LASIK Specialist

Rothchild Eye Institute

Ophthalmologists located in Delray Beach, FL

If you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, you may be a candidate for LASIK refractive surgery. At Rothchild Eye Institute, which serves patients in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach, Florida, Eric J. Rothchild, MD, specializes in corneal correction. Dr. Rothchild and his team have extensive experience in this revolutionary approach to correcting vision. For a LASIK consultation, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

LASIK Q & A

What is LASIK surgery?

Laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis, or LASIK, is an eye surgery used to correct common eye problems like farsightedness (hyperopia), nearsightedness (myopia), and astigmatism. These eye conditions are caused by deformities in the shape of the cornea of your eye, which causes light to move, or refract, in such a way that an image isn’t seen clearly.

Refractive surgery, such as LASIK, is used to correct the misshapen cornea and clear your vision for the long term. LASIK is the most common type of refractive eye surgery performed in the United States, and is effective due to the use of the highly accurate and precise laser technology.

Dr. Rothchild was not only on the front lines during the development and testing of this advanced technology, but has also been part of extensive research and the development of instruments and processes to improve the LASIK process.

How does LASIK work?

LASIK uses specialized instruments, many designed by Dr. Rothchild himself, to lift a thin flap of your cornea. This allows Dr. Rothchild and his team to precisely reshape your cornea using the excimer laser. This specialized laser allows for precise manipulation of the corneal tissue, creating whatever specific changes are needed to correct your vision.

Corneal correction can include:

  • Flattening a cornea that is too steep, such as with nearsightedness
  • Creating a steeper cornea if it’s too flat, such as with farsightedness
  • Smoothing an irregularly shaped cornea, such as with astigmatism

The corneal flap is then replaced and usually heals without a need for stitches.


What should I expect during LASIK surgery?

Before your LASIK surgery, your ophthalmologist takes time to explain the procedure and determine what changes need to be made to your eyes to correct your vision.

During your LASIK procedure, you can expect:

  • To be in the office around 60-90 minutes, with the procedure itself lasting 10-15 minutes
  • A mild sedative to help you relax
  • Numbing drops in your eye
  • To feel some pressure, but not pain
  • Your vision to be blurry immediately after the procedure

Your ophthalmologist sees you within a couple to days for a follow-up appointment to ensure your healing is progressing and that you’re not showing any signs of complications. You’ll see complete results of LASIK within a few months after your eyes have time to heal.

In many cases, glasses or contact lenses are no longer needed after having LASIK surgery.

If you’d like to discuss if LASIK is right for you, call Rothchild Eye Institute or schedule an appointment online today.