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Laser Eye Surgery of Erie Correcting Vision

When it comes to Laser Eye Surgery of Erie, it's easy to see what they do.

"We do blade free LASIK, but we also do eye care for everyone. We provide care for cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, macular degeneration, corneal transplants including DSEK and retinopathy," said LASIK coordinator Lisa Graff. 

A lot of technical terms which all involve helping patients see more clearly.

Their most popular service is LASIK eye surgery.

"LASIK actually corrects your refractive error which is a prescription that you have, whether it be myopic or hyperopic.  It allows you to refocus the eye so you can see the image sharper," said ophthalmologist Dr. Robert Haverly. 

LASIK involves two lasers cutting a flap into the cornea of the eye.  Dr. Haverly explains how it works.

"What the flap is, is the front surface of the cornea, a flap is made as shown here.  That's the first laser.  The second laser actually corrects the prescription that you have as shown with this diagram here.  Once that second laser is performed you lay the flap back down and it allows for faster healing," he said.

When it comes to LASIK surgery what usually happens is a patient walks through their doors and they really can't see.  They get their surgery and by the time it's all said and done, they walk out the doors, able to see yet again.

"The most rewarding part is to help people see better.  It really is.  Some of the happiest patients are of course ones that can't see and you correct their vision so they can see and that's what keeps most physicians going is a happy patient," said Haverly.

LASIK comes with its risks, but Dr. Haverly says his success rate is in the high 90 percentile.  And his method of surgery is about as accurate as they come.

"Dr. Haverly is the only local LASIK surgeon using interlace laser to create the flap as part of the procedure.  It's a more accurate way of doing it," said Graff. 

When it comes to dealing with your vision, they wouldn't have it any other way.

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