100% Blade-Free LASIK
Michael J. Collins, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In addition, he has completed advanced fellowship training in cornea and refractive surgery, a unique accomplishment that requires an extra year of education and provides a high level of expertise. He specializes in state-of-the-art corneal, cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Collins is recognized by his peers as a leader in ophthalmic surgery and has received awards and recognition for his work in the field of vision correction, including being named one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” multiple times by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. Dr. Collins is also a highly coveted speaker who lectures at national and international conferences, including the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, where he teaches ophthalmology professionals the latest technologies and techniques.
Dr. Collins’ advanced fellowship training allows him to offer a variety of laser vision correction procedures, depending on your desired outcome as well as the health of your eyes.
100% Blade-Free LASIK
Blade-free LASIK is a highly sophisticated technique in which Dr. Collins uses the Bausch & Lomb Victus femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap (versus a blade), making LASIK an all-laser procedure. With computer precision, the laser gently separates the layers of corneal tissue and creates a customized flap. This extremely precise and safe LASIK procedure has advantages such as greater comfort and less downtime.
Collins LaserVision uses the Bausch & Lomb Technolas 217z with Zyoptix, making this form of laser vision correction a safer, bladeless and flap-free procedure. Collins LaserVision (also referred to as ASA, or advanced surface ablation) corrects vision by reshaping the surface of the cornea. The epithelium, a thin layer of protective skin that covers the cornea, is gently removed. After the excimer laser shapes the surface, new skin grows back over the treated area. For comfort, Dr. Collins will place a bandage contact lens over the treated area during a brief postoperative period. Most patients that have been told they are not a candidate for traditional LASIK due to dry eyes or thin corneas can still enjoy the visual freedom they deserve with Collins LaserVision.
Correcting Presbyopia With Laser Vision Correction
One of the most common complaints of people over the age of 40 is experiencing the onset of presbyopia, the age-related condition that makes it necessary for a person to wear reading glasses. If you find yourself needing reading glasses more and more, you are not alone. Everyone experiences this over the age of 40, regardless of their prior vision. Using laser vision correction to give patients blended vision or monovision can be good options for those seeking treatment for presbyopia. Monovision is used to correct both distance and near vision; blended vision is used to correct both distance and intermediate vision. Dr. Collins will help you decide which option is the right choice for you.
Dr. Collins has been a leader in bringing the best diagnostic and treatment technology to the southwest Florida region. The Orbscan instrument, which provides a three-dimensional map of the cornea, is used to determine if a patient is a good candidate for surgery. For LASIK, the Bausch & Lomb Technolas 217z with Zyoptix wavefront-guided excimer laser system is used. This newest generation flying spot/true scanning laser is designed to increase accuracy and produce an extremely smooth corneal surface, promoting faster healing and resulting in better vision. More LASIK procedures are performed with Technolas lasers worldwide than with any other system. In addition, Dr. Collins offers 100-percent blade-free LASIK surgery using the advanced IntraLase method, which allows many patients who were not candidates for LASIK to achieve visual freedom.