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LASIK Surgery Co-management

LASIK Basics

eye with laserLASIK – or laser eye surgery – is the eye surgery of choice for most North Americans choosing vision correcting surgery. Some people mistakenly call it it “LASIX,” yet the proper name is LASIK, an acronym for “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis.” What contributes to the popularity of LASIK over other types of eye surgeries? LASIK features vision which is already great the next day, and a virtually pain-free recovery period.

How is LASIK performed?

During the LASIK procedure, a tool called a microkeratome or a laser is utilized to slice and lift back a thin, round flap from the cornea, which allows access into deeper structures of the eye. Then, an axcimer laser is used to ablate, or remove, some of the corneal cells underneath, reshaping its curvature so the eye can focus light precisely toward the back of the eyeball, which restores the patient’s sharp vision. At the end, the corneal flap is replaced.

LASIK is beneficial for correcting refractive errors like farsightedness and nearsightedness. To correct farsightedness, the cornea curvature is deepened and with nearsightedness it is flattened. Astigmatism, the other major contributor to refractive error, is corrected by smoothing out the irregularly shaped corneal surface.

The optometrist at our Lancaster, OH Eye Care Practice offers pre-operative analysis and post-operative care for LASIK and various other vision correction eye surgeries. LASIK has now become the most popular option for refractive eye surgery. We can help you navigate the choices and figure out which is best for you, and then refer you to a top quality eye surgeon. Plus, our Practice will be here for you during the recovery period after LASIK.

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To all True Vision patients, customers and friends:

Dr Hopkins and the staff of True Vision want to say thank you for both your patronage and especially your patience during this uncertain time. The AOA and CDC have recommended that we reduce our services to emergencies only for the time being. We will remain available by phone to answer questions, place contact lens orders and schedule appointments for any emergency situations.  Dr. Hopkins is also available by way of FaceTime and Skype for Telemedicine.

Our service hours will be Tuesday and Friday ONLY 10 am-4 pm beginning Tuesday, April 7th until further notice. The office phone number is 740-277-7550 and voicemail is available for any questions or concerns outside of these hours. However, the office is closed to all walk-in traffic.

For our contact lens wearers:

If you need a supply of contacts for the next 2-3 months, we suggest placing an order ASAP as we can not predict how long suppliers will be filling orders. Also, Dr Hopkins will be extending contact lens prescriptions if necessary for 3 additional months without a new exam and fitting on a case by case basis. Lastly, orders of 2 or more boxes can be shipped to you at no additional cost if you prefer.

For our outstanding glasses orders:

You may either pick up your glasses on a drive-by/handoff basis (no adjustments) or we can mail them to you at no additional charge. This is not an ideal way to dispense eyewear but we are trying to follow social distancing guidelines.

We have more detailed information available on our website at drannahopkins.com

Finally, we are so grateful for all of our patients, customers and friends. Dr Hopkins’ ultimate goal for us here at True Vision is to be here for you as long as possible to do whatever we can and to be ready when the smoke eventually clears. Let’s all do what we can for each other by staying home when we’re able, washing our hands and being patient and kind to each other.

Our sincerest thanks,

Dr Anna K Hopkins and the staff at True Vision