Laser Vision Correction (LVC) in Virginia Beach: Free ConsultationTo fully determine whether you are a good candidate for SUPRALASE® or another type of refractive eye procedure, you should have a thorough consultation by an ophthalmologist. Call 757-428-1005 to book your FREE Consultation to ensure that your eyes or current prescription are eligible for a laser vision correction procedure.
- Corneal Topography. A surface map of the corneal that reveals details of the cornea’s curvature. Topographical mapping of the cornea reveals regular and irregular astigmatism as well as certain conditions of the cornea like keratoconus or corneal scarring. The results of the topography are useful in determining your probable visual outcome from refractive surgery.
- Pachymetry. A measurement of the thickness of your cornea, usually presented in microns (0.001 of a millimeter). Corneal thickness is very important determining factor in which refractive procedure is best for you.
- Stability of Refraction. This is necessary before any refractive surgery procedure. This may be determined by comparing your most recent glasses prescription with an older glasses prescription or by comparing your refraction done in our office with your current glasses. If your refractive error (glasses prescription) is still changing, it is better to wait until it is stable before having any refractive procedure.
- Tear Production. Moist eyes heal faster and have better vision. Inadequate tear production causes a “scratchy” discomfort and less than optimal vision results after your refractive procedure. If you have any signs of decreased tear production or actual dry eyes, we will discuss appropriate actions to help you acquire and maintain sufficient ocular lubrication prior to your surgical procedure.>
Laser Vision Correction: Refractive ExamOur refractive exam is designed to give our surgeon all of the measurements needed to customize your laser vision procedure. We use state-of-the-art technology to personalize your procedure to achieve your optimal vision. Our doctors’ philosophy is that preoperative testing is of paramount importance in the selection of the refractive procedure.
We are able to see your eye’s fingerprint. WavePrint, Wavescan, Custom Vue…They are all part of the newest technology available for laser vision correction, the Waveprint system.
The WavePrint system allows us to personalize your laser vision correction. Your vision is unique. It is as personal as your fingerprints or DNA.
The VISX Star S4 IR Laser incorporates customized wavefront-guided treatments. The WavePrint system is exclusive to the VISX brand. Essentially, the system allows the surgeon to take a fingerprint of your cornea to map out any abnormal contours that are unique to your eye and cater to them during your procedure.
Custom Vue is the use of the computerized details, put on disk and transferred to the laser computer for your personalized laser vision correction procedure. This information is used in conjunction with the laser vision correction such as LASIK or PRK.
We will be measuring your pupils and doing a number of other tests that require us to dilate your eyes at the refractive exam. Depending on your comfort, you may need a driver the day of your exam. You will receive prescriptions at your refractive exam to be filled by the day of your procedure.
Laser Vision Correction: Your ProcedureFirst Colonial Eye Center in Virginia Beach uses the best technology available. We have the newest VISX S4 Iris Registration Tracking Laser. Iris Registration minimizes the margin of error in aligning the cornea and presents a new level of confidence in the accurate placement of the correct treatment in your eye. Iris Registration is the first FDA-approved, fully automated, non-contact method of aligning the treatment to the center of your pupil by tracking the x, y, and z-axis intra-operative movement of your eye. Basically, the iris registration visually locks onto all points of your iris to ensure it follows any of your eye’s movements during the procedure.
Dr. Rampona was extremely thorough in his investigation of lasers before deciding on the VISX S4 IR Tracking Laser. He believes that this is the best and safest laser available. It is the Laser trusted and used by the United States Navy on carrier pilots.
What will occur during the procedure?
- The laser will be aligned with your eye and the surgeon will talk you through each step of the procedure. You will be asked to fixate your vision on the blinking light.
- The laser will start and you will hear a clicking sound, which is the sound of the laser treating. Generally, within 30 to 60 seconds, your procedure will be complete!
- You’re ready to head home, with your driver at the wheel. It’s best to rest and keep your eyes closed as much as possible for the first 12 hours, being careful not to rub or touch your eyes for 24 hours.
- The next day, you’ll have a follow-up appointment, as well additional required postoperative visits to ensure that the healing process is going well