LASIK EYE SURGERY IN DALLAS / FORT WORTH
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Our goal is to help you achieve great vision. At Key-Whitman Eye Center, we put our patients first and advise them in taking the right steps to achieve their best vision, using only the most advanced equipment and techniques available. Our doctors have been named “Best in Dallas” for LASIK and Cataract Surgery for 18 years by D Magazine. Dr. Jeffrey Whitman and the rest of our staff are the best options for giving you the vision you deserve.
LASIK is an amazing surgery that takes around 15 minutes. From when you check-in at the Key-Whitman front desk to when you head home, the entire process at our LASIK Center usually takes about an hour.
This is what is involved in your LASIK procedure:
- Preparation — Eye drops are applied to numb your eyes. Some patients also are given an oral sedation medication to help relax them and make it easier to sleep when they get home. You do not need to worry about keeping your eyes open during the procedure. When you are relaxed and ready, a lid speculum is placed to keep the eyelids open for LASIK.
- Accessing the cornea — The eye is stabilized, creating a feeling of mild pressure. Your Key-Whitman surgeon then creates a thin flap in the cornea, providing access to the cornea. At Key-Whitman, you’ll get the benefit of bladeless LASIK, so your flap incision is made with our femtosecond laser instead of a surgical blade. The flap is then folded back.
- Reshaping the cornea — Using the computer-controlled excimer laser, your surgeon directs pulses of light at the eye, precisely reshaping the cornea.
- Replacing the flap — Once your cornea has been reshaped, the final step is to replace the corneal flap. It heals on its own without any stitches.
What is LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK stands for “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis.” This eye surgery is a popular refractive procedure designed for patients who struggle with moderate levels of common eyesight problems, such as the following:
- Nearsightedness or myopia
- Farsightedness or hyperopia
Refractive procedures correct vision problems and LASIK is the most popular and well-known of these procedures.
Benefits of LASIK Eye Surgery
Tired of wearing glasses and having to hassle with contact lenses? You’re not alone. Every year, more than 600,000 Americans improve their nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism with LASIK. Here are 5 cool benefits of LASIK:
- Vision begins to improve immediately after the procedure.
- No bandages or stitches are required although it is common to wear a bandage contact lens for comfort immediately after your surgery.
- Most patients experience no pain during their LASIK procedures.
- Patients usually have a dramatic decrease in the need for glasses after LASIK surgery, with most not needing glasses or contacts at all to see at distance. During the FDA trials, the Alcon Wavelight Refractive Suite 100% of patients achieved 20/40 vision without glasses (minimum legal driving vision without glasses) and 94.5% achieved 20/20 without correction.
- While LASIK results are permanent, your eye prescription can change over time. A follow-up procedure can address that if you desire an enhancement.
Who is a Good Candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery?
Like any procedure, LASIK is not for everyone because each individual is different. Generally speaking, the right candidate for LASIK:
- Is 18 years old or older
- Has healthy corneas
- Has not experienced any significant prescription change within the last year
Other factors could determine your eligibility as well, but overall, comprehensive and dilated eye exams are the best ways to determine your candidacy for LASIK. One of our experienced doctors will discuss these matters with you at your first appointment. An extremely high percentage of LASIK patients achieve improved vision and are happy they had LASIK!
How does LASIK Work?
In a LASIK procedure, the surgeon uses a highly focused laser to create a tiny flap in the cornea. Then, the eye surgeon crafts the shape of the cornea using the laser, with the goal of righting the problem in the eye that creates focus difficulties by enabling light to properly focus on the retina.
LASIK is considered a highly safe and effective procedure. Approximately 600,000 individuals undergo this procedure every year, according to the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Is LASIK safe and what are the side effects?
LASIK surgery is safe and successful in the overwhelming majority of cases. Still, as with any surgery, there are some risks. Your Key-Whitman surgeon and counselor will discuss these with you prior to your surgery. These are potential complications/side effects of this surgery, although they are rare:
- Sensitivity to glare
- Seeing halos around bright lights
- Double vision
- Dry eyes
- Problems with the flap, such as infection, excessive tearing, and swelling
Does LASIK hurt?
Patients often are surprised that the LASIK procedure was quick, easy and didn’t hurt. They tell us they wished they hadn’t been worried about it. Most patients report there was little or no discomfort with LASIK surgery. The numbing drops and sedative we provide help you feel more comfortable during the surgery and when you get home.
After your surgery, your eyes may itch, burn, or be watery. Your vision will be blurry at first. There is little, if any, pain afterwards, and your vision recovers very quickly.
What are the risks?
LASIK is an extremely safe eye surgery and the potential complications are remote. But as with any surgery, there are some risks. The most common ones being flap complications, glare , nd halos. We believe that using the femtosecond laser reduces these risks. The least common is the risk of infection.
While there are many who benefit from LASIK, there are potential side effects including glare from bright lights, halos (rings around lights), light sensitivity, night driving glare, and visual fluctuation. Your individual risks will be discussed at the time of your consultation. For more information regarding the risks and benefits associated with the Wavelight® Refractive Suite treatment, please visit Wavelength Refractive Suite or www.fda.gov.
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What is the recovery experience after LASIK?
It’s important to have someone drive you home after your LASIK procedure and we will want to rest your eyes and sleep once you get home. While recovery time is usually not long, it’s common for patients to have some slight itching or burning in their eyes. Your eyes may also tear more than usual for a few hours. These are normal during the healing process. You’ll be asked to use preservative-free artificial tears and medicated eye drops to prevent infection and to aid in healing.
