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What is LASIK?

LASIK eye surgery is a procedure that corrects certain vision problems, reducing or eliminating the need for eyeglasses or corrective lenses. LASIK actually stands for Laser in-situ keratomileusis. (the technical term for the surgical procedure) LASIK eye surgery is the most common type of refractive surgery. Refractive surgery changes the shape of your cornea to correct your vision. This procedure can be quite effective and has very few side effects. LASIK is a great option for many individuals considering laser vision correction for a variety of very personal and professional reasons. LASIK may not promise perfect vision, however; it is a highly successful procedure that can at the very least reduce a person’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The lifestyle benefits can be tremendous for active and social people. These benefits can enable people to more freely pursue their hobbies, sports activities or career options.

For more information on LASIK and other vision correction procedures at Carter Eye Center, email us, us or call Carter Eye Center at 1-800-950-2020 for a FREE consultation. Choose LASIK in Dallas with tens of thousands of LASIK procedures patient at a time! Contact our Dallas Eye Center today for your free LASIK consultation with Dr. Carter.

What Happens During LASIK Eye Surgery

Visx During the All-Laser LASIK procedure also referred to as Bladeless LASIK, all the latest technological advances will be used at Carter Eye Center. After the patient has been escorted into the laser suite their eyes will be prepared for the procedure. A lid speculum will be placed on the eye to hold back the eyelids during the surgery so that blinking will not affect the procedure. The Intralase femtosecond laser will then be used instead of a blade driven microkeratome to make a thin flap in the cornea. The corneal flap will then be moved so that the excimer laser can begin the treatment. Depending on the amount of correction required per the eye prescription, the laser will deliver the appropriate amount of energy for optimal results. You may hear a laser ticking sound during the actual laser treatment. Once the laser treatment has been completed the flap will then be repositioned to begin the healing process. Drops will be used to ensure a positive recovery and you will be instructed by your LASIK surgeon to use these on a regular basis over the next few days. Visual recovery typically occurs quickly with LASIK and returning to work within a few days is normal. You will be given eyeshields to prevent any bumping or rubbing of the eyes during the first days after the LASIK eye surgery.

Understanding Your Prescription For LASIK Surgery

Please feel free to review the refractive errors that LASIK can help correct and lead to a path of clear, natural vision. If you have any questions regarding your LASIK candidacy we encourage you to contact us directly for a LASIK pre-operative evaluation. LASIK vision correction can correct vision disorders such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The amount of your nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism will define your vision prescription. This represents the amount of vision correction you need to correct your sight.


Myopia (Nearsightedness)

Nearsighted individuals typically have problems seeing well at a distance and are forced to wear glasses or contact lenses. The nearsighted eye is usually longer than a normal eye, and its cornea may also be steeper. Therefore, when light passes through the cornea and lens, it is focused in front of the retina. This will make distant images appear blurred. There are several refractive surgery solutions available to correct nearly all levels of nearsightedness.

Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

Farsighted individuals typically develop problems reading up close before the age of 40. The farsighted eye is usually slightly shorter than a normal eye and may have a flatter cornea. Thus, the light of distant objects focuses behind the retina unless the natural lens can compensate fully. Near objects require even greater focusing power to be seen clearly and therefore, blur more easily. LASIK, Refractive Lens Exchange, and Contact lenses are a few of the options available to correct farsightedness.


Asymmetric steepening of the cornea or natural lens causes light to be focused unevenly, which is the main optical problem in astigmatism. To individuals with uncorrected astigmatism, images may look blurry or shadowed. Astigmatism can accompany any form of refractive error and is very common. Astigmatism can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, corneal relaxing incisions, laser vision correction, and special implant lenses.

What To Expect Before LASIK Eye Surgery

In order to even qualify for LASIK eye surgery, you will need to have a complete eye health evaluation with Carter Eye Center. If you wear contact lenses, it is a good idea to stop wearing them before your pre-operative LASIK evaluation and switch to wearing your glasses full-time. Contact lenses change the shape of your cornea for up to several weeks after you have stopped using them depending on the type of contact lenses you wear. In anticipation of the actual LASIK surgery date you should stop wearing makeup, creams, lotions or perfumes at least one day prior to surgery. These types of eye products tend to create debris that could lead to an increased risk of surgery. At Carter Eye Center we want to take as many precautions as possible to ensure the best visual outcome.