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What is LASIK?
Our LASIK Technologies

What is LASIK?

How well you see depends on the shape of your cornea, which is the eye’s clear covering. Generally speaking, in nearsighted people, the cornea is too curved. In farsighted people, the cornea is too flat. People with astigmatism have an oval-shaped cornea.

LASIK surgery works by gently and precisely reshaping the cornea with a cool beam from a laser so that it can focus light correctly on the retina. Specifically, LASIK flattens the cornea in the treatment of nearsightedness, steepens the cornea in the treatment of farsightedness, and rounds out the cornea in the treatment of astigmatism. With each pulse the laser re-sculpts 39-millionths of an inch in a tiny fraction of a second.

LASIK, or Laser in-situ keratomileusis, is approved by the¬†FDA¬†for the treatment of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. More than 10 million people have had this miraculous procedure in the United States alone and more than 40 million worldwide. Custom Lasik laser eye surgery¬†helps people live more active and independent lives. Dr. Kelly offers LASIK in¬†two New York locations. The procedure, which takes approximately 15 minutes, can be performed at either Dr. Kelly’s Long Island or New York LASIK facilities.

The LASIK Procedure

Dr. Kelly uses only the IntraLase laser to raise a thin flap of corneal tissue. He then uses a excimer laser to re-sculpt the cornea. After the laser portion is performed, the flap is replaced and it bonds in place. The LASIK procedure is easily performed on a bed in the office.

At the conclusion of the procedure, the patient is brought to a relaxation room for several minutes where eye drops and postoperative instructions are administered. The patient is given protective sunglasses to wear out of the office. Many patients can notice the initial results immediately, which improve for several weeks.

Read more to learn¬†about Dr. Kelly’s New York laser vision correction practice¬†and how laser eye surgery works.

Millions of people are enjoying these life-enhancing benefits and millions more are exploring the laser eye surgery procedure that may free them from the use of glasses and contact lenses.

Our LASIK Technologies

Dr. Kelly uses only the most state-of-the-art equipment on his patients. Each of our high precision, FDA-approved lasers allows Dr. Kelly the greatest chance of obtaining 20/20 vision for every patient. The degree of accuracy and predictability for these advanced lasers is unrivaled in the field of corrective laser eye surgery. Dr. Kelly will determine which of our lasers is best for you. We pride ourselves on offering multiple lasers so that the most appropriate technology is utilized on each patient.

Dr. Kelly is one of only a very few surgeons in the New York area who uses the IntraLase laser to create the corneal flap. This technology leads to a smoother surface and allows Dr. Kelly to achieve the best possible results in certain patients.

How LASIK Works

Customized/Wavefront LASIK:

Wavefront-guided LASIK surgery represents the latest advance in vision correction. Unlike other LASIK procedures, with wavefront-guided LASIK Dr. Kelly can correct for minute aberrations beyond just the shape of the cornea. Wavefront technology measures distortions in the eye beyond the typical measurements of vision that have been used for centuries. With wavefront-guided LASIK, Dr. Kelly is able to perform a customized treatment for each patient based on the unique shape of his or her eye and the internal composition.

The treatment is unique to each eye just as a fingerprint is unique. Patients who have undergone wavefront-guided LASIK often obtain even better vision than they had before with their glasses or contact lenses.

The¬†wavefront ablation procedure¬†sets a new standard for vision correction, with the potential to enable better vision than with glasses or contacts. Originally developed for use in high-powered telescopes to reduce distortions when viewing distant galaxies, this technology evaluates specific imperfections in each individual’s vision. It employs a diagnostic system that captures a fingerprint of the eye, which is 25 times more precise than what was previously measurable by standard methods for glasses and contact lenses. This wavefront data is then used to generate a customized, unique treatment for each individual eye by transferring data from the wavefront machine directly and precisely into the laser.

The benefit of¬†wavefront¬†technology begins with the evaluation when the surgeon gathers important information about a person’s vision to determine the best course of action to pursue.

FDA data demonstrated that 98% of patients could see 20/20 or better without glasses or contacts after wavefront LASIK. Also four times as many people were very satisfied with their night vision. Remarkably, 70% of patients could see better than 20/20 after the procedure.

