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SBK Advanced LASIK

I am so happy with my new vision and can’t stress how life-changing correcting your vision is. Dealing with contacts and glasses and all the mess that goes along with them is no way to go through life. I would choose Durrie Vision time and time again.” -Kellie Weber

SBK (Sub-Bowman's Keratomileusis)

Developed by ophthalmologists, Daniel Durrie, MD and Stephen Slade, MD, SBK is the most advanced form of laser vision correction surgery.

What are the advantages of SBK vs. traditional LASIK? SBK uses all-laser technology with a femtosecond laser, instead of a microkeratome or mechanical blade. All-laser technology using the femto is more precise and customized to each eye.

First, our surgeons use a femtosecond laser to create a customized corneal flap designed with the precise construction that has been shown to improve safety and visual outcomes. Our surgeons then use a second laser, the excimer laser, to reshape the cornea under the flap. The protective corneal flap is laid back into place and acts as a natural bandage so the vision can be restored more rapidly.

Who is a Candidate for SBK?

SBK advanced LASIK is an excellent solution for someone who is at least 18 years of age with one or more of the following common refractive errors:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism

The degree of the refractive error as well as the thickness and shape of the cornea are all factors that can affect candidacy. During our Advanced Ocular Analysis, you will experience thorough diagnostic testing and meet with a surgeon to determine if this procedure is best for you.

What to Expect on the Day of the Procedure

On the day of your procedure, plan to be at the Durrie Vision surgery center for about 90 minutes.

You will need a driver to take you home as your vision may be blurry after the procedure.

Several tests will be repeated before your surgery.  Anesthetic eye drops are used to numb the eye.

Then a small, gentle eyelid holder is placed between your eyelids so you don’t have to worry about blinking during the procedure.

Using the femtosecond laser, the surgeon prepares the cornea for treatment. Then, the excimer laser reshapes the cornea.

The entire process under the laser is usually less than 60 seconds.

Post-Operative Care and Recovery

Our post-operative technicians provide instructions regarding type and frequency of eye drops and restrictions. You will be given these instructions as well as eye shields to wear while sleeping the first two nights. SBK patients typically experience little if any discomfort during or after the procedure.  You can expect your vision to be blurry the first few hours after surgery and then notice rapid and significant improvement in vision.  Studies have indicated most patients were seeing 20/20 or better within four hours after surgery.

The following morning we will see you for a quick one day, post-operative visit with our team of doctors, and review any questions you may have.

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