Dr. Steve Scoper, vice president of Virginia Eye Consultans, has an international reputation in his field as a specialist in all areas of refractive surgery, including LASIK surgery. LASIK is a procedure that uses lasers to reshape the cornea. During this procedure, Dr. Scoper will use a two-step process to correct your vision. In the first step a thin layer from the protective part of the cornea is lifted to create a flap, allowing access to the rest of the cornea. Then the laser is guided through this opening and used to sculpt the cornea into the proper shape. Once complete, the corneal flap is put back into place and seals on its own without the need for stitches. Dr. Scoper uses the latest All-Laser IntraLASIK technique eliminating the microkeratome blade for a much safer and more accurate blade free procedure.
To be a potential candidate for LASIK surgery, you need to be at least 18 years old and have had no changes in your vision for at least 1 year. Following LASIK surgery you should have noticeable improvement within the first 2 hours. Improvement will be the most dramatic the day following your surgery when you are able to return to your normal routines!
The LASIK procedure has gone through many advancements, evolving from the older methods of ALK and PRK. ALK used a hand-held instrument called a microkeratome to perform the procedure, and could only correct nearsightedness. Because this surgery was done completely by hand there was room for a larger margin of error. PRK, the precursor to LASIK, appeared in 1987. This procedure does not involve making a corneal flap but uses an excimer laser to work directly on the outer surface of the cornea. PRK can correct nearsightedness, astigmatism, and some farsightedness. LASIK combines the use of the corneal flap from ALK with the excimer laser used in PRK. These new laser technologies now make it possible to correct a more extensive range of refractive error, including the elimination of using the less predictable performance of mechanical microkeratome and surgical blades to create the corneal flap.
This procedure has become increasingly popular in recent years because of monumental technological advances and drastically reduced recovery times. More than 1 million LASIK surgeries are performed in the United States each year. This number will keep growing as evolving technologies continue to improve all aspects of LASIK surgery: availability, reliability, and affordability. Dr. Scoper and Virginia Eye Consultants use the most advanced laser technology available to perform completely blade-free LASIK procedures, with optimum predictability and efficiency.