LASIK and Refractive Surgery

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With LASIK eye surgery at Diagnostic Eye Center in Houston, you can achieve your personal best vision. We believe in providing you with the most advanced technology and the highest quality of care. Our doctors have years of experience in performing LASIK eye surgery in Houston and taking the time to ensure all of our patients are informed and enjoy a comfortable visit at Diagnostic Eye Center. We will provide you with a caring and supportive environment for undergoing your refractive procedure. You will find our surgeons and staff to be some of the most helpful and knowledgeable in the field of laser vision correction.

What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

LASIK, which reduces or eliminates a person’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses, has quickly become the refractive procedure of choice for most patients. They recover quickly, have fewer side effects and complications than with other procedures, and often notice a significant improvement in their vision soon after surgery. LASIK corrects refractive errors by reshaping or flattening the curve of the cornea, the clear layer of tissue covering the front of the eye. First, a thin flap is made on the cornea using a femtosecond laser. The flap is carefully pulled back, and the cornea is reshaped using precise short pulses of ultraviolet light from an excimer laser. The flap is then smoothed back to its original position. The entire procedure takes just a few minutes. LASIK is used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. We perform thorough testing to determine if our patients are good candidates for vision correction surgery.

Ideal LASIK Candidates are those patients who:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Have a stable refraction
  • Have no other ocular health issues
  • Have normal corneal thickness and curvature

LASIK Technology at Diagnostic Eye Center

At Diagnostic Eye Center in Houston, we take pride in providing our patients with the latest technology in laser vision correction. Our blade-free LASIK center is equipped with the Alcon WaveLight® Refractive Workstation. The WaveLight’s revolutionary approach to laser eye surgery technology minimizes problems associated with older generation lasers, such as night vision reduction, glare, and halos. The Wavelight® FS200 Femtosecond Laser

Wavelight® FS200 Femtosecond Laser

Faster Flap Creation: Featuring the nation’s fastest flap creation times, the 200 kHz WaveLight® FS200 Femtosecond Laser delivers precise, predictable outcomes:
  • Standard flap creation in approximately 6.0 seconds
  • Automated vacuum control of the patient interface for consistent suction
  • Minimized IOP and ocular distortion during suction
  • Fast visual regeneration

WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Excimer Laser

Built for Speed and Superb Outcomes: Featuring a 400 Hz repetition rate, the WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Excimer Laser delivers one of the world’s fastest ablation times at only 1.4 seconds per diopter, resulting in consistent outcomes.
  • High speed 400 Hz eye tracker actively tracks the fastest eye movement and verifies location before releasing pulses
  • Thermal optimized shot distribution helps minimize the potential for thermal buildup
  • Crossline projector provides precise centration

Monovision Correction

Monovision is a treatment technique used for patients aged 40 or older who are affected by presbyopia. Presbyopia occurs when the lens inside the eye naturally loses its ability to focus on objects up close. With monovision, one eye is focused to see clearly at distance, and the other eye is focused to see clearly at near. The brain learns which eye to use, depending on whether you are focusing on a distant or near object. Often times, monovision is implemented with contact lenses, but it can also be done with refractive surgery, such as LASIK, or with cataract surgery. It is important to understand that monovision may not be the best option for everyone. You should discuss this option thoroughly with one of our doctors to determine if you would benefit from monovision correction. We generally recommend a brief trial period with contact lenses to be sure you are comfortable with monovision correction before proceeding with LASIK.
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Common Questions About LASIK Eye Surgery

At Diagnostic Eye Center, we want you to have all of your questions answered before proceeding with any type of surgery. If you have a LASIK question that is not answered on our website, please feel free to ask your doctor during your consultation.
How good will my vision be after LASIK?
How many LASIK procedures have Dr. Sanders and Dr. Salem performed?
Is LASIK affordable?
Which lasers does Diagnostic Eye Center use?
How do I know if I’m a candidate for LASIK?
Do I need to stop wearing my contact lenses before I have LASIK surgery?
What can I expect on the day of LASIK surgery?
How soon will my vision recover after LASIK?
What are the complications or side effects of LASIK surgery?
What are my other options for surgical vision correction?
What are my options if I wear bifocals?
Why should I choose Diagnostic Eye Center for my LASIK surgery?

