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LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a safe, reliable and painless way to improve vision by changing the way light is bent, or refracted, as it passes through the cornea, so that it properly focuses on the retina and allows objects to be seen clearly. LASIK is the most common elective surgical procedure in the US and helps millions of patients achieve clear, focused vision.

The iLASIK or Intralase method enables patients to have a LASIK procedure that is 100% blade-free. It allows Dr. Kohler to tailor-make the corneal flap based on what is best for the individual patient’s eye – something that is not possible with a blade. The iLASIK surgery consists of two steps. During step one Dr. Kohler creates a corneal flap using tiny, precise pulses of laser light. During step two Dr. Kohler gently folds the flap back to perform the laser procedure that corrects the vision.

Patients remain awake during the iLASIK procedure, with only local anesthetic needed to minimize any potential discomfort. Patients can return home shortly after their procedure, but will need someone to pick them up and drive them home. Most patients are able to see clearly within 24 hours of their procedure.

iLASIK at the Eye Center of Central Maine is performed using the FDA-approved VISX Star S4 Excimer Laser, which features state-of-the-art technology in optics, precision eye tracking, and sophisticated variable beam delivery to provide the most reliable, precise laser vision correction possible. Combined with Dr. Kohler’s extensive experience, patients can rest assured that they are receiving the highest quality of care.

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Custom LASIK

Custom LASIK is an FDA-approved procedure that uses three-dimensional measurements of the eye to help guide the laser as it reshapes the cornea and corrects vision. This allows patients to have an increased likelihood of achieving 20/20 vision, with many patients achieving vision that is better than 20/20, which is often unachievable with traditional LASIK or glasses or contacts. Custom LASIK also reduces the risk of poor night vision and glare.

During the custom LASIK procedure, a wavefront device transmits a ray of light into your eye that is received and arranged into a unique pattern to create a 3-D map of your eye, including both lower and higher order aberrations. This information is then transferred to the laser and applied to your eye’s position, allowing Dr. Kohler to achieve customized vision correction for each patient’s individual needs.


Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is one of the safest and most reliable laser vision correction procedures available. Before LASIK, PRK was considered the most common refractive procedure. Similar to LASIK, PRK reshapes the cornea to improve vision. It is now used primarily for patients with large pupils or thin corneas.

During the PRK procedure, the epithelium, the protective layer of the cornea, is removed. An excimer laser is then used to vaporize a small amount off of the top of the cornea. This significantly reduces the complications associated with the flap needed for the LASIK procedure.


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