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Houston Eye Associates - Kingwood
22659 Highway 59 North, Suite 100
Kingwood, TX 77339

Houston Eye Associates - Houston
2855 Gramercy St
Houston, TX 770259


LASIK in Houston, TX

So What is “Refractive Surgery”?

Closeup of Young Woman SmilingThe American Academy of Ophthalmology defines laser refractive surgery as a method for correcting vision for people with near-sightedness (myopia), far-sightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism, or presbyopia (the age-related loss of near focus). In short, refractive surgery is simply a surgical means to reduce one’s dependence on glasses or contacts. For many, it can provide a freedom to pursue a more active lifestyle without the encumbrances and expense of external visual aids. Having been available in the United States for over twenty-five years, these procedures have been extensively fine-tuned. One series of over ten thousand LASIK patients in the Navy demonstrated a 99% rate of vision correction of 20/20 or better.

What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

The most commonly performed refractive surgery in the United States (not including cataract surgery) is LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis). Most modern LASIK surgery is usually ‘blade-free’ or ‘all-laser LASIK’. In this procedure a thin flap is created by a gentle and precise laser in the superficial cornea. The flap is then folded back and a separate excimer ‘cool temperature’ laser is used to precisely reshape the cornea. Total laser time with modern lasers typically ranges between 10-60 seconds. Over 30 million LASIK surgeries have been performed since its introduction in the United States. Advantages of LASIK include rapid visual recovery (many patients can drive by the next day after surgery), short procedure time – usually less than ten minutes for both eyes, and minimal discomfort after the procedure – patients may feel some minor foreign body sensation the first few hours after the procedure which generally resolves by the next day.

Is LASIK Worth It?

The price of LASIK acts as a one-way entry fee to vision clarity. With LASIK, you’re eliminating your financial need for eyeglasses and contact lenses. LASIK is performed worldwide and consistently yields positive results. It is also a notoriously speedy procedure that also produces a quick recovery time. Some patients have received 20/20 vision from LASIK. Also, LASIK can be adjusted if your vision begins to change following the procedure.

Is LASIK Safe?

LASIK is a perfectly safe and popular procedure that has a very low risk of complications. While all surgical procedures come with some risk, complications resulting from LASIK are almost always temporary and resolve on their own in weeks. The best way to make sure your LASIK surgery goes as best as possible is by using state-of-the-art technology and picking an experienced and qualified surgeon.

What Does LASIK Do?

LASIK has the potential to correct eye disorders like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism & blurry vision. It also can reduce or eliminate your need for contacts or eyeglasses. Although, not everyone is a candidate for LASIK. If you’re interested in your candidacy for LASIK, feel free to take our online LASIK self-test and find out today!

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