If you’ve ever thought about having LASIK, you’re certainly in good company.
Freedom from the hassles of glasses and contacts is something many people think about on the daily.
How annoying is it to wake up in the morning and not be able to see the clock on your nightstand until you feel around and locate your glasses? How about your glasses slipping down your nose at spin class? Sweat in your contacts on your morning run? Can’t see to put your mascara on without your glasses, but can’t actually put the mascara on while wearing said glasses?
Do you know what can help with all those hassles? LASIK.
The popular laser vision correction procedure has been performed on over 10 million Americans since it first received FDA approval in 1999. And for good reason. LASIK offers freedom. With a location in Dallas, we proudly serve the Dallas and surrounding Texas areas with LASIK eye surgery.
How Does LASIK Work?
LASIK (Laser-Assisted in-Situ Keratomileusis) is a type of refractive surgery commonly referred to as laser vision correction. It treats nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. If you’re wearing glasses and/or contacts, and you fall into one (or even two) of the above-mentioned categories, then LASIK may be the right choice for you.
LASIK works by changing the shape of your cornea, which changes the way images focus on the retina. It’s a two-step process: Creating a small flap on the cornea, and reshaping the corneal surface, all in just a few short minutes!
Every person who is interested in LASIK has questions. It’s a natural part of the process and we welcome them!
LASIK Eye Surgery in Dallas
Didn’t see your question? No worries. Serving the Dallas areas with premier LASIK surgery, schedule your free LASIK consultation today and we will be happy to answer any question you have.
Dr. Carter is committed to providing the latest proven technology for every step of your LASIK journey.
This starts with testing for candidacy. Advanced CustomVue LASIK offers the ultimate avenue for safety, precision and great vision results. CustomVue, a Wavefront-guided treatment, allows Dallas residents to get the benefit of all the latest vision technologies rolled into one highly customized procedure.
Unlike traditional LASIK measurement methods that simply measure the curvature of your cornea, Wavefront enables Dr. Carter to capture even the finest points of your vision characteristics. With this highly detailed level of measurement, we are able to treat patients who may not have been LASIK candidates before.
Next up; the iFS IntraLASE laser. Thanks to this incredibly advanced laser, our LASIK procedure is simple and easy. The procedure is done entirely with a laser; no blades whatsoever. On top of that, the biggest advantage is that the iFS IntraLASE laser works incredibly fast, which means faster recovery and even lower risks.
All this technology combines to create a procedure that is as unique as you and your eyes. Ask us about all-laser LASIK at your consultation.
Not a Candidate? Not a Problem
Even if you’re not an ideal candidate for LASIK, there’s no need to worry! At Carter Eye Center, we have several other vision-correcting options for improved vision with reduced dependency on glasses or contacts.
PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) treats nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. PRK was developed before LASIK, but is still commonly used to help patients who want great vision but have very thin corneas.
With PRK, there is no flap creation. Instead, the top layer of corneal cells (epithelium) is removed altogether. This is called surface ablation. The laser is focused directly on the corneal surface. Healing and visual recovery take a little longer after PRK than with LASIK. Both procedures enjoy a very favorable success rate.
LASEK is a blade-free vision correction procedure. LASEK essentially combines the principles of PRK and LASIK for a vision correction alternative with many advantages for those who may not be ideal candidates for other procedures. LASEK stands for Laser-Assisted Sub-Epithelial Keratomileusis. It’s a surface ablation technique, similar to PRK, but is designed for:
- Quicker healing
- Faster visual recovery
- Reduced discomfort
Instead of removing the epithelium or corneal surface, as is done with PRK, the LASEK procedure applies an alcohol solution to the epithelium to loosen the cells and access the treatment area. The cool-light laser is then applied to reshape the cornea in order to correct your vision.
The Visian ICL, also known as the Implantable Collamer® Lens, is a type of refractive procedure to help correct the most common visual problem, myopia. Simply put, Visian ICL is a removable lens implant that is an alternative to LASIK and other refractive procedures.
The procedure uses a Collamer (collagen-based) lens and does not require the removal of your eye’s natural lens, maintaining your natural, up-close focusing ability. The Visian ICL is inserted through a tiny incision and carefully positioned behind the iris and in front of your natural lens. Once implanted, the Visian ICL is only visible with a microscope. It is almost like wearing a contact on the front surface of the cornea.
This FDA-approved procedure is safe and reversible; the Visian ICL can be removed or replaced at any time. And unlike traditional contact lenses, these implanted lenses never need to be removed for cleaning.
If you’d like to know more about any of these LASIK alternatives, please contact us at Carter Eye Center. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and work with you to see which vision-correcting procedure is right for you.