LASIK Laser Vision Correction For Nearsightedness, Farsightedness and Astigmatism
At Eye Center South we specialize in the latest forms of laser surgery, multi-focal lens implants and other modern procedures to help improve your vision. We offer the most modern surgical procedures and convenient, low monthly payment plans.
LASIK is a acronym that stands for Laser Assisted InSitu Keratomileusis. It is a two-step procedure using non-thermal pulses of light to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism with maximum precision. The laser gently reshapes the cornea, changing its focusing power thus helping to improve vision.
With nearsighted people, the goal of LASIK surgery is to flatten the cornea, which is the surface eye. With farsighted people, a steeper cornea is desired. LASIK surgery can also correct astigmatism by smoothing an irregular cornea into a more normal shape.
We’re so confident in our LASIK surgery procedures, we offer a Lifetime Vision Partnership Program. As your vision partner, we offer a lifetime benefit of enhanced vision when you commit to proper eye care and vision treatments. Should you need subsequent enhancement surgery after your LASIK Vision Correction procedure at Eye Center South, we will perform the procedure at a significantly reduced cost as long as you meet the obligations of the program. Ask one of our Patient Representatives for complete details about our Lifetime Vision Partnership Program.
Refractive Lens Exchange
In refractive lens exchange (RLE) surgery, your eye’s natural lens is replaced with an artificial one to improve your eye’s focus. RLE can offer a patient a significant improvement in both up close, intermediate and distance vision. This type of vision improvement procedure also prevents the eye from developing cataracts in the future.
Implantable Contact Lens
Surgically implanted lenses, also called ICLs (Implantable Contact Lenses), are a new option for people seeking more permanent correction of common vision errors such as myopia (nearsightedness).
ICLs offer a surgical alternative solution for those unable to wear contacts or who are not candidates for laser vision correction. The lenses are placed in the eye while still retaining the natural lens. ICLs are also a good choice to consider when other vision correction procedures are not a good option, such as in cases of thin corneas or extreme nearsightedness.
Helpful tips to achieve the best and most accurate evaluation of your eyes…
If you wear contact lenses, it is very important to stop wearing them before your evaluation and surgery. Contact lenses change the shape of your cornea and it is very important that the cornea return to its natural shape before testing is performed and measurements are calculated for your treatment. Failing to leave your contacts out with NO use for the proper time before surgery can have negative results and cause the need for re-treatments or enhancements. If you have any questions about this, one of our LASIK/Refractive Coordinators would be glad to answer your questions.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CONTACT LENS WEAR PRIOR TO ANY SURGERY OR EVALUATION
- Soft contact lenses – You should stop wearing them for 2 weeks before your initial evaluation.
- Toric soft lenses or rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses and hard lenses – You should stop wearing them for at least 6 weeks before your initial evaluation.
Be sure to tell your doctor:
- About your past and present medical and eye conditions
- About all the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications and any medications you may be allergic to.
Your doctor will perform a thorough eye exam and discuss:
- Whether you are a good candidate
- What the risks, benefits and alternatives of the surgery are
- What you should expect before, during and after surgery
- What your responsibilities will be before, during and after surgery
Affordable Payment Options
Here at Eye Center South, financial considerations should not be an obstacle in obtaining Vision Correction. Our goal is to make our procedures affordable for any budget. It is for this reason that we make things affordable, by offering a combination of expertise, experience and advanced technology at a price everyone can afford.
CareCredit healthcare credit card for better vision
There is an easier way to pay for your vision care including LASIK procedure. We’re pleased to accept the CareCredit credit card, North America’s leading patient healthcare financing program. CareCredit lets you begin your procedure immediately — then pay for it over time with monthly payments that fit easily into your monthly budget. Whether you’re considering LASIK, need cataract surgery, or it’s simply time for new glasses or contacts, CareCredit can help you see clearer, sooner.
Your healthcare credit card
CareCredit is the credit card exclusively designed for healthcare services. CareCredit offers special financing on purchase of $200 or more* for healthcare procedures not commonly covered by insurance, including LASIK and Premium-IOLs. Why put off improving your vision tomorrow, when you can see clearer today? Learn more by visiting www.carecredit.com or contacting our office. Ready to apply? Apply Online for your CareCredit card today. You’ll be seeing clearer in no time. Apply Now.
*Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required. Visit www.carecredit.com for details.