The bottom line is that people who are considering¬†vision correction¬†need to take the initiative to educate themselves on the technology available and make sure they aren’t settling for anything but the best. When you choose a surgeon who is committed to technology, you are taking a step toward clear vision.

For patients who would like more information on wavefront technology, please visit the following web site:

All laser LASIK (IntraLasik)

The IntraLase Laser marks the first significant advancement in flap-creation technology in nearly 50 years. With its computer-controlled software, the IntraLase laser brings a level of accuracy and precision to flap creation for LASIK that is not attainable with mechanical blade technology. This all-laser approach provides patients with a safer, bladeless alternative to the microkeratome and offers Dr. Kelly a computer-controlled, minimally-invasive technique that reliably creates precise corneal flaps.  Click here to read more about the ItraLase AMO Laser.

To Experience the Kelly Difference and start seeing better, sign up for your free consultation online today, or call us at 1.877.377.EYES.

Allegretto Wavelight Eye-Q

The¬†Allegretto Wavelight¬†technology provides excellent results by shortening surgery times and using innovative eye tracking. The laser’s eye tracking system adjusts to the high speed laser beam in order to provide precise centration. Patients are provided both safe and reliable results with¬†Allegretto wavelight Eye-Q Laser.¬†¬†Click here¬†to read more about the Allegretto laser.

Visx STAR S4 Laser

We offer the Visx STAR S4 laser that includes CustomVue wavefront analysis and customized treatment of each individual patient. The Visx ActiveTrak laser allows Dr. Kelly to track your eye movements in all three dimensions during the treatment. Patients feel more comfortable and secure knowing that the laser is monitoring their natural eye movements. Large pupils can also be treated with precision on the Visx STAR S4 CustomVue system.


Free LASIK Procedure Guide

Which vision correction procedure is right for me?

Because everyone’s eyes are different, we cannot recommend a particular procedure until you come in for a thorough eye examination. At this time, Dr. Kelly will assess your eye condition along with a number of other factors in order to determine which refractive procedure would give you the optimum vision results. To schedule your free vision consultation, call us at 1-877-377-EYES.

See LASIK vs Clear Lens Exchange for more information about the LASIK procedure.

Is LASIK safe?

We can tell you that 99% of our patients achieve vision within 2 lines of 20/20. If you examine the experience and track record of our surgeon and our practice, we feel you will have no problem trusting your eyes to us. Dr. Kelly has performed many thousands of successful LASIK procedures.

Does LASIK hurt?

Because the eye is numbed using special anesthetic drops, the procedure itself is only mildly uncomfortable. The patient is awake throughout the procedure and may feel slight pressure. The most uncomfortable period is the few hours following surgery. Most patients experience tearing, which usually disappears within 6 hours. We recommend keeping your eyes closed and resting for this period.

What are the advantages of wavefront-guided LASIK?

Wavefront-guided LASIK represents the latest advance in vision correction. With wavefront-guided LASIK, Dr. Kelly is able to perform a customized treatment for each patient based on the unique shape and internal qualities of his or her eye. Patients who have undergone wavefront-guided LASIK often obtain even better vision than they had before with their glasses or contact lenses.

Are there any risks or side effects?

The overwhelming majority of patients who have had LASIK surgery are extremely satisfied with their results and indicate they would undergo LASIK again if they had the choice. However, as with any surgical procedure, for certain patients the outcome of LASIK may not meet all their expectations. An extremely small percentage of patients may experience complications. Please click here to view some of the more common side effects.

What is the long-term experience with side effects?>

Keratomileusis, or the creation of a corneal flap to correct vision, has been performed since the 1960s. LASIK itself was first performed in the early 1990s and has more than a decade of excellent long-term results. The results appear to be stable for at least ten years. Dr. Kelly and experts around the world expect the results to be stable indefinitely. LASIK does not appear to increase or decrease the chances of developing other eye diseases. If other eye diseases develop because of genetic, aging, or environmental influences, LASIK does not prevent the ability to treat them. Dr. Kelly had LASIK performed on his eyes in 1997.

How important is experience?

Experience is very important! While the latest technology does minimize room for error in a refractive procedure, the surgeon is still in control. And the more experience, the more control. Dr. Kelly has performed many thousands of LASIK procedures with excellent results. Only a skilled, highly-trained surgeon can give you the best results. The more LASIK procedures performed, the more likely the surgeon is to anticipate any complications, and the better prepared he or she is to deal with individual patient characteristics.

