Imagine waking up and reading your alarm clock, or going about each day without fussing over contact lens cases and solution: Visualize a world that you can fully see, all the time.
Laser vision correction is helping to treat people who are 21 years of age or older, are nearsighted or farsighted, or have astigmatism. “Refractive surgery” is the term used to describe surgical procedures that correct common vision problems to reduce your dependence on prescription eyeglasses and/or contact lenses.
Currently, a laser procedure called LASIK (LAY-sick) is the most popular refractive surgery performed in the United States.
People opt for LASIK at Claris Eye Care & Surgery because:
Before LASIK eye surgery, Dr. Keith Carlson will perform a thorough eye exam to ensure your eyes are healthy enough for the procedure. He will evaluate:
There are a few things to expect after the procedure is finished. Some blurry vision and haziness immediately after surgery is normal, however, clarity should improve by the very next morning. Your eyesight should stabilize and continue to improve within the first few days, although in rare cases it may take several weeks or longer.
You may be able to go to work the next day, but it is recommended that you refrain from any strenuous exercise for at least a week, since this can traumatize the eye and affect healing.
Most people achieve 20/20 vision or better after their surgery, but LASIK results do vary. Some people may achieve only 20/40 vision or less, and may still need to wear glasses or contact lenses following laser vision correction, though your prescription level typically will be much lower than before.
While the LASIK procedure itself has an excellent safety profile, post surgery issues can occur, such as infection or night glare (starbursts or halos that are most noticeable when you’re viewing lights at night, such as while you’re driving). A small percentage of people will need a LASIK enhancement, or “touch up” procedure, a few months after the primary LASIK surgery to achieve acceptable visual acuity.
Claris Eye Care & Surgery has a world-class team who carefully craft vision correction solutions tailored to each of our patient’s needs.
Dr. Carlson has conducted thousands of LASIK surgeries with high success rates. He utilizes two different laser platforms to perform laser vision corrections: Alcon Wavelight EX500 Wavefront Optimized Excimer laser and the VISX STAR S4 IR laser.
The Wavelight EX500 laser provides a very wide range of treatments and is extremely fast. In fact, more people can be candidates for laser vision correction with this laser than ever before. The speed of the EX500 laser makes for an easier treatment experience.
Dr. Carlson performs all procedures exclusively at the Phillips Eye Institute, which specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and care of eye disorders and diseases. People from a five-state region come to the Phillips Eye Institute for an array of services, from diagnostic tests and vision rehabilitation to laser eye treatments and specialized eye care.
If you’re not a candidate for LASIK a number of other vision correction surgeries are available, such as PRK and LASEK laser eye surgery and phakic IOL surgery. Dr. Carlson and our team welcome your visit to discuss these and to determine which is right for you.
In addition to helping you understand various laser vision correction options, Claris Eye Care & Surgery will explain the costs and help you identify the best means of financing this procedure, if necessary. We have financing options available.