The Dove Eye Center
4350 Middle Settlement Rd.
New Hartford, NY 13413
We are fortunate to live in a beautiful region of Upstate New York, located in the foothills of the magnificent Adirondack Mountains. Many of our patients enjoy the abundant gifts from nature, such as skiing, water activities, and the luxury of golf. Inevitably, glasses and contacts can pose problems for outdoor enthusiasts and other individuals. For such individuals, modern refractive surgery offers the opportunity to be free of the limitations and inconveniences associated with corrective lenses.
Advanced surface ablation is a new approach to vision correction that is embraced by Dr. Palumbo for its excellent results and unparalleled safety. Unlike LASIK, advanced surface ablation procedures do not involve creating a corneal flap by cutting the cornea with a mikrokeratome blade or laser "knife." This step, along with its associated risks, is eliminated in "no-flap" advanced surface ablation procedures. "No-flap" procedures move beyond LASIK to reduce complications, and they may also be a good option for patients who are not eligible for LASIK due to problems with their corneas.
In LASEK (laser-assisted in situ epithelial keratomileusis), Dr. Palumbo uses a diluted alcohol solution to lift away the thin outer layer of the cornea, which is called the epithelium. For many patients, this option offers substantial safety benefits over the thicker corneal flap required for LASIK. Once the flap is opened, the eye is treated using one of our state-of-the-art excimer lasers. After the cornea has been reshaped to improve the patient's vision, the flap is slipped gently back into place, where it heals on its own.
LASEK patients experience even fewer complications than LASIK patients. Because LASEK requires no incisions, the structure of the cornea is not altered or weakened. This makes it a much better alternative for pilots, athletes, and others at risk of corneal injury. Most importantly, the vision correction results achieved using this procedure are among the best achievable with modern eye surgery.
Epi-LASIK surgery is another option for patients who want to avoid the flap-related complications associated with LASIK. In epi-LASIK, Dr. Palumbo uses an implement called an epikeratome to separate the epithelium. This layer is peeled away so the cornea can be reshaped with one of our on-site excimer laser systems and then replaced, preserving the structural integrity of the cornea throughout the procedure.
Epi-LASIK patients benefit from fewer flap-related complications and risks than LASIK patients while retaining excellent potential for permanent vision correction. Those who choose epi-LASIK also experience fewer problems with dry eyes, making epi-LASIK a better choice for those who already suffer from dry eye syndrome.
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is a time-honored and highly effective laser vision correction procedure. Rather than using a blade to create a flap, Dr. Palumbo gently removes the epithelium altogether in order to expose the underlying corneal layers for laser treatment. Finally, the eyes are covered with protective contact lenses until the epithelium heals. Patients who choose PRK typically need a few days longer to recover than LASIK patients, but a combination of safety, reliability, and precision-sharp vision sets this procedure apart from other surgical vision correction options.
Though the LASIK flap-based approach to vision correction surgery can offer some benefits over other techniques, including a faster healing time and less post-surgical discomfort, Dr. Palumbo believes that advanced surface ablation techniques are often a better choice for patients due to their optimum safety and reliability. Nevertheless, LASIK is an option for some patients, including some with more severe refractive errors. Dr. Palumbo is fully trained in LASIK, and offers superior surgical results whatever procedure you ultimately choose.
For patients who choose LASIK, Dr. Palumbo will use a microkeratome blade to create a flap in the cornea. Folding this flap away, Dr. Palumbo uses one of our advanced excimer laser systems to reshape the cornea and compensate for refractive errors before replacing the flap so it can heal.
If you would like to reduce your dependence on glasses and contacts, take a moment to contact our practice for a vision correction appointment. With our unwavering commitment to safety, quality, and comprehensive eye care, The Dove Laser Center is Central New York's clear destination for vision correction beyond LASIK.