Life Without Glasses or Contacts… the ONLY thing we do.
Patients consult Dr. Craig Bindi seeking freedom from glasses, contact lenses, readers and bifocals. Learn how LASIK and other FDA-approved procedures can help attain a “lens-free” lifestyle. Not limited to just LASIK/PRK, we can truly select the most appropriate procedure to optimize your visual potential.
MODERN LASER VISION CORRECTION:
LENS-BASED REFRACTIVE PROCEDURES:
THREE TYPES OF MODERN LASER VISION CORRECTION
The most commonly performed type of laser vision correction
LASIK technology has matured and incrementally improved since FDA-approval in 1998. Modern All-Laser LASIK is a painless 15-minute blade-free laser procedure in which patients typically resume their normal activities the next day. The safety and comfort of LASIK were improved by replacing the original microkeratome blade with a femtosecond laser, and is thus referred to as “All-Laser LASIK” or “Bladeless LASIK”. Similarly, modern wavefront excimer lasers are now capable of a custom laser treatment which have demonstrated better vision outcomes and better night vision results.
Ideal for: Patients ages 18-60+ with stable nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. For people above age 40, Monovision (“Blended-Vision”) LASIK can also help with near vision.
ABC’s “The Bachelor”
& Our LASIK Patient
Rachel Leigh Cook
& Our LASIK Patient
The ultra-modern laser procedure that’s
bladeless, painless and flapless
SMILE (“Small-Incision Lenticle Extraction”) LASIK is an FDA-approved “All-Femtosecond” laser procedure for treating nearsightedness and astigmatism. The VisuMax laser is the ONLY laser that is approved for the minimally-invasive SMILE procedure, which is bladeless, painless and “flapless”. While SMILE can effectively treat nearsightedness, All-laser LASIK and Epi-LASIK remain the preferred procedure for treating severe astigmatism (over 3 diopters) and farsightedness.
Ideal for: Patients ages 18-60 with nearsightedness and astigmatism. SMILE may be the treatment of choice for patients with dry eyes, patients exposed to potential eye trauma (i.e. military, boxers), or patients that simply don’t want a “flap” procedure, such as All-Laser LASIK. SMILE is not for patients with farsightedness or more than 3 Diopters of astigmatism.
Wavefront Epi-LASIK (Modern PRK)
A safe and effective alternative to LASIK
Wavefront Epi-LASIK is a customized “blade-less” laser vision correction procedure, which a flap is not created during the procedure. Both Epi-LASIK and LASIK can treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. While the initial recovery is slower with Epi-LASIK compared to LASIK, the final vision result are the same. Epi-LASIK is an FDA-approved alternative to LASIK, which may be the treatment of choice for certain patients.
Ideal for: Patients with thin or asymmetrical corneas, prior corneal surgery, exposed to potential eye trauma (i.e. military, boxers). Or anybody that just doesn’t want a flap could consider Epi-LASIK/PRK or SMILE LASIK.
& Our Epi-LASIK Patient
INLAYS & LENS-BASED PROCEDURES
Smashmouth, Lead Singer
& Our Patient
“Insertable Contact Lens” is an alternative to LASIK
Visian ICL (aka “insertable contact lens”) is an FDA-approved insertable collamer lens implant that may be the treatment of choice for extreme nearsightedness (up to -20 diopters), or for some patients that are not otherwise candidates for LASIK. Dr. Craig Bindi was one of the initial surgeons in the country to perform the Visian ICL procedure in 2005. The Visian ICL has a rapid recovery and is removable/exchangeable, if ever needed in the future.
Ideal for: Patients ages 21-45 with large amounts of nearsightedness. Patients must have a normal “anterior chamber depth” for a proper fit of the Visian ICL.
FDA-approved procedures to improve near vision
KAMRA Corneal Inlays are FDA-approved for patients over 40 that use over-the-counter reading glasses for close work. An attractive feature of corneal inlays is the they are “removable”, if ever necessary for a future technology.
Ideal for: Patients ages 40-60 that are dependent on reading glasses or bifocals for near vision.
Lenny Kravitz Band (Drummer)
& Our Patient
The Doors (Guitarist)
& Our Patient
REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE
Permanent lens solution for aging eyes
Stages of Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome (DLS)
Stage 1: Internal lens of the eye gradually becomes less flexible causing near vision to get worse during the 40s and 50s. This was formerly referred to as “presbyopia”
Stage 2: In addition to becoming less flexible, the eye’s internal lens becomes discolored and yellow, which degrades visual quality.
Stage 3:In addition to becoming less flexible and discolored, the eye’s internal lens becomes cloudy and more opaque.
DLS Stages 2 and 3 are often treated with lens replacement to restore clear vision.
Types of Lens Replacement Procedures
Basic Cataract Surgery: An common outpatient procedure for patients with vision problems caused by cataracts (clouding of the eye’s internal lens). In basic cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a clear lens implant to restore transparency. Patients still need to wear glasses for near vision or far vision or both after undergoing basic cataract surgery.
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE): An increasingly popular outpatient procedure for patients with a dysfunctional lens that want to be free of glasses and contacts. In RLE, the dysfunctional lens is replaced with a modern lens implant that is transparent and clear, and is preferable basic cataract surgery for patients seeking a lens-free lifestyle.
Ideal for: Patients ages 60+ with Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome or early stage cataract development.