What kind of results can I expect from my LASIK procedure?

Because everyone’s eyes are different, we cannot promise you perfect vision. We can, however, give you a good idea what your outcome will be based on your current eye health. Many patients are able to read the clock on the wall in the laser room immediately after¬†LASIK. However, your sight may fluctuate for a period of time after the procedure. It’s important that patients have realistic expectations. While not all patients undergoing LASIK gain 20/20 or better vision, 99% of our LASIK patients see within 2 lines of 20/20 after the procedure. Although most patients are able to see clearly without glasses or contacts after LASIK, some will still require reading glasses or night-driving glasses.

Will I ever have to wear glasses again?

Although LASIK is intended to significantly reduce and likely eliminate your dependence on glasses and contacts, there is no guarantee that you will not have to use some form of eyewear for such tasks as night driving or to obtain your best possible vision after the procedure. Most patients will eventually need glasses or contacts for reading and up-close vision in response to a condition known as presbyopia. Presbyopia typically occurs at around age 40 to 45, regardless of whether one undergoes laser vision correction. The important point to understand about LASIK is that the reshaping of the cornea is permanent.

What is the difference between private LASIK practices and discount providers?

Dr. Kelly and his staff want to let you know that when shopping for eye care, the lowest price is not always the best value. The three main factors that separate private practices and discount laser centers are surgeon experience, technology, and personal care. If you ask around, you will see a noticeable difference in these factors between higher-priced private practices and lower-priced discounters.

For instance, many discount lasik providers do not even allow you to have contact with the surgeon until the day of surgery. Many times your consultation and testing will be done by technicians, and you will not have the comfort of being able to talk with the surgeon first. You should be fully examined and counseled only by the surgeon doing your surgery, both before and after the procedure. Anything less is cutting corners with your vision. Also, many advertised discount prices may have hidden charges.

With Dr. Kelly, your pre-op and post-op visits are included in your surgery price. Another big difference may be technology. Many discount centers do not invest in the latest equipment, possibly limiting a patient’s chance at an optimum outcome. In addition, many discount lasik centers have gone out of business leaving patients stranded. We firmly believe that vision correction surgery is not a prudent place to cut corners.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for Laser Vision Correction?

Please refer to the Am I a Candidate? page.

How much does Laser Vision Correction cost?

Laser vision correction with Dr. Kelly can start as low as $83.00 per month. This includes all pre- and postoperative care and any LASIK-related follow-up care required for two years. Visit our LASIK financing page for more information.

Are financing or payment options available?

Yes, financing options are available. Credit cards are also accepted. Some people choose to set aside pre-tax money from their flexible benefits program at work to save for the procedure. We offer a variety of financing options designed to fit your budget. When you visit us for your free consultation, we’ll go over all the options and help you choose the payment plan to best suit your needs. Visit our¬†Financing page¬†for more information.

When can I return to work after LASIK?

Most patients return to work the next day, so there’s little downtime. The majority of patients feel comfortable driving and using a computer 24 hours after their procedure. Dr. Kelly will suggest that you take it easy for two to three days and will make a recommendation for recovery time based on your individual vision needs, healing, and work environment.

Can I watch live surgery?

Our prospective patients can arrange to view live surgery being performed by Dr. Kelly by calling the office. Most patients undergoing the procedure allow the laser suite curtains to remain open during the surgery so that prospective patients can view the surgery on a large monitor. This opportunity allows for firsthand contact with our patients.

Can I be provided with patient referrals?

We can provide you with a list of patients who have undergone LASIK with Dr. Kelly and are willing to share their experience. Dr. Kelly himself and many of his staff members have also had LASIK surgery. You can also read testimonials here.

What if I blink or my eye moves during the procedure?

Dr. Kelly uses specialized eye-tracking technology that takes into account the natural eye movements everyone has. He also utilizes an eyelid holder that prevents natural blinking.

What is the first step?

If you’re considering LASIK, we’d like you to consider¬†Dr. James Kelly. We urge you to come in for a free initial consultation. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Kelly and discuss the benefits and risks of¬†LASIK¬†and other refractive surgery procedures. Take the first step toward investing in your vision. You won’t regret it! Click here to¬†contact us.