To find out more about this exciting procedure or to schedule a free consultation call Sherry at 504-883-7667.
How do I find out if I am a good candidate?
Laser Vision Correction can treat a broad range of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. An initial free consultation with our Laser Vision Coordinator will confirm if you may be a good candidate. You must be a minimum of 18 years of age, have a stable prescription for at least one year, and have good general and eye health. She will be happy to explain the procedure and answer any questions that you may have.
The next step is to schedule a comprehensive evaluation with one of our doctors. This is the only way to determine if you are definitely a good candidate for this procedure. The exam includes refracting and dilating your eyes, and a through examination of your retina. Diagnostic testing will also be conducted to determine the thickness of your corneas. Topographical mapping of your corneas is another mechanism used to determine if you are indeed a good candidate.
If you are interested in scheduling a free consultation with our LASIK Coordinator, Sherry, please feel free to e-mail her at [email protected] or call 883-7667.
Is Laser Vision Correction safe?
Laser Vision correction is an extremely safe procedure IF you are a good candidate. That is why it is so important to choose your doctor wisely. Our doctors are experienced and highly trained. Never would they recommend a procedure to someone unless they were confident that the patient was a good candidate who would achieve improved results from the surgery. Studies show that less than 1% of patients experience a vision decrease after laser surgery. A very small number of individuals may need a re-treatment to achieve their best outcome.
What kind of results can I expect?
Laser Vision Correction is extremely successful in reducing dependence on glasses or contacts. The degree of improvement may vary among patient based upon the severity of their prescription and how quickly they heal. More than 98% of patients who have laser vision correction are able to drive, watch TV and function daily without the need for glasses or contacts.
Does Laser Vision Correction hurt?
Laser Vision Correction is a very non intrusive procedure. No needles, tubes or IVs! Only anesthetic eye drops are used during the procedure. Occasionally, patients may experience a mild discomfort.
How long does it take before my vision improves?
Many patients see a remarkable improvement in their vision the day following their procedure. The vast majority of individuals are able to drive their car and go to work the next day. Although the speed of recovery depends upon personal healing patterns, most patients notice dramatic visual improvement within a few days. Patients with higher prescriptions may heal more slowly. You should notice a daily improvement in your vision. Slight fluctuations in vision may occur while healing.
How long does LASIK last?
LASIK permanently reshapes the surface of the cornea.
What is CustomVue?
The CustomVue procedure involves the use of a wavescan analyzer which has advanced measurement capabilities. With CustomVue our doctors can now help individuals achieve a new level of vision by measuring and correcting the unique imperfections of each individual’s eyes.
What is the difference between conventional LASIK and CustomVue?
The actual LASIK procedure is performed in exactly the same way in both conventional LASIK and CustomVue LASIK. The pre-operative testing differs because, in addition to the normal diagnostic testing used in conventional LASIK, CustomVue LASIK uses a tool called a wavescan analyzer to accurately measure any tiny imperfections in the eye. Each person’s vision is unique, as personal as their DNA or fingerprint. These measurements are then programmed into the laser. The laser then treats your eye based upon that personalized 3D map. In some patients, these “higher order aberrations” can have a significant impact on one’s quality of vision. Halos and visual glare, especially at night have been linked to these tiny imperfections. Contacts, glasses or conventional LASIK have not been able to treat them. With CustomVue, our doctors are able to assist you in achieving your personal, best vision!
Conventional LASIK is an excellent choice for many patients. You can trust our doctors to help you decide which procedure is best for you. Custom LASIK is necessary for some and desirable for many. Only after discussing your options with your doctor will you be able to determine if CustomVue or conventional LASIK is the right choice.
What is Monovision?
In monovision, the surgeon fully corrects the dominant eye, while leaving the non-dominant eye slightly under corrected. Our brain has the incredible capacity to adjust. It uses the fully corrected dominant eye for clear distance vision while the under corrected non-dominant eye is used for good near vision.
Does insurance cover the cost of Laser Vision Correction?
Our insurance department will be happy to check your plan. Some insurances do cover elective treatments while others offer partial coverage.