Dr. Schwartz explains if LASIK eye surgery is always the best option for an individual with a vision problem and shares if LASIK can treat an astigmatism.
You know, we talk about LASIK and I would tell you that over the last couple of years a lot of the LASIK patients that have come in to my practice have come in having researched LASIK, done their homework, they checked me out, they say, “This is where I want to go have my LASIK done,” and probably 30% aren’t candidates for LASIK, where that’s not their best choice. Some of them need what’s called a Visian ICL™, which is an implantable lens from STAAR® Surgical where their prescription is just too high for LASIK. LASIK is not as safe as the Visian would be in that case.
Other patients have a little cataract or they are looking for what we were talking about earlier where you want both distance and reading out of the correction, and that could be done now with multifocal lenses. You put a multifocal lens in each eye; both eyes are corrected for distance; both eyes are corrected for reading and there’s even computer vision as well.
So they are able to see at three levels out of both eyes so they keep their binocularity, they continue to be able to see far away, and it solves their problem for the rest of their life, which is really amazing because after lens replacement their eyes don’t change significantly at all.
If you have astigmatism, LASIK is a wonderful option. It corrects astigmatism very well. In fact, many of my lens procedures I have done because they don’t correct astigmatism. They are done to fix the nearsightedness, the farsightedness, the in between, but afterwards we follow up by doing laser surgery on top of their eye to get rid of their astigmatism. So, it’s often not just one procedure that’s necessary, but a combination of the best procedures to get the result we are looking for.
About Dr. Jay Schwartz, D.O.:
Dr. Jay L. Schwartz is arguably the most prolific refractive surgeon in the valley. Having performed over 28,000 LASIK surgeries and offering both IntraLASIK and Custom LASIK procedures, it is not hard to see why professional athletes have trusted the Schwartz Laser Eye Center since 2001. Dr. Jay L. Schwartz is the team ophthalmologist for the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, world champion Phoenix Mercury and the team LASIK ophthalmologist for the Phoenix Coyotes. The Schwartz Laser Eye Center is also the official LASIK center of the Suns, Coyotes, and Diamondbacks making it easy to see why Schwartz Laser Eye Center is synonymous with professionalism. In fact, Schwartz Laser Center’s doctors spend every spring assisting numerous professional baseball teams preparing for the upcoming year.