Learn About LASIK

A life without glasses or contacts? Most of our patients couldn’t have imagined such an existence before LASIK. At a very young age they were totally dependent upon their glasses or contact lenses in order to complete simple daily activities. They couldn’t conceive of waking up in the morning and seeing the alarm clock. Activities such as driving a car or watching TV were impossible, not to mention swimming or other active sports.

Laser Vision Correction has truly changed their lives and the way that they think about themselves!

Laser In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) was first approved in America by the Food and Drug Administration in November 1995 although the first laser procedure was performed in Germany in 1987. Originally it was developed to treat patients who had very poor vision due to corneal disease. The recent advancement of medical lasers has now made it possible to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. The entire surgical process takes place in about 20 minutes and can eliminate the need for corrective lenses.

Technology

The most important element to achieving successful laser vision correction is to choose your doctor wisely. The Medical & Surgical EyeCenter doctors are experienced and highly trained. They use the most advanced technology available today. Our outpatient surgery center is dedicated strictly to LASIK and other technologically advanced refractive procedures. The highly sophisticated CustomVue Wavescan Technology currently being used allows us to provide an unprecedented degree of accuracy, permitting more precise treatments and excellent visual results. The surgical staff that assist our doctors are highly skilled and experienced.

Our doctors use the newest generation, VISX STAR 4 Active Trak Excimer Laser System that incorporates variable beam technology with an active eye tracking system. The Active Trak continuously positions the laser beam precisely on the eye throughout the procedure. It is the only 3D tracker that is capable of tracking all eye movements. The VISX STAR 4 provides faster treatment times and allows our surgeons to shape the beam to meet each patient’s individual vision correction.

The Medical & Surgical EyeCenter is committed to providing the safest and latest advances in laser vision technology as soon as it is FDA approved and research convinces us that it meets the high standards we set for our patients. This allows us to always consider which procedure best meets the visual needs of each individual patient.

VISX STAR S4 IR Excimer Laser

In the early 1980’s, VISX, Inc. developed the first Excimer laser designed to improve the precision and predictability of altering the shape of the cornea.

Our doctors use the newest generation, VISX STAR S4 Active Trak Excimer Laser System that incorporates variable beam technology with an active eye tracking system. The Active Trak continuously positions the laser beam precisely on the eye throughout the procedure. It is the only 3D tracker that is capable of tracking all eye movements. There is no need to dilate the pupil. This assures accurate placement of the beam, helps our patients feel more at ease during the procedure and allows patients to appreciate their improved vision much quicker.

The VISX STAR S4 provides faster treatment times, a smoother surface and allows our surgeons to shape the beam to meet each patient’s individual vision correction need.

CustomVue

WaveScan technology was originally developed for use in high-powered telescopes to reduce the distortions when viewing distant objects in space. This technology has now been applied to laser vision correction, measuring imperfections in the eye never before measured using standard methods for glasses or contact lenses. Each person’s vision is unique, as personal as your DNA or fingerprint; WaveScan-based digital technology has the ability to identify and measure imperfections in each person’s eye 25 times more precisely than standard methods. In addition, WaveScan digital information is transferred to the laser, driving a new level of precision and accuracy.

CustomVue is an individualized laser vision correction procedure that can produce better vision than is possible with glasses or contacts. The advanced measurement capabilities of the WaveScan System are combined with the VISX STAR S4 Excimer Laser to provide a level of precision and customization previously unattainable. In addition, the Advanced CustomVue procedure uses FDA-approved VISX Iris Registration Technology, a non-contact method of aligning the treatment to the cornea, providing greater laser alignment accuracy. With the CustomVue procedure, our doctors can now help nearsighted, farsighted and astigmatic individuals achieve a new level of vision by measuring and correcting the unique imperfections of each individual’s vision and providing them with the potential of experiencing their Personal Best Vision!

Am I a Good Candidate for LASIK?

Only a qualified refractive surgeon can determine if you are a good candidate for the LASIK procedure. We encourage you to visit our office for a free consultation to see if you are a good LASIK candidate. At the consultation we will listen to your needs, evaluate your particular visual condition and if necessary, additional testing will be performed to see if other options are right for you. Finally, we will provide you with your vision correction options and together, we will choose the treatment that is best for you.

In general, good candidates for LASIK are at least 18 years of age. They have not had a significant increase in their prescription in the past 12 months. They have a diagnosed refractive error and they have healthy corneas. People with certain medical conditions, including eye disease, diabetes, and pregnancy, may not prove to be good candidates for this procedure. In order to determine whether or not a patient is a good candidate for LASIK, the doctor will perform a special series of tests, as well as a detailed medical history during their initial eye exam. If patients are interested in this procedure, they should ask their doctor to determine whether or not LASIK is a safe and viable option.

Patient Financing

CareCredit for vision

We’re pleased to offer our patients the CareCredit® card, North America’s leading patient payment program. CareCredit lets you begin your procedure immediately — then pay for it over time with low monthly payments that fit easily into your monthly budget. Now you don’t have to save up for years to finally get the vision you’ve always wanted.

Like a credit card, but better

CareCredit cards work just like a regular credit card, but is exclusive for healthcare services. CareCredit offers low monthly payment plans for healthcare procedures not commonly covered by insurance, including LASIK.

Learn more by visiting CareCredit.com or contacting our office. Ready to apply? Apply online for your CareCredit card today.