LASIK Vision Correction for Nearsightedness, Farsightedness, and Astigmatism
At Eye Center South, we’re committed to using the latest technology to provide safe, effective results for patients in our locations through Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. We offer LASIK consultations at all of our locations and offer surgeries at our locations in Albany, GA and others.
LASIK Vision Correction: Safe and Effective
LASIK is one of the most advanced laser eye procedures on the market, and because of its reputation as safe and effective in the majority of the patients who receive it, the most popular by a wide margin.
Refractive vision issues are caused by the shape of the cornea, or the outermost layer of the eye. People with 20/20 vision have the optimal cornea shape. LASIK is used to treat the following vision issues:
Myopia (nearsightedness): LASIK is used to reshape the cornea and help the patients improve vision over a distance
Hyperopia (farsightedness): We use LASIK to reshape the cornea and help patients see things close to them better
Astigmatism: Our lasers are used to reshape the cornea in different places to even out the degree across the outermost layer of the eye for clear vision.
What Is LASIK?
LASIK stands for Laser Assisted InSitu Keratomileusis, a two-step process that uses pulses of non-thermal light to gently reshape the cornea and correct refractive vision issues like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
In Albany, GA or any Eye Center South location where LASIK is offered, you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re being treated by an expert surgical team with access to the latest technologies. At Eye Center South, we offer bladeless LASIK, which means that our laser corrective procedures lead the industry in precision, minimizing recovery time.
We back our LASIK procedures with our Lifetime Vision Partnership Program. You can think of it as a warranty on your LASIK. As your vision partner, Eye Center South thanks you for trusting us with your vision by guaranteeing that if you need additional enhancement on your laser corrective work, we’ll do it at a significantly reduced cost.
Other Vision Correction Procedures
Instead of or in combination with LASIK, there are a few other corrective vision surgeries that the team at Eye Center South offer to help you reach the clear vision you desire.
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)
Also known as Clear Lens Exchange (CLE), RLE involves replacing your eye’s natural lens with an artificial lens, significantly improving close-up vision as well as vision over a distance. RLE can be used on its own or combined with a custom LASIK procedure for the best possible outcome.
Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)
Before we schedule LASIK for our patients at Eye Center South in Albany, GA or another surgical center, patients undergo scans that give us detailed readings of the topography and tomography of their eye so that we can judge the safety and effectiveness of LASIK surgery. For a variety of reasons — such as severe myopia, for example — some patients aren’t candidates. For these patients, we offer alternatives to LASIK, including a new treatment that we call ICL. This involves the permanent implant of a contact lens, giving patients an alternate route to clear vision if laser surgery isn’t an option for them.
How to Prepare for Your LASIK Surgery
You’ll start with a consultation at an Eye Center South location in Alabama, Georgia, or Florida and see a LASIK specialist for an initial screening. Because it takes an in-depth look at your eye composition to decide whether or not you’re a candidate for LASIK, more screening will take place when you arrive in Albany or another LASIK surgical center on the day of your appointment.
Some Things to Remember:
If you wear contact lenses, stop wearing them before your surgery. Contacts correct the shape of your cornea when wearing them but taking them off doesn’t always return the cornea to its natural shape, meaning that LASIK will not be as effective.
Soft lenses take 2 weeks for the cornea to return to its natural shape
Other lenses, including toric, gas permeable (GP), and hard lenses take at least 6 weeks
Be sure to tell your doctor about any prescriptions you wear currently or in your recent past
At your LASIK consultation, your doctor will explain the entire process, including:
Whether you’re a good candidate for LASIK
Any risks that apply to you as a result of laser vision surgery
The experience of LASIK, before, after, and during the procedure
Anything you need to remember for your surgery
Paying for LASIK
At Eye Center South, our goal is to make LASIK an affordable option for patients in Albany, GA and throughout our service areas in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Our standard payment options include:
• Cash or check
• Monthly payment plan
CareCredit Healthcare Card
We’re also proud to partner with CareCredit, a credit bureau that offers lines of credit to be used for out of pocket healthcare expenses. Since LASIK is rarely covered by vision or health benefits, the costs are out of the patient’s pocket, which can make the procedure much less affordable. With CareCredit, patients get access to low interest rates and special payment plans when paying for life-changing treatments like LASIK and other vision corrective procedures.
Learn more by visiting www.carecredit.com or contacting our office.
See How Much You Can Save After LASIK
* Estimated savings with LASIK represents the amount saved by having LASIK versus wearing contact lenses until age 65, based on your age and average monthly expense on contact lenses. Additional savings to consider include the cost of contact lens solution, backup pairs of prescription eyeglasses, and annual eye exams/contact lens fittings.
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Risks of LASIK
Most patients are very pleased with the results of their treatment at Eye Center South, but with any surgical procedure, LASIK does carry some minor risks:
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 achieves 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, it 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 is 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.
The following may disqualify you as a candidate for LASIK:
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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