LASIK Eye Surgery
If you are seeking LASIK in Denver, please contact our practice for a complete guide to LASIK eye surgery. Learn from the ophthalmologist who provides LASIK for the Colorado Crush and many other professional and world class athletes about what LASIK can do for you!
William Hines, M.D., has performed more than 40,000 LASIK procedures at his practice in Denver, Colorado: As a LASIK eye surgeon, he reduces or eliminates the need for glasses with this simple, painless procedure. Dr. Hines has provided LASIK for many professional athletes in Denver, Colorado, from around the country. People choose Hines-Sight for LASIK surgery because of our vast experience, compassionate care, dedication to excellence and excellent results.
What is LASIK?
LASIK actually stands for Laser in-situ keratomileusis, which is the most commonly performed type of laser eye surgery. This procedure is generally safe, effective, and has very few side effects. LASIK is a great option for many individuals considering laser vision correction for a variety of personal and professional reasons. LASIK may not promise perfect vision, however; it is a highly successful procedure that can, at the very least, reduce a person’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The lifestyle benefits can be tremendous, enabling people to more freely pursue their hobbies, sports activities or careers. Many just want to be free of the hassle of glasses or contact lenses.
LASIK is a non-invasive, refractive procedure using the technology of the excimer laser along with a well-known instrument called a microkeratome (a sharp metal blade) or a femtosecond laser. LASIK uses a beam of cool light to reshape the surface of the cornea, so that images focus correctly on the retina. A computer, controlled by your LASIK eye surgeon, is used to precisely calculate the exact amount of cornea that needs to be removed for each individual's eyes. The data used to calculate the surgical procedure will be obtained during the LASIK exam.
During LASIK, the microkeratome will be used to create a thin cellophane flap from the surface of the cornea. The flap is then lifted to expose the deeper layer of cornea to be treated. This corneal flap stays attached to the rest of the cornea on one side by a thin hinge. The laser is then positioned into place, and delivers a programmed number of pulses of ultraviolet light onto the newly exposed part of the cornea. Each pulse of the laser removes a microscopic layer of cornea.
After LASIK surgery is complete, the corneal flap is put back in placeand aligned properly. This flap will naturally adhere to the treated cornea. No sutures are needed. Pressure from the eyelid and other factors will hold the flap in place as it heals. The center of the cornea now has been flattened, allowing light rays to be focused more precisely on the retina and images will be seen more clearly. Most LASIK patients notice a dramatic improvement in their vision immediately after the procedure. However, maximum improvement will occur over the next three to four weeks. Both antibiotic drops and steroid drops will be used for a period of two weeks following LASIK surgery to ensure proper healing. Artificial tears will also be used abundantly to help keep the cornea smooth and moist during the healing period.
Follow-Up after LASIK
The final outcome and speed of healing of the LASIK procedure is directly related to the care that is taken of the cornea after the procedure. It is very important to keep all postoperative appointments with your doctor. The recommended exam dates following LASIK are approximately:
- One Day
- One Week
- One Month
- Three Months
- One Year
These increments can be changed according to the rate of healing. Please contact Hines-Sight in Denver, Colorado, to discuss LASIK with an experienced LASIK consultant. To schedule your FREE laser vision correction evaluation call Hines-Sight at 303-777-3277 or toll free at 1-800-626-2156. Our LASIK counselors are standing by to give you a complete understanding of LASIK and the potential benefits this could bring to your life.
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Did you know that LASIK eye surgery is performed with an excimer laser?
What is the Excimer LASER?
LASIK eye surgery involves the use of an excimer laser to permanently change the shape of the cornea, or the outer layer of the eye. The EXCIMER laser, which is a specific type of "cool" laser, generates its power from light in the ultraviolet range. This type of laser cannot be visualized by the human eye. Because the excimer laser does not generate any heat, there is no tissue damage as the result of the laser light. As the treatment with the laser proceeds, microscopic layers of tissue, approximately 1/10th the width of a human hair are removed. The laser is programmed to remove precisely the amount of tissue needed to achieve the desired result.
LASIK involves surgery! Potential LASIK patients need to understand the risks as well as the potential benefits. Many patients worry about complications or vision loss from LASIK eye surgery. New research by the AAO has concluded that after 10 years of monitoring LASIK results the procedure is considered safe and effective. No LASIK patient has ever gone blind, but there have been dissatisfied patients. Expectations regarding LASIK eye surgery need to be discussed with a surgeon. Your surgeon should make you feel comfortable and you should have a certain level of confidence in your surgeon before undergoing surgery. If you are considering lasik, you may find comfort in the fact that complications resulting from lasik surgery is very rare.
Possible LASIK Risks Include:
Flap complications, flap dislocation, corneal damage, corneal scarring, corneal swelling, droopy eyelid, contact lens intolerance, discomfort, difficulties with night driving, dry eyes, and vision that is not as good as the best corrected vision preoperatively.
William Hines M.D. - LASIK surgeon timeline1969 - Completed Undergraduate Degree, BA in chemistry
@ Colorado College 19681972 - Married to wife, Ann
@ University of Colorado 1969
1973 - Completed Medical School at University of Colorado Health Science Center
1974 - Completed Internship at Alameda County Health Care Services At Highland General Hospital
1976 - Completed Residency in Internal Medicine
1977 - Board Certified American Board of Internal Medicine
1977 - 1980 - Clinical Instructor in ER Medicine at Denver General Hospital
1977 - 1986 Participated in USVBA Nationals in 6 man volley ball
1980 - Completed Ophthalmology Residency
1981 - Board Certified American Board of Ophthalmology
1981 - Board Certified American Board of Eye Surgery
1981 - present -- Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology At University of Colorado Health Science Center
1982 - Becomes Denver Bronco Team Ophthalmologist
1983 - One of first surgeons to perform RK in Denver
1988 - Becomes Denver Nuggets Team Ophthalmologist
1992 - First ALK (automated lamellar keratectomy), predecessor to LASIK
1996 - Colorado Avalanche Team Ophthalmologist
1995 - Certified in PRK
1996 - First Lasik
1997 - First Surgeon in Colorado to implant Premium IOLs
2000 - Nidek Laser National Certified Trainer
2004 - Becomes Team Ophthalmologist for the Colorado Crush
2004 - First Surgeon in Colorado to implant Verisyse IOL
2005 - First Surgeon to perform Epi Lasik in Colorado
2006 - First Custom Wavefront Lasik
2006 - First Surgeon in Colorado to implant Visian IOL
2006 - First Surgeon in Denver to perform DALK
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