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LASIK is a laser vision correction or refractive surgery procedure that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. One of the most frequently performed elective surgeries in the United States, it gives patients the life-changing opportunity to be free of glasses.

Dr. Maria Scott, the medical director of  TLC® Laser Eye Center Annapolis and Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center, is a highly skilled refractive surgeon who has successfully performed over 15,000 LASIK procedures. TLC research findings show more than 90 percent of people who have LASIK achieve somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40 vision without glasses or contact lenses.

LASIK Benefits

  • Reduces or eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses.
  • Patients notice a significant improvement in their vision soon after surgery. More than 90 percent of people who have LASIK achieve somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40 vision without glasses or contact lenses.
  • Most patients return to their typical routine only one day after LASIK, with little disruption to daily life.


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How is LASIK surgery performed?

After anesthetic drops are applied to the eye, the surgeon creates a protective flap using the bladeless IntraLase® laser or a handheld surgical instrument. This flap is then gently lifted as the surgeon applies computer-controlled pulses of cool laser light to the inner layers of the cornea. The inner corneal layer is reshaped with the laser to improve vision or eliminate the need for prescription lenses.

The procedure uses Iris Registration, an alignment method that maps 40 points on the iris and focuses the laser using these points, to track eye movements to ensure precise correction. When one lies down, the eyes naturally rotate and the pupils may migrate. Iris Registration detects any eye movement and allows the laser to rotate with these movements to ensure accurate treatment. The surgeon then gently replaces the flap and aligns it to its original position.

To prevent accidental rubbing while the flap is healing, patients will be given a protective shield to wear at night following surgery. Some patients may feel slight irritation for a few hours, but most are quite comfortable after a nap and rest.

The entire LASIK surgery takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Most patients will experience a 50% improvement by that evening and 70% improvement by the next day. A patient’s vision should be fully restored within 1 – 4 days without the need for any corrective lenses. Most patients return to regular daily activity within 24 hours.

Dr. Scott performs LASIK surgery in TLC Laser Eye Center Annapolis’ private state-of-the-art surgery center, conveniently located within the Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center in the Sajak Pavilion on the Anne Arundel Medical Center Campus.

Advanced LASIK Technology

Bladeless Laser LASIK® Surgery

In bladeless LASIK surgery, the IntraLase® laser technology is used by surgeons to precisely program the dimensions of each patient’s corneal flap. Pulses of laser light create a customized flap from below the surface of the cornea. Once the flap is created, the surgeon gently lifts it in order to reshape the cornea. This advanced method is more accurate, precise and predictable than using a hand-held instrument. Clinical studies have shown that the IntraLase laser is more effective than hand-held methods in providing patients with 20/20 vision or better.

How Does The IntraLase Laser Work?

Ultra-fast pulses of laser light position microscopic bubbles at the precise depth determined by the surgeon. The laser light passes harmlessly through the cornea, creating rows of bubbles just beneath the corneal surface as it moves back and forth across the eye in a uniform plane.

The IntraLase laser then stacks bubbles around the cornea’s diameter at an angle determined by the surgeon to correspond to each eye’s individual shape and create the edges of the flap. The quiet, comfortable process takes about 45 seconds from start to finish. The surgeon then gently lifts the flap to reshape the cornea and places the flap back in its natural position where it rapidly begins to heal. The IntraLase technology has been used in more than 14 million surgeries around the world.

Custom LASIK

Custom LASIK uses advanced Wavefront technology for best individual vision correction. According to statistics gathered by TLC Laser Eye Centers, patients opting for this technology have the best chance of regaining 20/20 vision. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in its approval of Custom LASIK, noted that patients experienced fewer instances of halos and glare at night following surgery.

By evaluating how light travels through the eye, Wavefront technology provides a new level of detailed information about the eye, its visual system and any unique imperfections, known as higher-order aberrations. This innovative technology creates a three-dimensional map of the eye that provides precise measurements, much like a fingerprint of one’s vision. The detailed data from this very thorough analysis is transferred to the laser and helps the surgeon determine the best treatment plan for correcting the individual’s refractive error, as well as any low- or high-order aberrations. This additional information allows the surgeon to customize vision correction specific to each patient for optimal results. With Custom LASIK, patients are getting better, crisper vision and fewer incidences of glare or night halos.

By offering patients the bladeless IntraLase laser for the corneal flap procedure and Custom LASIK Wavefront technology for vision correction, Dr. Maria Scott can customize the entire LASIK surgery to address each patient’s specific visual needs and goals.

Who is a Candidate for LASIK?

If you are at least 21 years of age, have good eye health with no diseases such as cataracts or glaucoma, and are in good overall health, you may be a candidate for LASIK. Since each person’s eyes are unique, it is important to schedule a LASIK consultation to determine if you are a candidate. Our complimentary LASIK consultations include a thorough eye exam and discussion of your visual expectations and lifestyle.

We also invite you to take our online Self-Evaluation for Candidacy. Just click here to complete the Self-Evaluation form.