Other Refractive Procedures

While LASIK is the most popular refractive procedure performed today, some patients are better candidates for other vision correction procedures, such as Advanced Surface Ablation, Phakic IOL, or Refractive Lens Exchange. During your consultation, you will meet with one of our doctors to discuss your individual needs, as well as which procedure is best suited for your eyes.

Advanced Surface Ablation

Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA), also known as LASEK, is laser vision correction without making a flap. It represents a surgical advancement over photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), which was the original laser vision corrective procedure first approved by the FDA in 1995. ASA combines certain elements of both PRK and the more popular LASIK procedure and may offer some advantages over LASIK for certain patients. With ASA, instead of completely removing the epithelium, as is done with PRK, the flap of surface epithelium is loosened with a diluted alcohol solution and moved to the side. The surface under the epithelium is treated with the Excimer Laser, and the epithelial flap is returned to its original position, similar to LASIK. A protective soft contact lens is then placed over the cornea to make the eye more comfortable as it heals. Final visual results are similar when comparing LASIK and ASA. There are a few conditions where ASA is preferred, such as thin corneas, dry eye syndrome, and epithelial basement membrane dystrophy. There is a theoretical advantage in that there can be no flap complications such as flap displacement; however, flap complications with LASIK are very uncommon. The disadvantages are that most patients experience some post-operative pain and a longer visual recovery time. Your doctor can discuss Advanced Surface Ablation with you during your consultation.

Phakic IOL

A Phakic Intraocular Lens (IOL), also referred to as an Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL), is a lens that is permanently implanted in the eye behind the cornea. It is called a Phakic IOL because the eye still has its natural lens. The implanted lens contains a refractive power which compensates for the eye’s nearsightedness and can correct refractive errors outside the range of LASIK, up to -20 diopters. A Phakic IOL may be the procedure of choice for patients with dry eyes or thin corneas that do not qualify for laser vision correction. The first step is to create two small openings near the edge of the colored part of the eye (the iris) to allow the intraocular fluid to circulate around the lens. This is done one to two weeks before the lens implantation. The actual phakic IOL procedure is a short 15-minute outpatient operation. A small opening is created in the cornea, through which the folded lens is inserted. Once the lens has fully unfolded, the four corners of the lens are placed behind the iris. This makes the lens invisible to both you and others.

Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) corrects refractive errors using an intraocular lens implant. RLE may be the procedure of choice for patients with a large amount of hyperopia (farsightedness) or for patients with early cataracts or a need to lower their intraocular pressure. Millions of patients have received intraocular lens implants when undergoing cataract surgery, using the same highly successful surgical techniques used in RLE. The primary difference between cataract surgery and RLE is that cataract surgery is performed to remove a patient’s cloudy lens, and RLE is performed to reduce a patient’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Performed as an outpatient procedure, the eye’s natural lens is replaced with an intraocular lens implant (or IOL). You will remain comfortable, as the eye is completely anesthetized. Very tiny incisions are made on the front part of the eye using a femtosecond laser. The natural lens is then removed, and an intraocular lens is placed inside the eye. Most patients report improvement in their vision almost immediately. Strenuous activity should be avoided for one week, but you can return to a desk job the day after surgery. One eye is done at a time, and the second eye is usually done one or two weeks later.
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LASIK Next Rewards Program

LASIK Next - A Clear Plan for Your Future Have you been considering LASIK but want to make sure you get value added to your new vision? Are you tired of continually spending your hard earned money on glasses or contacts, just to see them lost or broken? Use your money wisely and put those dollars to work for your vision! Diagnostic Eye Center is excited to introduce a groundbreaking new program that rewards our eyeglass and contact lens customers with a long-term plan for better vision at a reduced cost. Get up to $1500 of eyewear and contact lens purchases at Diagnostic Eye Center discounted from your LASIK procedure. Maximum deduction, including any other discounts, is $1500. Applies to bilateral LASIK (for unilateral LASIK, the maximum discount is $750). Includes patient contributions for glasses and contact lenses purchased from Diagnostic Eye Center (insurance payments not included). Applies to purchases made over a 3-year period prior to the date of LASIK. To schedule a consultation today or to learn more, call 713.797.1500 or request an appointment now.

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“I had my LASIK procedure done here and am so happy I chose Diagnostic Eye Center! From the initial appointment to the follow-up meetings, everything was perfect. I drove myself to the follow-up appointment the next day! Friendly staff and they made sure I was comfortable and understood everything. Flawless!”

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