Laser vision correction is one of the most frequently performed operations in America. Iowa EyeCare offers Custom Bladeless LASIK at our location in Robins through TLC, the largest laser correction company in the world. We also have the most extensive diagnostic equipment and technology in the world because we are committed to providing the highest level of care for you and your eyes. Our skilled doctors can identify the unique imperfections of your eyes and factor them into a custom treatment plan.
We take care to assist you in your decision to have LASIK eye surgery. We want you to be fully informed of your options and feel absolutely comfortable with the procedure. The following items will help you understand more about Custom Bladeless LASIK.
1. What does Custom Bladeless LASIK mean?
Custom Bladeless LASIK is the most advanced laser vision technology. LASIK (Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis) is an FDA-approved outpatient procedure that uses a laser to reshape the front surface of your eye in order to correct your vision. Instead of a blade, our offiice uses a silent computer-guided laser during the first step of the LASIK procedure to create the corneal flap. This laser is very precise and has improved the healing time and discomfort typically associated with a microkeratome blade. We also create a customized map for each eye, which allows for treatment of tiny imperfections in the eye that can have a significant impact on your quality of vision. The entire procedure typically takes about 10 minutes to perform on each eye.
2. Are you an eligible candidate?
The best way for you to determine if you are a candidate for Custom Bladeless LASIK is with a personal one-on-one consultation. Free consultations can be arranged by calling our Laser Vision Coordinator at 319-294-8888. LASIK can treat people who are at least 18 years old, are not pregnant or nursing, are in good general health, have a stable prescription, and have no eye diseases. Your Iowa EyeCare doctor will work with you to assess your eligibility for laser vision correction.
3. Is your surgeon qualified?
Dr. Larry Womack, M.D., focuses exclusively on LASIK surgery and has performed over 30,000 LASIK procedures; making him one of the region’s most experienced LASIK surgeons. Our supporting staff is professionally trained and nationally recognized. We have the experience and skill to help you and will carefully guide you through your decision to undergo LASIK eye surgery.
4. Is Custom Bladeless LASIK Safe?
Like all surgeries, there is a potential for risks and complications. Each individual eye heals differently, and it is not always possible to predict how your eye will heal. Extensive screening and testing enables us to identify most potential complications before they start and you will only be considered a candidate when it is medically advisable. Diligent post-procedure care is also necessary to protect against infection and measure your visual progress.
5. Does it hurt?
Prior to the procedure, anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye. Although most patients say there is no pain during the surgery, some report feeling mild pressure or vibration. Afterward, your eyes may feel slight irritation for a few hours.
6. How long does the correction last?
Laser vision correction is intended to permanently reduce your dependancy on glasses or contact lenses. While most patients achieve fully corrected vision with one procedure, some patients will require an enhancement to complete their correction. For nearly everyone, beginning in their 40s or 50s, the lens of the eye loses some of its flexability, making it necessary to use bifocals or reading glasses. LASIK does not correct for this normal aging process.
7. What is the TLC Lifetime Commitment?
TLC stands behind your vision results for life. We have sincere confidence in our surgeon and in your long-term results and want to help you maintain the best possible vision throughout your life. If an enhancement is needed to maintain vision results it will be administered at no cost for qualified patients. To maintain eligability in the TLC Lifetime Commitment you must complete your course of post-operative appointments and have an annual eye exam with any TLC affiliate doctor.
8. How much does it cost?
Prices vary based on your individual treatment plan. The best way to determine your cost is to schedule a personal one-on-one consultation. Free consultations can be arranged by calling our Laser Vision Coordinator at 319-294-8888. Keep in mind that Flex Spending Accounts, Insurance Plans, and Financing Plans may help make laser vision correction more affordable.