Lasik Eye Surgery
What is laser vision correction?
Laser vision correction surgery treats vision problems like near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism using state of the art, computer controlled, Excimer laser. This gentle beam of cool laser light carefully reshapes the cornea and improves the focusing problem. Laser pulses remove less tissue from the cornea than the width of a human hair ensuring the structural integrity of the cornea is maintained. Since 1988, more than four million Excimer procedures have been performed worldwide. The Long-term follow-up of these patients has proven the safety and long lasting effects of this procedure. There are several different applications for laser vision correction including traditional LASIK, Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK), and Monovision LASIK. We would be happy to discuss which option would best suit your personal visual needs. We customize each treatment plan based on your desired goals and outcomes. We also offer custom Vue Technology. This WaveScan WaveFront System and STAR S4 Excimer Laser deliver unprecedented levels of measurement accuracy and outstanding treatment precision that is customized for your unique eye.
"I can't thank you enough for the wonderful experience of LASIK. Freedom and vision are two of the most important privileges in life. The surgery offered me both. I am very active, and the outdoor type. This surgery has made my life broader and more enjoyable."
- Bart McMillian
"Thank you for my new eyesight! I struggled with the decision whether to have the LASIK surgery or not; I was afraid. Once I decided to go ahead, I was really excited. As I walked out of surgery, I could read the magazines on the table. I knew I had made the right decision. I have played tennis and golf and am seeing unbelievable! Thank you so much!"
- Carolyn Robinson
"I can't say enough about LASIK. It has literally changed my life. Before, I was legally blind. I had to keep my glasses next to my bed within easy reach. If my baby woke up in the middle of the night, it took a huge effort to find my glasses and find her in the dark. Now I have 20/25 vision and no contacts. The freedom to go anywhere and do anything without needing contacts or glasses is incredible. In my life, it's the next best miracle after the birth of my daughter."
- Kerri Pugh
Who is a candidate for LASIK?
Laser vision correction is well suited for active people who find glasses and contacts to be a nuisance, and those who simply don't want to be dependent on them. If you wear glasses or contacts, and are over 18 years old, you may be a good candidate. Your lens prescription should be relatively stable for at least one year and you should be free of medical problems related to your eyes. To find out for sure if you are a LASIK candidate, you can schedule a complete LASIK evaluation by Dr. Chapman. Gainesville Eye works with a number of LASIK referral practices to provide these sight enhancement services.
Risks of LASIK
The Excimer laser procedure, like all medical procedures, has limitations and risks, although the risk of having a serious vision threatening complication is less than 1%. We all fear losing our vision. No cases of blindness have been reported as a result of either the PRK or LASIK procedures.
While rare, some side effects that may be encountered after laser vision correction include infection, delayed healing of epithelium resulting in haze, corneal flap problems, corneal surface irregularities, under/over correction, contact lens intolerance, or regression. We will review the potential risks with you in detail.
LASIK Recovery Time
For the first 12 hours immediately following your laser vision surgery, we strongly encourage you to rest and keep your eyes closed as much as possible. You will have a follow up appointment the morning after your surgery. Often our patients return to work after the first post operative appointment.
We do ask that you avoid extreme sunlight exposure, scuba diving, swimming, strenuous exercise, saunas, hot tubs and water sports for a minimum of one week.