Your Surgery At Boothe Eye Care
At the Boothe Eye Care, we make certain that every patient undergoing laser eye treatment has a comfortable and positive experience, from the moment he or she arrives for a consultation to the final follow-up visit with Dr. William Boothe. Our staff of friendly and knowledgeable health professionals understands that any decision to undergo surgery can generate some degree of anxiety. We provide the highest quality care to ensure that our patients know exactly what to expect before, during and after the surgery.
Every laser surgery appointment is preceded by a full consultation with Dr. Boothe. During this visit, Dr. Boothe will examine your eyes, ask you about your medical history, and answer any questions you may have about the procedure. In preparation for the procedure, Dr. Boothe or a staff clinician may also administer a number of tests to map the exact contours and curvature of your eye.
Prior to your scheduled procedure, you will need to designate a friend or family member who will be able to accompany you to the Boothe Eye Care on the day of your surgery and drive you home following the procedure. While you will be able to resume most activities immediately after the procedure, you should avoid operating a car while waiting for the eye to heal. Also remember to get a good night’s rest the evening before your scheduled operation.
On the day of your surgery, dress comfortably. When you arrive at the clinic for the procedure, our staff will help you relax and get settled. Once you are ready, Dr. Boothe will begin the procedure with an anesthetic eye drop to make you comfortable. Depending on the refractive error in your vision, the actual excimer laser treatment can take anywhere from a few seconds to a minute. Throughout the procedure, our staff will be on hand to assist with your every need.
Once the surgery is complete, you will be allowed to rest at the clinic for as long as you need. We will provide medicated eye drops and advise you on how often to apply them to keep your eyes hydrated while they heal. We will also provide you with temporary sunglasses to shield your eyes from sunlight as they may be sensitive immediately following the procedure.
When you are ready to leave the office, your friend or family member may drive you home. Avoid activities or places that may expose your eyes to windy or turbulent conditions. Also avoid falling asleep in the first few hours of the procedure to keep your eyes from drying out, which could slow or complicate the healing process.
Many patients see immediate results in their vision, with gradual improvements over the next few days. In some cases, patients experience vision better than 20/20. Be sure to schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Boothe to assess your recovery process.
Lasik surgery is a medical procedure used as a corrective measure to achieve clear eyesight without using contact lenses or spectacles. Lasik surgery is considered among the most advanced and recent technologies in the field of eye care. This refractive surgery is done for corrective eye defects such as hyperopia, astigmatism and myopia making the patient to see things better than before. This surgery is considered more advanced and has better recovery time in comparison with earlier techniques such as PRK.
History: The Origin of Lasik
Dr. Jose Barraquer, a Spanish ophthalmologist, developed this procedure by introducing microkeratome in 1950. Later, the technique was improved by developing procedures such as radial keratotomy and photorefractive keratotomy in 1970’s and 1983 respectively. Radial Keratotomy is different than LASIK as the corneal cuts are done by using a diamond micrometer knife. Lasers were introduced in refractive surgeries by Rangaswamy Srinivasan who was working in an IBM Research Lab in 1980.
Present – Lasik
At present, the technology is much more sophisticated with the introduction of faster lasers, intraoperative pachymetry, bladeless incision and wavefront-guided and optimized techniques. The pre-operative period of a LASIK surgery require several preparations such as creation of thin flap and folding the eye’s cornea to remodel the tissue behind it using a laser. Repositioning of the flap and the healing of the eye are important during the post-operative period. The patient has to sign a form of consent which explains the possibilities of side effects and complications of the procedure.
During the pre-operative period, patients should not wear any kind of contact lenses, often for a period of 5-21 days prior to surgery. The thickness of the corneas will be measured using a pachymeter and a topographic map of cornea will be created by the topographer using lasers of low-power before performing the actual surgery. This procedure detects astigmatism as well as other irregularities of the cornea. The surgeon will calculate the location and amount of tissue from the cornea that should be removed. In order to reduce the risk of any infection after performing the surgery, the doctor prescribes some antibiotic that has to be self-administered by the patient.
The patient will be awake and can move during the operation, but often the patient will be given anesthetic eye drops and mild sedative to prevent feeling pain. There are three steps that are usually performed during a LASIK surgery:
- Corneal tissue flap should be created
- Remodeling of cornea beneath the flap by using laser
- Repositioning of flap
Creation of a Flap
First of all, the doctor applies a corneal suction ring in to the eye in order to hold the eye in position. The ring should be applied very carefully or else the small blood vessels may burst that result in subconjunctival hemorrhage or bleeding in the white part of the eyes. Even if this happens, it is harmless and will be resolved within weeks. Dim vision may occur in the treated eye due to increased suction. Creation of a flap will be done when the eyes are immobilized. Flap creation is done with a femtosecond laser microkeratome, intraLASIK. This procedure will create tiny bubbles which are arranged closely in the cornea of the eye. The flap is then folded back showing the stroma which is in the middle part of cornea.
Due to the introduction of new technologies in LASIK surgery, the risk of complications after the operation is reduced and more accurate results are achieved. The use of laser in IntraLASIK surgery ensures that there are fewer complications. In order to reduce the risk of any infection after performing the surgery, the doctor prescribes some antibiotic that has to be self-administered by the patient. Much sleep is required after the surgery and the doctor will provide a pair of shields which are darkened in order to protect the eyes of the patient from bright light. Protective goggles are also provided to prevent dry eyes and rubbing of eyes when you are asleep.
If you are a person who would like to have a LASIK surgery, contact Dr. William Boothe who provides LASIK treatment for correcting your eyesight. Boothe Eye Care is located in Plano, Texas and we are experienced eye specialists who provides treatment at very competitive prices. The staff at the doctor’s clinic is well experienced, qualified and efficient. Patients do not have to wait too long to get an appointment with the doctor as both staff and doctor are efficient, ensuring that a minimal waiting time is required. Dr. Boothe uses the latest technology for flap creation which includes the intraLASIK that provides you with ultimate safety and comfort.
The doctor personally will take care of the patients even after the surgery. The staff also helps the patients to follow the instructions of the doctor. He will meet with you in order to check that everything is normal and your eye heals well. Dr. William Boothe explains the procedure of the surgery and the treatment after the surgery to his patients very clearly. He has performed many LASIK and intraLASIK surgeries successfully as he is highly trained in this field of eye surgery using lasers. If you have any complications after the surgery or any question about the possible risks of LASIK surgery, never hesitate to contact Boothe Eye Care and his staff will always be there to answer your questions regarding the procedure.