. To explore whether LASIK is right for you, call or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

LASIK Q & A

KLM Eye MDs

What can LASIK correct?

Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is a surgical procedure designed to eliminate your need for corrective lenses. LASIK can be used to correct most vision problems, including:

Myopia (nearsightedness)

Your cornea focuses light in front of your retina, instead of on it, resulting in problems with distance vision.

Hyperopia (farsightedness)

Your cornea focuses light beyond your retina, which hampers your ability to see distance and close-up objects.

Astigmatism

A condition in which your cornea has an oval or an irregular, rather than a spherical shape, causing light to refract unevenly on your retina. There are varying degrees of astigmatism, all of which lead to blurry or distorted vision to differing degrees and can affect both close-up and distance vision.

How is LASIK performed?

LASIK surgery changes the shape of your cornea to help your eyes refract light onto your retina more precisely.

It’s an outpatient surgery, meaning you’re free to return home after the procedure. In fact, LASIK surgery often takes less than an hour thanks to advanced, automated laser technology.

After anesthetizing your eyes, Dr. Lebowitz creates a thin flap in your cornea and peels it back, giving him access to your corneal tissue. From there, he uses a laser to reshape your tissue, enabling your cornea to refract light directly onto your retina for clear vision.

When Dr. Lebowitz finishes your LASIK procedure, he sends you home with eye drops and aftercare instructions. Your vision may be blurry for the first 24 hours, but you should start to see more clearly soon after.

Is LASIK right for me?

Since the mid-1990s, LASIK surgery has helped countless people do away with their corrective eyewear, garnering a 96% success rate along the way. However, the procedure isn’t for everyone. Talk to Dr. Lebowitz about alternatives if you:

  • Are younger than 20
  • Have diabetes
  • Are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant
  • Take medications that affect vision
  • Participate in contact sports

The best way to find out whether LASIK is right for you is to call or schedule a consultation with Dr. Lebowitz using the online booking tool.