Dr. Andrew Holzman in Baltimore Magazine discussing Laser Vision Correction

"In the LASIK procedure, a flap is created and the cornea is reshaped.  'It's almost like opening a book and removing the pages then closing the book' says Holzman."

"'We can pretreat patients with a prescription eye drop that helps increase production of tears' says Holzman.  'There are also over-the-counter drops or artificial tears which are useful for the first few months following these procedures.  Pretreatment of the condition before surgery is key to having a successful procedure.'"

"'Before custom technology, we'd remove the tissue from the cornea based on one's spectacle prescription' says Holzman.  'Now it's no longer one-size-fits-all.  With custom technology, some extremely precise, individualized vision correction outcomes can be achieved.'"

"The first part of the actual operation is creating the flap.  Today, more surgeons use an ultra-fast IntraLase rather than a hand-held microkeratome blade to create corneal flaps.  With the IntraLase, the flap is more precise, more secure, and thinner.  'It's a smaller footprint and less likely to cause a destabilization of the cornea,' says Holzman"

Choosing your LASIK or PRK doc

Dr. Holzman suggests you ask the following:

  • Do they have the most up-to-date technology?
  • Do they have a lot of experience in using this technology?
  • How many procedures do they perform yearly?
  • How often does the doctor determine a patient to be a non-candidate for this procedure? (You want to make sure the doctor doesn't operate on everyone.)
  • Make sure you meet the surgeon and feel comfortable with him or her and the staff.
  • Make sure you are educated about the procedure and know what to expect.
  • Check websites such as: eyecareamerica.org/eyecare/treatment/lasik/index.cfm and aoanet.org

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