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There are several misconceptions floating around about Sub-Bowman’s Keratomileusis (SBK), or “modern LASIK.” These misconceptions might cause you to avoid or refuse a procedure that could greatly increase your quality of life.

So here are the facts: SBK is an incredibly safe and rewarding procedure, with over 96 percent reported patient satisfaction.

Did you know that LASIK is the most successful elective medical procedure in history?

And while 9 million procedures have been performed over the last 25 years, SBK is very different from what LASIK was at the beginning.

Many of the reasons that people avoid SBK are based on a misunderstanding of the risks or how the procedure works. But when people know the facts, they’re more likely to have the procedure done. In fact, LASIK surgeons themselves — including Dr. Emmert-Buck — and their immediate family members undergo the procedure at a rate of nearly five times the general population because they believe in the technology and its overwhelming benefits.

Here are 4 of the most common myths about SBK and LASIK, and the truths that debunk them:

1. SBK Is More Dangerous Than Wearing Contacts

Many people continue to wear contact lenses as opposed to getting SBK because they believe it’s safer. But studies show that contact wearers have a one in 2,000 chance of developing complications, as opposed to a one in 10,000 chance with LASIK. Furthermore, a recent meta-analysis published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in 2017 concluded that over time the risk for infection was higher for overnight contact lens wear compared to LASIK.

Meanwhile, a 2016 study published in the American Academy of Ophthalmology found that for people who received LASIK compared to people who wore contacts, “current LASIK technology improved ease of night driving, did not significantly increase dry eye symptoms, and resulted in higher levels of satisfaction at one, two, and three years follow-up.”

The study compared how happy 1,800 people were with their choice of vision correction over a three-year period. During that time period, most LASIK patients said they could drive better at night after the procedure than with contacts or glasses. They also reported fewer eye infections, ulcers and abrasions. Meanwhile 88 percent of former contact lens wearers and 77 percent of former glasses wearers said they were “strongly satisfied” with LASIK at the third year.

2. You Can Only Use SBK To Treat Nearsightedness (Myopia)

A misconception that some people have is that SBK only treats a specific kind of vision loss, namely, nearsightedness. But at Capstone, we use SBK to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.

At Capstone, by using our state-of-the-art diagnostic machines and Dr. Emmert-Buck’s expertise, we will make sure you are a good candidate for a procedure. We will not hesitate to tell you if your eyes do not qualify.

To see if you’re eligible for SBK, fill out this simple form. We’ll contact you with the results and schedule a free screening for further evaluation.

3. SBK Is A Long, Painful Procedure

When you think of medical procedures, especially those that involve your eyes, you might be understandably worried. You will be taken care of if you have a procedure at Capstone. We will be with you the entire time. You may worry about how you keep your eye open or how you keep your head still during the procedure. We gently hold your eye lids open and use a pillow that fits around your head so you don’t even need to think about these issues. We will talk you through it all.

And you might tend to think of something that’s long, drawn-out, and painful. But this cannot be further from the truth for patients who undergo the SBK procedure.

Most of our clients are only in our suite between 20 and 30 minutes, and on-site for no longer than 90 minutes. The actual treatment is usually less than a minute! Most clients only feel a very brief minimal amount of pressure.

4. It Takes A Long Time To Recover From an SBK Procedure

Some people are wary of SBK because they think there will be a long recovery period. If you’re especially busy with work, you likely don’t have the time to be without your vision for days on end. We get that. Luckily, with SBK you don’t have to be.

Most of our clients are able to return to work the day after their surgery.

We do recommend that you go home immediately after the surgery and rest, and we will also want to see you the next day for a post-operative visit. But in most cases, you are free to get back to work after your appointment.

If you have any further questions about SBK or want to schedule an appointment to discuss your options with Dr. Emmert-Buck, contact Capstone Vision today by clicking here or calling 248-710-0063.

A visit to the ophthalmologist is pretty standard, right? Maybe at most practices, but at Capstone Vision, your visit to the eye doctor is anything but ordinary.

Capstone is a long-time vision (no pun intended!) of Dr. Leslie Emmert-Buck’s. Her goal is to build a new type of eye care and vision correction center that is focused on patient care in unique ways. That means that we care about you as a whole person — and we show it.

When you fill out your new-patient paperwork, you’ll find some unusual questions on it — questions we think you’ll find to be more fun than the average medical history questions! You’ll get to tell us about your favorite music, hobbies, drinks and more. Why? Because we want to get to know you. 

At the Office

When you enter our office, you can expect a friendly team member to greet you in a relaxing atmosphere where you can grab a drink while you wait. And when we say the waiting area will be relaxing, we mean it. You won’t experience a hectic space with phones ringing off the hook.

That sense of calm extends into the exam and procedure rooms. In today’s world of health care, it can be hard to feel heard by your doctor or to find one who can spend time with you to thoroughly explain what’s going on in terms you can understand. But Dr. Emmert-Buck is that doctor. Her goal is to give you the best care and to treat you like family. She will eagerly listen to your concerns — and successes! — and believes in empowering each patient. She will learn about your history and lifestyle, then use her expertise and diagnostic information to educate you about your vision and suggested treatment options as well as general wellness.

She is passionate about the newest advances in vision correction and loves to teach patients about eye care as it pertains them, with a holistic approach. This means that, in addition to vision correction procedures, Dr. Emmert-Buck may make recommendations about general nutrition, supplements and vitamins, and eye drops that can help you better care for your eyes.

Our Lifelong Vision Partnership exam thoroughly assesses your eyes from front to back, using the doctor’s knowledge and state-of-the-art technology. From this exam, you’ll gain an understanding of your eye health and a customized plan for optimal vision depending on what stage you’re at in life.

Vision correction services that we offer include:

  • SBK (Sub-Bowman’s Keratomileusis; definition: advanced LASIK)
  • ASA (Advanced Surface Ablation)
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Near Vision Solutions
  • Dry Eye Solutions

And we know that it can be hard to plan your procedures to align with family or a friend’s schedule, so if you come in for SBK and need a ride home, we can help. Just let us know and we’ll have a Lyft pick you up so you can relax knowing it’s taken care of.

At Capstone Vision of Auburn Hills, our motto is “See well. Feel well. Be well.” And Dr. Emmert-Buck believes that when you’re confident in your vision and appearance, you feel good and are more excited to create the life you want. So come in to discover options to get your glasses and contacts out of your way.

If all this isn’t exciting enough, we’ve got big plans for the future that we’re excited to share when the time is right. We hope you’ll grow with us!

To learn more or schedule your appointment with Dr. Emmert-Buck, click here or call 248-710-0063.