LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) eye surgery is the most performed refractive surgery in the US, with more than 28 Million procedures performed worldwide. Lasik is laser eye surgery that uses a laser to reshape the cornea of the eye. The excimer laser was developed in the 1970s but was not approved for LASIK eye surgery until 1995 when it was approved for PRK. Bladeless or all laser LASIK eye surgery was approved in 2001 when the FDA granted approval to Intralase.
During LASIK eye surgery the surgeon uses a soft suction ring is used to hold the eye docked to the laser, a blade (microkeratome) or laser (Lasercare Eye Center uses a femtosecond laser) to cut a thin flap in the corneal tissue. The Ophthalmologist then lifts the flap to expose the corneal tissue. The surgeon will use some numbing drops so the eye surgery is pain free. The next step the surgeon uses an excimer laser to ablate corneal tissue to reshape the eye. The surgeon then lowers the flap and that is the end of the procedure.
Lasercare Eye Center uses the iDesign Wavescan which measures visual imperfections in the eye. Lasercare Eye Center offers both custom and conventional LASIK eye surgery. This newer technology is 25x more precise than other traditional methods .A bandage contact is placed and protective eyewear is given to you to protect the eye. Postop care is usually steroid and antibiotic drops, with return visits at 1 day, 1 week and 1 month.
Lasik works by reshaping the cornea of the eye to improve visual acuity and lower people’s dependence on glasses and contacts. We use an iDesign to map the cornea which is then programed into the excimer laser. A flap is created with a femtosecond laser. The flap is lifted and then an excimer laser ablates the corneal tissue to reshape the eye.
Before your free consult you should stop wearing contact and start wearing glasses 3+ days before your appointment. This helps ensure that the measurements of your eyes are accurate. Contacts can reshape the cornea and it’s important that measurements of the eye are taken without contacts, like they will be on the day of surgery and after. On the day of your free consult, you’ll come to our office and meet with one of our LASIK counselors. They will have you fill out a questionnaire and will take a Pentacam eye test, to discuss with the LASIK surgeon. If you’re a LASIK candidate, the counselor will discuss pricing and financing with you. Our pricing is competitive and comparable to the other LASIK eye surgeons in the Dallas Texas Metroplex. Once you decide to have LASIK eye surgery with us, we’ll schedule your preop and LASIK surgery dates.
On the day of the preop you’ll come to our office to get more measurements, go over consents and risks of surgery and meet with the surgeon. We’ll get a 3D map of your eye so the surgeon can program it into the excimer laser on the day of your surgery. If you decide to get the custom LASIK eye surgery, the map of your eye is 25x more precise than traditional methods.
Day of surgery
On the day of your LASIK eye surgery you’ll come to the office to have the actual surgery. The surgery itself only lasts about 10 min. We use numbing drops so the surgery is painless. That’s it! Remember to bring a driver.
Day 1, 7, and 30 you’ll come in to see the LASIK surgeon just to make sure everything is healing properly and there are no complications.
LASIK eye surgery recovery is fast for most people. You’ll be able to see after the surgery and return to work the next day. To aid in your recovery, make sure to wear your eye shades at night for 4-5 days, use the drops as recommended by your surgeon, don’t rub your eyes for a few months after surgery, don’t wear makeup or lotions before LASIK eye surgery or for a week after, and no swimming or hot tubs for 2 weeks.
The femtosecond intralase is a blade free way to use a laser to create the LASIK flap in the cornea. To create the flap the laser uses tiny pulse of laser light and creates tiny air bubble at a depth specified by your LASIK eye surgeon. This creates a smooth even surface once the flap is lifted. A flap of 100-120 µm is typically used with an intralase vs 120-180 µm for microkeratome.
The excimer laser is the laser that performs the actual LASIK by removing corneal tissue with a laser light. Lasercare Eye Center uses the Star S4 IR Excimer Laser by Abbott Technologies. This laser allows us to use a customized 3D map of the eye by using iDesgn. This creates a customized LASIK eye surgery.
Myopia is a refractive error and patients with myopia have problems with seeing distant objects clearly. Most Myopic patients can be treated with Lasik.
Hyperopia is a refractive error and patients with myopia have problems with seeing close up. Most Hyperopic patients can be treated with Lasik.
Astigmatism is a common vision problem that causes vision to be blurry. It can be corrected with glasses, contacts or in most cases LASIK eye surgery. With LASIK the Excimer Laser reshapes the unsymmetrical cornea to be more symmetrical.
Most insurance companies do not cover LASIK since it is an elective procedure. Lasercare Eye Center’s pricing is very competitive in the Dallas Metroplex and the cost of LASIK is very affordable with our financing plans. Lasercare Eye Center does accept VSP insurance and there is a discount available depending on which VSP plan you have.
LASIK eye surgery cost in Dallas Texas is one of the lowest in the nation but you can’t just look at the cost of LASIK eye surgery alone. There are a number of other factors to consider. How much does your glasses prescription, contacts, contact solution, frustration from losing contact or glasses on vacation, not being able to see clearly to go to the bathroom at night or many of the factors that people in glasses and contacts feel daily. LASIK eye surgery frees you from all of those costs and frustrations. What is that worth to you?
LASIK eye surgery lasts forever; however changes in the eye can cause someone to need a retreatment or if they are not a candidate then glasses. A good example is that as everyone ages the elasticity of the lens in the eye becomes less resulting in presbyopia. This requires the use of reading glasses.
Sometime patients will require minor enhancements to their LASIK either soon after or many years down the road. As long as eye health hasn’t changed and there is still enough corneal tissue to retreat then another LASIK eye surgery is performed to correct the change in vision.
As we age we all lose elasticity in the lens of our eyes. This causes presbyopia and the need for reading glasses close up. Also, if your eyes continue to change after surgery and you are not a LASIK candidate anymore then a small prescription may be required.
LASIK flaps usually heal within 2-3 months. It is important that you follow all postop instructions including the post op drops.
Although the risks with LASIK eye surgery are low, no surgery is without risks.
Dry eyes – Usually it is temporary and occurs in about half the patients. We usually use use punctal plugs prior to surgery to eliminate this problem from happening.
Infection – It’s important to follow post op instructions and take the eye drops as prescribed.
Regression, Over or Under Correction – Your eyes could still change over time or the treatment, especially with larger prescriptions, may have over or under corrected. All of these are treatable with an enhancement.
Check the FDA website here for more info.
We have many different ways to pay for your LASIK eye surgery. We accept:
Lasercare Eye Center uses two financing options so that patients can decide what is best for them. We offer 0% financing through Wells Fargo. This is for patients that don’t care about the cost of the monthly payment but want a great deal. We also have an option for low monthly payments that you can pay off over several years and makes LASIK eye surgery affordable for anyone.
PRK (Photo Refractive Keratoplasty) is a Laser Vision Correction technique that does not require the creation of either a FLAP or a CAP.
The steps of the procedure are as follows:
Monovision LASIK eye surgery is primarily performed in older patients and used to correct presbyopia. When performing LASIK, the surgeon will correct one eye for near and one eye for distance, usually your dominant eye, eliminating the need for reading glasses. Monovision is well tolerated in about 85% of patients. There is an adjustment period while your brain adjusts to the difference in vision.
Cataract surgery can be performed before or after LASIK eye surgery. For cataract surgery after LASIK, we use a device called ORA during laser cataract surgery that is a real time measurement of the eye during surgery and helps in determining the best multifocal lens for use specifically for you.
We sometimes do LASIK after cataract surgery and call it refractive Cataract surgery.
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