The phrase “laser eye therapy” might make you think of LASIK to correct vision problems, but that’s far from the only application. At practice offices in Rochester Hills and Hazel Park, Michigan, board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Gerald J. Mullan performs laser eye therapy, including LASIK to correct refractive errors and argon laser treatment for eye conditions such as glaucoma and retinal tears. To schedule an appointment, call or use the online booking tool.
LASIK is a proven, safe, effective surgical procedure that can replace the need for glasses or contacts if you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. These eye problems result from your cornea — the transparent outer layer of your eye — not refracting (or bending) light correctly, so it’s blurry by the time it reaches your retina.
The procedure involves Dr. Mullan reshaping your cornea with the help of a laser so you can see images more sharply. Though LASIK does not guarantee 20/20 vision, many people no longer need to use glasses or contacts afterward.
Many people benefit from LASIK every year, but it’s still necessary for Dr. Mullan to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. For the procedure to be effective and low-risk, you need to be in good general and eye health. If you have diabetes, an autoimmune illness, or eye conditions like glaucoma and cataracts, LASIK may not be appropriate for you.
You’re awake during LASIK, but Dr. Mullan applies numbing eye drops to minimize your discomfort. He also offers a mild sedative pill to help you feel at ease during the procedure. This sedative also helps you to sleep afterward, which is often the best way to manage any discomfort after the procedure.
During the procedure, Dr. Mullan uses a device to gently hold your eyes open, so you don’t have to worry about blinking. He then makes a tiny flap in your cornea. After he makes the flap, you look directly at a laser, which precisely reshapes your cornea. Though the procedure is painless with topical numbing drops, the laser may cause you to feel a bit of pressure.
LASIK takes about five minutes to perform for each eye. You need to arrange to have someone drive you home, since Dr. Mullan needs to test your uncorrected vision before you’re able to drive again. While you may feel some itching and burning immediately afterward, and your vision may be blurry, you should be able to see clearly by the following morning.
Though you can return to work the next day, Dr. Mullan recommends resting for a few days. Many patients get LASIK done on Friday so they have the weekend to recuperate.
Argon laser surgery is one of the most exciting breakthroughs in ophthalmology. It can relieve pressure in your eyes, allow fluid to flow in and out of the eye properly, and stop bleeding. Dr. Mullan offers argon laser surgery as a minimally invasive treatment option for various eye conditions, including:
To learn more about LASIK or argon laser surgery, call or use the online booking tool.