Have you been considering Laser vision correction?
In Loudoun, Fairfax, Northern Virginia and the DC Region, LASIK, or In-Situ Keratomileusis is the most commonly performed refractive surgery used today to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Find out what tens of thousands of your neighbors in Loudoun, Fairfax, Northern Virginia and the greater DC region have already discovered through LASIK - clear vision and freedom from glasses or contacts.
Dr. Nasrullah's evaluates each Northern Virginia LASIK candidate personally prior to surgery and does not delegate this critical step to ancillary staff or optometrists. The evaluation is the most important part of the LASIK procedure. Dr. Nasrullah uses very conservative criteria for approving patients for LASIK thus reducing the chances of non-optimal results. He is not tied to any one procedure since he is skilled in alternative technologies to LASIK such as PRK, LASEK and Refractive Lens Exchange.
For the last tweleve years, Dr. Nasrullah has performed post operative care of his LASIK patients personally just as he does for all his post surgical patients wether it be corneal transplantation, glaucoma surgery or cataract surgery.
Dr. Nasrullah has performed thousands of sucessful surgical procedures on many people throughout the northern virginia and Washington DC region. He has been practicing ophthalmology in this region since 2002 and founded Dulles Eye Associates, which a large provider of medical eye care in the northern virginia region.
Dr. Nasrullah is one of the few LASIK surgeons in Northern Virgina and the DC Region who have completed a Corneal Fellowship which is an additional year of training in Corneal Surgery and Advanced Laser Surgery, placing him in a small group of doctors who can claim to be a Corneal and LASIK specialist.
Dr. Nasrullah, uses the VISX Staar 4 laser platform which uses the cutting edge Custom Laser Treatment module and Iris Registration technology to deliver precision laser therapy for accurate LASIK results.
"Being in Electrical Engineer by training, only the most advanced laser platforms meet my requirements for my patients," Dr. Nasrullah.
How do I know if I'm a candidate for LASIK? A complete eye exam will confirm whether you are nearsighted, farsighted and/or have astigmatism. There must be no untreated ocular health problems, such as significant cataracts or untreated glaucoma. Additional measurements are needed, such as the thickness of the cornea and a corneal surface mapping, which will be done in the pre-operative evaluation. This thorough diagnostic examination is the first step to creating a positive outcome for your best possible visual result. A qualified optometrist or ophthalmologist can ultimately determine whether you are a candidate for LASIK. The lower age limit is 21 years old and there is no upper age limit.
After it has been determined that you are a candidate for the LASIK procedure and your pre-operative evaluations have been completed, it will be time to correct your vision. Upon being escorted into the laser suite, your eyes will be numbed using anesthetic drops. An eyelid holder will be placed against your eyelids in order to prevent you from blinking.
Once your eye is set, a small instrument known as the microkeratome will be positioned on your eye. The microkeratome will then be used to create a small flap in the cornea of your eye. There may be slight discomfort or pressure during the creation of the flap; however, after the flap has been created the surgeon will lift the flap and prepare for the laser treatment.
Once the flap has been created and lifted you will be positioned under the laser microscope and asked to look directly at the target light above. The surgeon will then use the cool-beam excimer laser to reshape the surface of your cornea. This laser procedure usually lasts less than one minute.
When treating nearsightedness (myopia), tissue will be removed from the cornea in an effort to flatten the surface. Hence, when treating farsightedness (hyperopia), the central cornea must be made steeper. This result is achieved by directing the laser around the periphery of the cornea. Along with nearsightedness and farsightedness, astigmatism can be corrected during the same procedure. By changing the pattern of the beam, tissue is removed more in one direction than the other.
Once the laser treatment has been completed the surgeon will put the flap back in place, where it will bond safely without the need for stitches. After LASIK some patients report a slight scratchiness that usually dissipates within 24-48 hours. Over the course of the next few weeks the LASIK patient will continue to see visual improvement.
What about recovery?
Recovery is fast. The first couple of hours after surgery, the eye feels somewhat irritated, with a burning sensation and some tearing. Vision is typically smokey or hazy during this time. Most patients nap for a couple of hours due to the preoperative sedation. After several hours, the irritation goes away and the vision begins to clear. The day after surgery, most irritating sensations are completely gone and vision is remarkably clear.