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Modern LASIK: A Safe and Fast Procedure

By: Dr. Leslie Emmert-Buck


Many people have a negative view of laser vision correction procedures, such as modern LASIK. At Capstone Vision, we typically find that it’s because they’re afraid of the procedure. Part of this is due to people’s natural tendency to fear surgery in general, but a good portion of it comes from simple misinformation. The fact is, SBK — Sub-Bowman’s Keratomileusis — is a safe procedure.

When compared to the risks of wearing contacts improperly, it can even be considered safer. As the American Refractive Surgery Council notes, studies show that less than 1 percent of people experience complications, while only 30 percent experience transient symptoms such as dry eye during the first three months.

At Capstone, we want you to feel comfortable with the idea of SBK, because it has so many benefits for you.

Here is our process for SBK (modern LASIK) procedures

Before the Procedure

Our first step is a simple candidacy quiz to make sure that you’re qualified for this surgery. If you seem to be a good fit, based on the quiz, we will schedule an evaluation to further evaluate you and discuss any questions or concerns that you might have. At your evaluation you will go through a series of state-of-the-art diagnostic machines that provide important information about your eye structures, from your eye lids to the back of you eye. You should also bring up any questions or concerns you have.

If you and Dr. Emmert-Buck decide that SBK is the right path for you, we’ll schedule a time for the actual procedure.

The Procedure

We do the procedure in our laser suite at Capstone Vision so you do not need to travel anywhere. We will take good care of you and be with you the entire time. The procedure itself only takes about 10 minutes per eye. You can expect to be in our suite between 20 and 30 minutes, and on-site for no longer than 90 minutes.

SBK is all done using a laser. It creates a very thin flap in the cornea, which is then folded back so that the cornea can be reshaped by a second laser. The doctor then lays the flap back in place. The actual laser treatment usually takes less than one minute (really!). If you want to see exactly how the surgery is performed, you can check out videos on our site by clicking here.

After the Procedure

After the procedure, you should go home to rest. You should have someone drive you home from the surgery. If a friend or family member isn’t available, we’ll get a Lyft for you.

We provide eye shields to protect your eyes from bumps or rubbing while you sleep. We will schedule a follow-up visit for the day after your surgery to check on your vision and the healing process.

Most patients are able to return to work the day after surgery. Certain procedures may take three to four days, however. At your follow-up visit, we’ll check your vision, check your eye under the microscope, and answer any questions you may have.

Ultimately, however, SBK is incredibly safe. More than 9 million procedures have been performed worldwide, with an over 96 percent satisfaction rate. This is due in large part to the incredibly low risk of complications.

If you’re interested in SBK, fill out our candidacy quiz here, and we’ll be in touch with you about a future consultation. To learn more, you can call Capstone Vision or use this form on our website.

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