Risks & Contraindication
The FS and iFS Laser systems are ophthalmic surgical lasers indicated for use in patients undergoing surgery or treatment requiring the initial lamellar resection of the cornea. Contraindications may include corneal edema, glaucoma, and keratoconus. Risks and complications may include corneal pain, flap tearing, and epithelial ingrowth. Consult with your eye care professional for a complete listing of contraindications and risks. US Federal law restricts this device to sale, distribution, and use by or on the order of a physician or other licensed eye care practitioner.
Most patients are very pleased with the results of their refractive surgery. However, like any other medical procedure, there are risks involved. That’s why it is important for you to understand the limitations and possible complications of refractive surgery. Before undergoing a refractive procedure, you should carefully weigh the risks and benefits based on your own personal value system, and try to avoid being influenced by friends that have had the procedure or doctors encouraging you to do so.
- Some patients lose vision. Some patients lose lines of vision on the vision chart that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery as a result of treatment.
- Some patients develop debilitating visual symptoms. Some patients develop glare, halos, and/or double vision that can seriously affect nighttime vision. Even with good vision on the vision chart, some patients do not see as well in situations of low contrast, such as at night or in fog, after treatment as compared to before treatment.
- You may be under treated or over treated. Only a certain percent of patients achieve 20/20 vision without glasses or contacts. You may require additional treatment, but additional treatment may not be possible. You may still need glasses or contact lenses after surgery. This may be true even if you only required a very weak prescription before surgery. If you used reading glasses before surgery, you may still need reading glasses after surgery.
- Some patients may develop severe dry eye syndrome. As a result of surgery, your eye may not be able to produce enough tears to keep the eye moist and comfortable. Dry eye not only causes discomfort, but can reduce visual quality due to intermittent blurring and other visual symptoms. This condition may be permanent. Intensive drop therapy and use of plugs or other procedures may be required.
- Results are generally not as good in patients with very large refractive errors of any type. You should discuss your expectations with your doctor and realize that you may still require glasses or contacts after the surgery.
- For some farsighted patients, results may diminish with age. If you are farsighted, the level of improved vision you experience after surgery may decrease with age. This can occur if your manifest refraction (a vision exam with lenses before dilating drops) is very different from your cycloplegic refraction (a vision exam with lenses after dilating drops).
Long-term data are not available. LASIK is a relatively new technology. The first laser was approved for LASIK eye surgery in 1998. Therefore, the long-term safety and effectiveness of LASIK surgery is not known.
As with any surgical procedure there are risks associated with CustomVue TM treatments. It is important to discuss these risks with your doctor before you make the decision to have the surgery. If the results of the surgery are not satisfactory, you may need to have additional laser treatment in the same eye. Your doctor may perform CustomVue LASIK for both eyes. However, sometimes it is better to have this procedure done on only one eye. Talk with your doctor about whether it would be better to treat one or both of your eyes.
Some risks are related to the creation of the corneal flap. Corneal flap complications include but are not limited to: cutting an incomplete, irregular flap or free flap; misalignment of the flap; and perforation of the cornea. Corneal flap complications range in severity from those that simply require the treatment to be postponed for several months, to those which create corneal irregularities resulting in permanently blurred vision.
You may need reading glasses after laser surgery even if you did not wear them before. Your vision may not be perfect, and you may need to wear glasses or contact lenses for some activities even after laser vision correction.
If you have any of the following situations or conditions you should not have LASIK because the risk is greater than the benefit:
- You are pregnant or nursing, because these conditions may cause temporary and unpredictable changes in your cornea and a LASIK treatment may improperly change the shape of your cornea.
- You have collagen vascular disease (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis), autoimmune disease (e.g., lupus), or immunodeficiency disease (e.g., AIDS), because these conditions affect the body’s ability to heal.
- You show signs of keratoconus or any other condition that causes a thinning of your cornea. This condition can lead to serious corneal problems during and after LASIK surgery. It may result in need for additional surgery and may result in poor vision after LASIK.
- You are taking medications with ocular side effects, e.g., isotretinoin (Accutane®) for acne treatment or amiodarone hydrochloride (Cordarone®) for normalizing heart rhythm, because they may affect the accuracy of the LASIK treatment or the way your cornea heals after LASIK. This may result in poor vision after LASIK.
- Your corneas are thin. If your corneas are too thin to allow your doctor to cut a proper flap in the LASIK procedure, you can’t have LASIK because it is necessary to have a flap.
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