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LASIK Questions

Why should I choose Carter Eye Center for LASIK?

You have many choices for LASIK in Dallas and elsewhere. However, if you do your homework, we believe you will choose Carter Eye Center like Troy Aikman and so many others have already.

Our LASIK results are proven. We offer the latest laser technology, including CustomVue Wavefront-guided LASIK, and Dr. Carter's skill and experience are second to none.

Most importantly, however, we will treat you and every other patient as a VIP and will make sure you not only have great visual results, but a great experience as well.

Which lasers do you use for LASIK?

At Carter Eye Center, we offer state-of-the-art laser technology for LASIK using the VISX Star S4 CustomVue™.

What is the Carter Eye Center custom LASIK?

This refers to CustomVue Wavefront-guided LASIK. Wavefront technology is a recent advance in LASIK technique, used for both diagnosis and for guiding the corneal correction. As a diagnostic tool it gives more precise information about your individual corneal aberrations, or imperfections. It expresses this information mathematically, and from this, a 3-D map of your eye is drawn by the computer. Dr. Carter then uses this map to precisely guide the excimer laser in correcting those aberrations. Since Dr. Carter treats each patient individually, he will use this specific information when treating your eyes.

What is Wavefront Technology

Wavefront technology has been used by astronomers on telescopes for many years but recently has been adapted for use on human eyes. By sending light into the eyes and measuring the light that reflects back to the computer, discrepancies are precisely measured. These discrepancies between what was sent and what bounces back are aberrations in your vision, i.e., distortions created by the irregular shape of your cornea or other parts of your eye. This information is converted into mathematical expression, and the computer builds a 3-D map of your eyes.

The wavefront technology can measure not only lower-order aberrations like nearsightedness and farsightedness but also the higher-order aberrations, which can create visual problems such as halos, ghosting, and starbursts.

How do I know if I am a candidate?

The ideal candidate for laser vision correction is 18 years of age or older and has healthy corneas. Your vision should be relatively unchanged over the last year. People with certain medical conditions and women who are currently pregnant are not candidates for laser vision correction.

How successful is LASIK?

Dr. Carter has performed over tens of thousands of LASIK procedures with outstanding results, one patient at a time. Virtually all of Dr. Carter's LASIK patients are 20/40 or better; this is good enough to pass a driver's license exam in most states with no corrective restrictions. In addition, more than 92% of Dr. Carters LASIK patients see 20/25 or better.

When custom wavefront-guided LASIK is performed, results are even better than with traditional LASIK. Many people especially notice the extra improvement when they're driving at night.

One recent study found that 44% of the eyes treated with custom LASIK had vision of 20/15 or better without glasses or contacts, after 3 months. The same study also found that 92% were 20/20 and 100% were 20/25 or better without glasses or contacts, after 3 months.

A study performed recently by the U.S. Navy found that of their sailors who had wavefront-guided LASIK:

  • 85% of 908 patients had 20/16 vision; and
  • 97% of 34 patients achieved 20/20 or better.

By comparison, only 69 % of conventional LASIK patients had 20/16 vision six months after their procedures.
When considering these study results and the percentages of people who achieve 20/20 vision or better, keep in mind that the selection of study candidates will affect the study results. Some people are more likely to have better visual acuity after LASIK, whether wavefront or traditional, than others. Not everyone is an ideal candidate for LASIK treatments, and Dr. Carter will examine your vision thoroughly before proceeding with LASIK.

Is LASIK safe?

Dr. Carter has performed tens of thousands of LASIK procedures, one patient at a time. More than one million procedures have been performed using the VISX laser in the United States. Nationwide, less than one percent of patients have experienced any kind of serious vision-threatening complications. Dr. Carter will make every effort to avoid complications with your LASIK procedure.

Is LASIK painful?

The staff at Carter Eye Center will first numb your eyes using special anesthetic eye drops; the procedure itself is virtually painless. You will be awake and comfortable throughout the procedure and may feel pressure but not pain. Some discomfort after the procedure may occur, although it usually disappears within 12 to 24 hours. Discomfort can include itchy, watery eyes.

What are the risks?

As with every medical procedure, there are risks involved with Laser Vision Correction. While this website explains some risks of LASIK and LASEK, Dr. Carter and our staff will discuss them in detail during your personal consultation. He'll give you a thorough explanation of all the risks and benefits involved with each procedure. A very small percentage of patients who undergo the procedure have experienced mild side effects. Some patients report seeing halos around lights at night or having fluctuations in vision throughout the day, though most side effects are temporary.

How much time will I need off work?

Most patients return to work the day following the procedure, so there is little downtime. Dr. Carter may suggest that you take it easy for two to three days and will make a recommendation for recovery time based on your individual vision needs and work environment.

When will I be able to see?

Many patients can read the clock on the wall in the laser room immediately after LASIK. However, your sight may fluctuate for a period of time after the procedure. It's important to have realistic expectations.

While not all patients undergoing LASIK gain 20/20 vision, 92 percent of them see 20/40 or better after the procedure (and with Custom LASIK, those numbers are much higher). 20/40 qualifies an individual to pass a driver's license exam without wearing glasses or contact lenses. Less than one percent of patients experience any kind of serious vision-threatening complications from the procedure.

Will I ever have to wear glasses again?

The goal of LASIK is to reduce or eliminate the need for any type of corrective lenses. Since virtually all of Dr. Carter's LASIK patients achieve 20/40 vision (and those numbers are even better with custom LASIK) or better, very few choose to wear glasses. Those who do generally use them only in certain circumstances such as driving at night or in the rain. For most people, whether they have had LASIK or not, reading glasses will be needed as they reach their 40s.

How important is experience?

A physician's experience is one of the most important factors in successful laser and refractive procedures. Dr. Carter is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has performed thousands of refractive procedures and tens of thousands of LASIK patient at a time. The Carter Eye Center has been serving patients in Dallas and North Texas for more than 20 years and specializes in laser and refractive procedures.

What's the first step?

A free initial consultation is the first step. To schedule it, you can either call our center - 1-800-950-2020, Or, contact us by email to set it up.

What happens on the day of the LASIK procedure?

  • We ask you to arrive at Carter Eye Center 30 minutes before the appointment time for your procedure. One of our highly trained technicians will stay with you throughout your entire experience
  • You should also bring a family member or friend. With your approval, they will be able to view your procedure as it happens
  • On the morning of your procedure, you may eat a normal meal
  • Once you arrive, your LASIK technician will greet you and take you through the entire process
  • Our patients usually choose to take mild sedation so they can be more relaxed during the procedure and to help them nap afterward
  • Your LASIK technician will then escort you to the laser suite
  • The procedure itself is essentially painless, and most patients notice a significant improvement in their vision right away
  • After the procedure, you will be advised to go home and take a nap, and most of our patients wake up feeling little or no discomfort
  • The whole process takes approximately 2 hours
  • Clear protective eye shields will cover both eyes until the next morning (or one eye if you only have LASIK on one eye)
  • Most patients notice a significant improvement in their vision the next day, and without the need for glasses, drive themselves in for their initial post-op exam

Contact us today for Carter Custom Care LASIK in Dallas. You deserve our time, attention and great vision results.

Carter Custom Care: LASIK with Peace of Mind. Guaranteed.