LASIK Eye Surgery Vero Beach

LASIK Eye Surgery 101

LASIK is an acronym for Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis. LASIK eye surgery is used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The goal of the surgery is to reshape the cornea, which adjusts how the eye focuses. Nearsightedness can be fixed by increasing the curve of the cornea. Farsightedness can be fixed by flattening the cornea. Astigmatism can be treated by smoothing out the irregularities of the cornea.

Regardless of the type of vision impairment LASIK is used to treat, the surgery is an outpatient procedure and only takes about 15 minutes, and the laser portion of the procedure is twenty seconds or less. With today's advanced laser technology, in the time it takes to pour a cup of coffee, you can have your vision corrected.

Thinking About Corrective Eye Surgery?

Consider these vital factors:

Is the surgeon fellowship-trained in Cornea and Refractive Surgery?

While any ophthalmologists can learn about refractive surgery during their training or take a weekend course and consider themselves trained to perform LASIK, David J. O'Brien, MD actually dedicated an additional year of training following his residency to learn the latest procedures and advancements in vision correction technology, including all laser LASIK. He is a fellowship trained refractive surgeon. In addition, he is board certified in the subspecialty of refractive surgery by the American Board of Eye Surgeons.

How many LASIK specific procedures has the doctor performed?

Dr. David O'Brien has performed over 11,000 LASIK specific procedures. He is the area's most experienced laser vision correction surgeon.

Once the procedure is performed, how many patients are pleased with the results?

Of the patients treated by Dr. David O'Brien since his first case in 1996, less than 4% have needed an enhancement.

Laser Vision Correction is eye surgery. And it's permanent. Your choice of a surgeon is very important.

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If you experience any of the above symptoms, or you're in need of an eye exam, please contact our world-class eye care sm office today at 772-257-8700.

How Your LASIK Eye Surgery is Performed

Before your LASIK eye surgery begins, anesthetic drops are placed in each eye to numb them. These drops help to ease any discomfort during the procedure.

You'll lie down on a table, which has the laser equipment mounted above it. You'll be asked to look up at a small blinking light. During the procedure, a special instrument holds your eye open as Dr. O'Brien performs the procedure. Your other eye (the one not being treated at that moment) is protected by a shield.

Next, Dr. O'Brien will use a surgical device or a femtosecond laser, depending on which method is best for the patient, to create a small corneal flap. When this "hinged" flap is pulled back, a small area of your cornea is exposed. The excimer laser beam is applied to this exposed corneal area. While you continue to watch the blinking light, your surgeon will apply very small and very rapid - billionths of a second - "bursts" of the excimer laser to your cornea to reshape it. For example, areas that are too flat may be made steeper or more rounded; areas that are too curved may be "smoothed." This reshaping - the heart of the LASIK experience - takes less than twenty seconds, depending on your specific needs.

Ready for Home

Once the corneal reshaping has been completed, the surgeon lays the corneal flap back into place, where it acts as a natural "bandage". The cornea quickly heals by itself with no need for stitches. Dr. O'Brien then confirms that everything is in order. Approximately one hour after you arrive for your LASIK procedure, you are ready to go home.

As part of your recovery, Dr. O'Brien will prescribe medications to reduce swelling, discomfort, and to keep your eyes clean and infection-free. Make sure you fill any prescriptions before you return home. (Remember, you won't be able to drive immediately following any corrective eye surgery, so you will need to arrange for transportation home.) Lastly, you will leave wearing protective goggles that he would like you to wear until you come back in for the day 1 post-op visit. You will then be instructed to wear the goggles for one week following the procedure while you sleep.

There are risks associated with refractive surgery. There is a risk of dry eye syndrome, which can be severe; the possible need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery; visual symptoms including halos, glare, starbursts, and double vision, which can be debilitating; and the loss of vision. For more information on risks associated with LASIK, see the safety information on

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If you would like to have better vision than you can currently achieve with your glasses or contact lenses, please contact our office today at 772-257-8700 to schedule a complimentary LASIK evaluation with Dr. O'Brien. A general eye exam is required for patients over age 55 prior to scheduling a LASIK evaluation.

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