Since its inception, LASIK has given tens of millions of people clearer vision and independence from visual aids. Many patients claim that having the elective surgery is one of the best decisions they’ve ever made. By restoring clear vision, LASIK helps patients live fuller, more productive lives.
If you have a refractive error and can’t function without glasses or contact lenses, it’s worth considering your laser vision correction options with respected New York City LASIK surgeon Sandra Belmont. She played an instrumental part in the evolution of LASIK as we know it today, and is known around the world for producing truly remarkable outcomes.
Why Choose Dr. Belmont for LASIK Surgery?
Ask Dr. Belmont’s patients why they chose her to perform surgery and they will probably mention her experience first. A fellowship-trained corneal surgeon, Dr. Belmont played a key role in the development and advancement of laser refractive surgery. She served as one of New York City’s principal investigators in the FDA studies that led to the approval for LASIK and PRK.
Dr. Belmont has performed tens of thousands of procedures, and her patients include other doctors (her nickname is the “Doctors’ Doctor”), celebrities, heads of state and patients from all corners of the world that travel to her NYC practice in search of her expertise.
In addition to offering traditional and bladeless LASIK, Dr. Belmont is specially known for her “No-Cut” approach to LASIK. No-Cut LASIK has a superior safety profile compared to conventional and bladeless LASIK because it eliminates the risk of flap-related complications. Yet it offers the same, and even better, visual outcomes versus LASIK and bladeless LASIK.
What Is LASIK?
LASIK is a laser procedure that reshapes the cornea so it can correctly refract light onto the retina. During a traditional LASIK procedure, a thin flap is created in the surface of the cornea with a microkeratome (or in bladeless LASIK, a femtosecond laser). Then, an excimer laser is used to reshape the corneal tissue. Afterward, the flap is restored over the eye, where it heals itself.
During No-Cut LASIK, instead of creating a flap in the cornea, Dr. Belmont simply removes the surface cells before reshaping the underlying tissues. This eliminates the chance that the flap won’t properly adhere to the eye’s surface, or that microscopic wrinkles will develop in the flap and cause distorted vision.
Is undergoing No-Cut LASIK painful?
No-Cut LASIK is not painful. The eyes are numbed and patients receive special medication to put them into a relaxed state during treatment.
How long is the procedure?
No-Cut LASIK generally takes about 15 minutes to complete. The actual laser correction takes only seconds.
No-Cut LASIK vs. Traditional LASIK Candidacy
Suitable candidates for No-Cut LASIK are generally over the age of 18, in good health with a stable vision prescription (i.e., no changes for 6+ months) and want to reduce their dependency on glasses or contact lenses. For traditional LASIK, candidates must also have a certain corneal thickness in order to withstand the creation of the corneal flap.
Candidacy for No-Cut LASIK versus traditional LASIK is similar, but with less concern regarding corneal thickness. The procedure is a great option for most individuals that do not qualify for traditional LASIK because their corneas are a bit on the thin side.
Pre-Op Instructions for No-Cut LASIK
Every patient receives comprehensive pre-operative instructions from Dr. Belmont.
In general, patients need to remove their contact lenses less than a week prior to surgery and wear glasses instead. Eye make-up, lotions and creams should not be worn on the day of surgery.
Post-Op Care after No-Cut LASIK
Dr. Belmont will provide detailed instructions for post-operative care.
After surgery, vision may be blurry or distorted for a few days as the eyes heal. Special eyedrops and medications are prescribed to use during the No-Cut LASIK recovery process. Patients will return to see Dr. Belmont for routine follow-up visits as they progress post-operatively.
How Long Lasting Are the Results?
In most cases, No-Cut LASIK results are considered permanent. A small number of people might experience regression in the years following LASIK, but the need for repeat treatment is rare.
LASIK cost depends on the particular procedure and technology used. Cost and financing options are discussed during the consultation phase.
Schedule a LASIK Consultation
To schedule a LASIK consultation with Dr. Belmont, please call (212) 486-2020 or email Belmont Eye Center today.