We will need you to return the morning after surgery so we can check your eyes. Most patients are able to drive themselves to their appointment, but it’s a good idea to have a back-up plan just in case. Also, most patients are able to return to work and many of their usual activities as soon as the next day. However, you should avoid swimming and submerging your head and face in the water for a couple of weeks. UV sun-protection sunglasses are strongly encouraged for LASIK patients during the first 6 months after surgery.
How soon after the LASIK procedure can I go to work?
Many people return to work the very next day, once they’ve been examined at their one-day post op visit but healing varies by individual.
Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK Eye Surgery
Below are common questions we hear from people interested in LASIK. We recommend you ask these questions before you make a decision about where to have your LASIK or whether LASIK is right for you. We invite you to speak to a Key-Whitman counselor to get the answers to these and all your questions about LASIK. Please give us a call today.
How do I know if I am choosing the right surgeon?
Look at your surgeon’s experience and reputation for excellence. Ask if your eye surgeon is board-certificated in Ophthalmology to ensure your physician has met the training and standards set by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Additional certification in LASIK by the American Board of Eye Surgeons shows specific proficiency in the LASIK surgical procedure.
What is PRK versus LASIK?
Some patients do not have enough corneal thickness to undergo LASIK. Your Key-Whitman surgeon may recommend PRK, which gently removes the epithelial layer of the cornea before the excimer laser treats the stromal layer of the cornea. Because the epithelium has to regrow, it may take a few days longer than LASIK to recover after PRK.
Can LASIK fix other eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, dry eye, etc.?
No, LASIK only reshapes the cornea. This corrects refractive issues leading to nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It does not correct other eye conditions. It should be noted that these other conditions could potentially affect your LASIK outcome.
Can LASIK fix astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a condition where a person’s cornea is shaped more like a football than the normal round shape. This creates flaws with refraction and impairs the clarity of your vision. The ultra-precise lasers used for LASIK can be programmed to reshape the cornea to make the front surface of the eye more symmetrical. In most cases, this will fully treat astigmatism.
Can LASIK Correct Presbyopia?
This procedure uses a laser to reshape the cornea. That’s how LASIK permanently corrects the refractive issues in a person’s vision, whether they were nearsighted, farsighted, or had astigmatism.
You should be aware that LASIK does not correct presbyopia — a condition that is almost universal after people reach the age of 40, where the eye loses its ability to focus effectively on close up objects. That’s why, after the age of 40, most people need to use reading glasses. This is true for people who never needed glasses before as well as people who have had LASIK.
It’s important to understand that presbyopia doesn’t involve the cornea, which was reshaped with LASIK. Presbyopia occurs in the lens inside the eye, which is behind the cornea. LASIK doesn’t make presbyopia happen sooner or make it worse. You will experience it naturally as you age, whether you’ve had LASIK or not.
Is LASIK done on both eyes in one session?
Typically, LASIK surgery is done bilaterally (on both eyes) at the same session.
Will I still need to wear glasses after having LASIK?
Most patients do not need to wear glasses or are much less dependent on glasses for their distance vision after LASIK. However, as mentioned above, you may need to wear reading glasses for up-close vision as you get older.
What is the likelihood that I will experience dry eye after LASIK?
At least temporarily, it is very likely you will experience dryness after surgery.
For this reason, it is critical that you choose a reputable surgeon who will test and treat dry eyes prior to surgery and prescribe a treatment regimen during your postoperative period. Chronic severe dry eyes may eliminate your candidacy for LASIK surgery. Patients on anti-depressants and antihistamines may have dryness due to their medications.
Does dry eye get better with time?
Yes, with the proper treatment from the doctor and careful compliance by the patient, most dry eyes caused by surgery will diminish over time. Supplements, medications and artificial tears and ointments will be recommended to treat eye dryness.
Will I see halos or ghost images?
Ask if your eye surgeon will be using OptiLASIK™ with the Wavelight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q laser. The Wavelight laser can preserve or improve quality of vision in regards to glare and night driving glare. In fact, it is the only laser with FDA claims stating these results. In the case of myopia (nearsightedness) especially, there was an improvement in the glare from bright lights, light sensitivity, and in night driving glare exhibited after the treatment.
During your early days of healing, there may be some sensitivity as a result of healing. These symptoms are usually short lived and continue to get better over the course of the healing time.
Will my night vision be affected?
Night vision is usually improved after laser eye surgery with the Wavelight® laser. The laser uses a treatment zone that effectively treats your eye, taking into account your eye’s pupil diameter during bright and dim light situations, while minimizing typical laser side-effects. Those patients with excessively large pupils in dim light will be counseled about the likelihood that glare sensitivities are increased in these situations and will be counseled as to the expectations after surgery.
Will I need reading glasses after LASIK?
Once you reach the age of 40, you will probably require glasses for reading, regardless of your choice to have LASIK. The need for reading glasses is a function of the aging process. Ask your doctor about what other options are available for patients over 40 to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Find out about crystalens®, which is most often the choice of patients who do not want to rely on glasses and contacts to see near, far and in-between.
If LASIK is so safe, why do so many ophthalmologists still wear glasses?
Just as with any patient, some ophthalmologists may not be good candidates for LASIK or they are not motivated to have a procedure.
Schedule A Consultation
Contact Key-Whitman Eye Center today to schedule your LASIK consultation. LASIK consultations are offered at our North Arlington, Plano, and Dallas locations.