LASIK can be used to treat nearsightedness (myopia), far sightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.
Together, these conditions are called refractive error. They result from a mis-match between the strength of the eye’s optical focus (determined primarily by the curvature of the cornea and the condition of the lens), and the length of the eye, from cornea to retina.
Often, compensatory optics be attained with glasses or contacts. Nearsighted glasses are represented below with a ‘minus’ or concave lens.
Fortunately, for many people who would prefer not to wear glasses or contacts LASIK is a wonderful option.
LASIK, or Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis, is really a 2 stage (though very brief) operation.
The first stage involves the creation of a corneal flap. The flap is a thin (approximately 1/10th of a millimeter) section of cornea, that stays connected via a small hinge.
This flap can be created with a bladed device, known as a microkeratome.
Dr. Richheimer and Mile High Eye
Institute offer 100% blade-free LASIK.
Stage 2 of the LASIK operation occurs after the flap is carefully lifted. Dr. Richheimer uses multiple laser platforms including the Allegretto Wavelight shown below. This excimer laser precisely re-sculpts the cornea, imparting a new corneal shape.
The amazing aspects of this laser includes at number of facets. A precise amount of cornea is removed by the laser, without damaging the cornea left behind. The laser also has a remarkable pupil tracking device helps ensure consistent application of the laser. If a patient’s eye moves, the laser moves right with the eye. This helps ensure the best possible optics, and the highest chance of 20/20 vision following LASIK.
A comfortable experience.
While we like you to be as educated as possible, we’ll worry about the technical details (and we do sweat the details!)
You should know that LASIK is typically pain free and comfortable. Dr. Richheimer will talk you through the procedure, helping reassure you along the way. After LASIK, the two common words we here are ‘that’s it?’
Better vision without glasses awaits.
Your consultation will begin the way it should. We utilize incredible technology to analyze your eye. You’ll meet will meet Dr. Richheimer personally, and thoroughly discuss your candidacy for LASIK. We discuss alternatives to LASIK, including PRK, the implantable contact lens, clear lens exchange, and the option of no surgery at all. All discussions are individualized to you, and there’s no hard sales pitch. Dr. Richheimer will answer all your questions, and keep you informed at every step.
Dr. Richheimer’s pledge is to give you the best experience and the best outcome for your LASIK surgery.
We want you to know you are in expert hands. Dr. Richheimer has performed over 10,000 LASIK surgeries, including surgery for celebrities, fellow surgeons, and his own family. His expertise on corneal transplantation has earned Dr. Richheimer local teaching awards to resident surgeons. He serves as a referral source for the most complicated LASIK issues for doctors throughout the mountain West. But most of all, Dr. Richheimer cares. He understands your vision is tremendously important. Striving for and achieving amazing outcomes is what we do best.
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