If you are seeking LASIK surgery in Denver, please contact our practice for a complete guide to laser eye surgery. Learn from the ophthalmologist who provided LASIK for the Colorado Crush and many other professional and world class athletes about what this procedure can do for you!
William Hines, M.D., and Justin P. Coco, D.O. have performed more than 50,000 LASIK procedures at Hines-Sight in Denver, Colorado: Our surgeons reduce or eliminate the need for glasses with this simple, painless procedure. Dr. Hines has provided laser vision correction for many professional athletes from both Denver, Colorado, and around the country. People choose Hines-Sight for LASIK surgery because of our vast experience, compassionate care, dedication to excellence and excellent results.
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. It 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. It 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 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 initial exam.
During the procedure, 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 the surgery is complete, the corneal flap is put back in place and 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 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.
There is a good possibility that LASIK could help you see better considering your situation. The only way to determine this 100% is for you to come in. Go ahead and schedule a consultation and we get you the answers for correcting your vision.
Many people tell us affording LASIK is difficult. Do not feel you are alone in the case. We have a couple of different financing options and we also take credit cards as well. We never want the price of LASIK to hold you back so come talk with us and we can guide you through the financing approval process.
I know there are a lot of credible eye surgeons in Denver and I would never want to say I am the best but my experience ranks up there with any practicing ophthalmologist in Denver. I spent many years as the team eye doctor for the Denver Broncos and had a wonderful experience. My experience with patients and complex eye surgery cases is excellent and I feel good about my skillset.
The final outcome and speed of healing of the 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:
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.
Did you know that LASIK eye surgery is performed with an 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 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 patient has ever gone blind, but there have been dissatisfied patients. Expectations regarding laser 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.
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.