LASIK Eye Surgery in Dallas, Texas
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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 by D Magazine as the “Best in Dallas” for LASIK and Cataract Surgery for 18 years. LASIK Surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Whitman and the rest of our staff can help you achieve clearer vision.
What Is LASIK?
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 nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.
Refractive procedures correct vision problems and LASIK is the most popular and well-known of these procedures.
The LASIK Procedure
LASIK is an amazing surgery that takes around 15 minutes. From your arrival to the Key-Whitman Eye Center office until you head home after the procedure is over, the entire process at our LASIK Center usually takes about an hour. 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.
The LASIK procedure involves:
- Preparation — Eye drops are applied to numb your eyes. Some patients also are given an oral sedative 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.
Benefits of Laser Eye Surgery
- Your vision will begin 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 every patient is different. Generally, 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 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!
Is LASIK Safe? Are There Side Effects?
LASIK is considered a highly safe, effective procedure. Approximately 600,000 individuals undergo this procedure every year, according to the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Still, as with any surgery, there are some risks. Your Key-Whitman Eye Center 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
- Flap complications
Is LASIK Painful?
Patients often are surprised that the LASIK procedure was quick, easy, and didn’t hurt. They tell us they wish they hadn’t worried about it before deciding to proceed with the decision to get LASIK. 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. 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.
LASIK Patient Testimonial
“Thanks, Key-Whitman! It’s been 3 years since I had LASIK and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. Every day I’m reminded how great it feels to open my eyes and can see…well. Thanks, Key-Whitman!”
The LASIK Recovery Process
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 can drive themselves to their appointment, but it’s a good idea to have a back-up plan just in case. Also, most patients can return to work and many of their usual activities as soon as the next day. However, you should avoid swimming or 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 six months after surgery.
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.
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“The instantaneous results were astounding and the discomfort minimal. I look forward to the medical care I will now expect from your facility in the future. Thanks again for my vision improvement.”- Patient
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