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LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis)
Revolutionary Laser Eye Surgery
Are you tired of having to wear glasses or contacts? If so, LASIK may be right for you. At Contemporary Ophthalmology of Erie in Pennsylvania, not only do we strive to meet all of your vision care needs, but we make every effort to exceed your expectations, as well. Dr. Howard Levin has more than 30 years of experience restoring patients’ vision and improving their quality of life. His decades of technical training, participation in continuing education programs, and wealth of experience make him an exceptionally qualified laser eye surgeon.
Conveniently located in Erie, Pennsylvania, our office is easily accessible, spacious, and stocked with the latest advances in optical technology. Using state-of-the-art laser technology with the Alcon Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q laser, Dr. Levin can restore your vision, freeing you from having to use traditional optical aids. Recognized as a leader and pioneer in ophthalmology in the Erie area, Dr. Levin has had the privilege of working on a wide variety of optical cases at his practice in Pennsylvania, Cole Eye Institute in Cleveland, and Saint Vincent Surgery Center. Our eye care specialists have been achieving consistently excellent results through LASIK and PRK laser eye surgery since the procedures were introduced to the American public in the 1990s.
LASIK is a surgical procedure that is performed in the comfort of the Saint Vincent Outpatient Surgery Center. This laser eye surgery, using the Alcon Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q laser, can instantly reduce your dependency on optical aids such as glasses and contacts. The revolutionary refractive laser uses state-of-the-art precision technology to map out the unique qualities of your eye for a more accurate adjustment. The device hugs the curvature of your eye to deliver treatment that matches its exact specifications.
Dr. Levin begins the procedure by administering drops to a patient’s eye to cleanse the surface and act as a topical anesthesia. He uses a special cutting instrument called a microkeratome to make a precise incision in the protective outer layer of the cornea (epithelium), creating a thin flap that is folded back, exposing the interior of the flawed cornea. Dr. Levin then uses concentrated pulses of light from an excimer laser to correct the flaws in the shape of the cornea that are responsible for visual errors. The procedure requires our eye care team to either flatten the cornea or augment the curvature of the cornea, effectively correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and other vision impairments.
Our eye care specialists believe that proper patient education is of the utmost importance when a person is considering a medical procedure. Even though LASIK is a generally safe procedure that can be performed in a matter of minutes, it is still important to understand the benefits, risks, and complications associated with the surgery. Dr. Levin in Erie believes his patients should know:
After having LASIK eye surgery, most patients are able to return to their normal activities within a day.
Complications that stem from the procedure are seen in less than 1 percent of patients. The most common side effect is discomfort, which tends to dissipate a few days following the treatment.
We are proud to offer custom LASIK surgical treatments to patients living in and around the Tri-State area and Erie, Pennsylvania. To schedule a consultation regarding your interest in LASIK, contact our office today. We look forward to hearing from you!
Our mission is to provide high-quality, state-of-the-art eye care in a compassionate and comfortable environment.