Why Choose Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center for Your LASIK Procedure?

As with any surgery, it is critical to find an experienced, skilled surgeon. Dr. Maria Scott is one of the region’s most sought-after refractive and cataract surgeons who stands by her results. She was the first surgeon to perform LASIK surgery in Annapolis and always offers the most advanced, proven technology to her patients. At Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center, LASIK patients experience thorough pre-operative testing and evaluation to determine candidacy. Dr. Scott has successfully performed over 15,000 LASIK surgeries.

In some cases, patients may need an enhancement after surgery. In a recent evaluation by TLC Laser Eye Centers, Dr. Maria Scott’s enhancement rate was just 1.5%, a rate well below the 8% standard. She was awarded the VISX Star Surgeon award, an honor received by the top 5% of refractive surgeons in the United States. A gifted surgeon, Dr. Scott is dedicated to providing the highest level of safety, comfort and exceptional vision.

Affordability and Financing

LASIK is affordable. At Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center, we want our patients to achieve the best vision possible. LASIK is considered an elective procedure and is not covered by insurance; however, it may be tax deductible depending on your filing status. In addition, many patients choose to pay for their procedure using their tax refund. We offer several payment options to suit your needs:

  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA): You can save up to 30% by using tax-free dollars to pay for your cataract surgery. Many employers and banks offer an FSA or Health Savings Account.
  • Financing: Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center is pleased to offer 12-month interest-free and extended payment plans through ALPHAEON CREDIT or up to 24 months interest-free through CareCredit
  • Credit Cards: Many patients opt to pay for their procedure using a personal credit card. This may be a good option, especially if you have a card that carries a low interest rate or offers points and other rewards.

Contact our staff today to review the best financing options for you.

I’m Scheduled for LASIK! What Can I Expect?

It’s normal to feel both excited and nervous as you prepare for your procedure. Ask questions. Read about the procedure. Talk to former patients. Rest assured; your eyes are in good hands with Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center.

Before Your Procedure

Before your LASIK procedure you will have a thorough consultation and vision evaluation. During the consultation, we will:

  • Answer all of your questions.
  • Review your vision history and perform several diagnostic tests to measure your prescription, corneal thickness and pupil size.
  • Create a map of your specific vision imperfections.
  • Develop a personalized treatment plan to help us tailor your laser eye surgery for optimal results.

Your Procedure Day

The procedure itself will last less than 30 minutes. During this time we will:

  • Take final measurements of your eyes.
  • Clean your eyelids and lashes.
  • Administer a mild sedative, if you choose. However, most patients experience little to no discomfort.
  • Apply anesthetic drops to the eye, to completely numb the eye for comfort.
  • Place a lid and lid holder to keep your eyelids open.
  • Your surgeon will create a small flap in the outer protective tissue of the cornea and gently fold it back. This protective flap helps to minimize discomfort following the LASIK procedure.
  • Using a computer controlled excimer laser, pre-programmed with information from your extensive testing, your surgeon will direct cool pulses of light to the inner layers of your cornea, reshaping it to match your contact lens or eye glasses prescription.
  • The flap will be returned to its original position to start the healing process.

POST-PROCEDURE CARE

Patients generally return to their daily routine the day after surgery with no complications…and no glasses or contacts! You will receive very specific instructions for your post-procedure care.

  • You should experience immediate improvement in your vision after laser eye surgery. Your vision will continue to improve over the next few weeks as your eyes heal.
  • Though you will be able to see immediately, you should plan to have someone drive you home for safety reasons.
  • Your eyes may feel irritated and may tear or water for a few hours. Most patients are quite comfortable after taking a short nap while wearing protective eye shields to prevent you from rubbing your eyes.
  • Drops are prescribed to prevent infection and assist with any dryness.

You will have several follow-up visits with Dr. Scott or your local eye doctor in the weeks or months after your procedure. These are short appointments to ensure your eyes continue healing. And, of course, don’t forget your annual eye health exam with your local eye doctor.

Quick LASIK FAQs

HOW LONG DOES LASIK TAKE?

The procedure itself is very quick! The actual laser time for each eye is only about 15 seconds, and your time at the laser center will generally be under 15-30 minutes. Dr. Scott and his staff spend the most time up front analyzing your vision testing results and planning the best treatment for your customized LASIK.

DOES LASIK HURT?

Prior to your LASIK procedure, we’ll administer anesthetic drops to numb the eye. Most patients say there is no pain during the procedure, but some report feeling mild pressure or vibration. You may feel a slight irritation for a few hours after LASIK. We recommend that you take a short nap and rest your eyes. The majority of patients are back to their normal activities the following day.

AT WHAT AGE CAN SOMEONE HAVE LASIK?

A good candidate for LASIK is at least 18 years old with a stable prescription for at least one year. Many parents, having already experienced their own life changing vision surgery, are giving the procedure as a gift to their children for birthdays, graduations and holidays. Patients under 30 years old are the fastest growing group of LASIK patients.

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