Sight for sore eyes

Posted at: 03/21/2013 6:48 AM
Updated at: 03/21/2013 8:51 AM
By: Nikki Rudd

You might have noticed Nikki Rudd has been wearing her glasses while delivering the news the past few weeks. She normally wears contacts.

It's all because she's having laser eye surgery on Thursday to correct her poor vision. News10NBC Today is taking you behind the scenes with Dr. Kenneth Lindahl at the Rochester Eye and Laser Center.
Since Nikki was eight years old, she's needed glasses.

When asked about Nikki's eyes, Dr. Lindahl said, "They're terrible!"

Nikki has to hold things about three inches away from her eyes to see them clearly. Even the big "E" on the vision chart is blurry for her, but that's all going to change.

"The goal is you're going to have 20/20 uncorrected vision at distance," explained Dr. Lindahl.

He's been doing eye surgery since 1990 and he was the first in Monroe County to have LASIK on his own eyes in 1998.

Nikki's cornea is too thin for LASIK. The procedure she's having is called Advanced Surface Ablation.

Here's how it will work: Dr. Lindahl will take off the surface cells of her eyes and will then flatten and re-shape her corneas with a laser.

Part of the new technology at the Rochester Eye and Laser Center includes custom ablation. A machine scans and measures each eye - every little detail.  

Clinical supervisor Ashley Dunn explained, "It's going to track your eyes to make sure the treatment is staying exactly where it's supposed to be on the eye. So any subtle eye movements - it will move with it."

We asked Dr. Lindahl about the next big thing in laser eye surgery. He thinks within the next five years, we'll see major advancements in correcting vision for people who can't read without glasses. That includes most people over 45 years old. "They are being done now, but I would call it still in the earlier stages," said Dr. Lindahl.

As for Nikki's surgery, Dr. Lindahl says he's excited to treat her eyes.

"You're going to have some instant gratification here," said Dr. Lindahl. "It's just not like LASIK where it's an event. This is a little more of a process."

That means Nikki will need several days to recover, but plans to be back to work Tuesday.

Our camera will be rolling during the surgery. We'll show you how it all turns out next week on News10NBC Today.

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