LASIK in Houston, TX
Are you tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses to see the world around you? If you’re a good LASIK candidate, you may be able to say goodbye to using visual aids for good!
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. We value every patient and provide individualized care from your first LASIK consultation to the very last day of recovery.
With LASIK, you will be able to enjoy all of the events around the Houston area without thinking about if you’ll need glasses or contacts to see. Achieving visual freedom has never been easier!
Our talented eye doctors have decades of experience in performing LASIK in Houston and take 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 LASIK. Our doctors have collectively performed over 20,000 refractive procedures. Since LASIK received FDA approval in the late 1990s, our surgeons have performed laser vision correction and LASIK on many physician colleagues and local and national celebrities.
HOW DOES LASIK WORK?
LASIK is a permanent vision correction procedure that works by reshaping the cornea. Reshaping the cornea corrects refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
LASIK uses a combination of two lasers: excimer and femtosecond. The femtosecond laser creates a flap in the cornea, while the excimer laser removes a tiny amount of tissue from the cornea and reshapes it. These lasers allow patients to see more clearly without glasses or contact lenses.
WHO IS A GOOD LASIK CANDIDATE?
As great as LASIK is, it’s not right for everyone. This is why you have to have a LASIK consultation before having the procedure.
LASIK is only approved for people within the treatment guidelines. These include up to +6.00 diopters of farsightedness, up to 6 diopters of astigmatism, and up to -12.00 diopters of nearsightedness.
Even if you fall within those parameters, your specific eye measurements may make you a better candidate for an alternative refractive procedure. Your eye doctor will discuss all of your scans and measurements and recommend the best procedure for you.
Other factors that go into LASIK candidacy include:
- Having a stable prescription that’s remained unchanged for at least a year
- Being 18 years of age or older, though most LASIK surgeons prefer patients to be in their mid to late twenties
- Having healthy eyes without any injuries or conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, or age-related macular degeneration
- Your corneas are thick enough
- You are not currently pregnant or nursing
- You are in good health and do not have any autoimmune conditions that would make it harder to recover after LASIK
These are only some of the factors that your eye doctor will consider for LASIK candidacy. The only way to know for sure if LASIK is the right vision correction procedure for you is to schedule a consultation at Diagnostic Eye Center in Houston, TX!
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WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY LASIK CONSULTATION?
Before you can even think about having LASIK, you must first qualify for the procedure. For this to happen, you’ll have a LASIK consultation with one of our eye doctors at Diagnostic Eye Center.
The consultation allows your eye doctor to assess your eye health and medical history. This appointment will include vision tests to determine your level of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
Your eye doctor will also measure your corneal thickness and shape to prepare for the procedure. This is done with corneal pachymetry and topography scans. These are quick, painless images that give your doctor important information. Your corneas must be thick enough to have LASIK safely. These scans also screen you for a condition called keratoconus, which is a contraindication for LASIK.
Your eye doctor will review and discuss all your results with you and will examine the health of your eyes. It is necessary to dilate your eyes prior to LASIK in order to get all of the necessary measurements. Your doctor will explain which procedure is best for you, as well as what to expect during and after the procedure. We will ensure that all of your questions are answered during your consultation.
After your LASIK consultation, if you find out that you’re a good candidate, the next step is scheduling your procedure. Once you know when you’ll have LASIK, you’ll need to stop wearing contact lenses in preparation.
You may not realize it, but contact lenses temporarily change the shape of your eyes. You’ll need to stop wearing hard contact lenses at least four weeks before the procedure or as directed by your eye doctor. Soft lenses should be discontinued at least one week before your procedure. This time frame prevents contacts from interfering with the shape of your eye.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING LASIK?
Having LASIK takes about 10 minutes. Many patients are given a mild sedative like Valium to relax before surgery begins. You’ll then receive numbing eye drops to prevent you from feeling anything.
Your eye will be gently cleaned and then held open using a speculum to keep your eyelids open. Your LASIK surgeon will then ready Diagnostic Eye Center’s state-of-the-art laser system, the WaveLight FS200 Femtosecond Laser, which creates the flap, followed by the WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q Excimer Laser to perform the treatment.
Our experienced LASIK surgeons are committed to providing the very best technology to their patients and take pride in having the most advanced lasers available for LASIK. A computer directs the laser based on measurements taken during your LASIK consultation and final measurements from the day of your LASIK procedure.
After reshaping the cornea, there’s no need for a bandage or stitches, as the flap heals on its own. Your surgeon will recheck your eyes to ensure proper healing, and then you will spend about 30 minutes in our recovery room.
Your LASIK advisor will go over all postoperative instructions with you during this time. This is a perfect time to ask any questions you may have. Ensure that you have a friend or family member who can drive you home, as you won’t be able to drive.
Thanks to the numbing eye drops, you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure. However, you may experience some discomfort when you get home as the drops wear off.
This usually lasts for approximately four hours after the procedure. You will be given eye drops to help during this time, but the best thing to do is rest with your eyes closed.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHILE RECOVERING AFTER LASIK?
One of the definite advantages of LASIK is the recovery is quite short. With that being said, you should take it easy for a few days after the procedure.
Rest and close your eyes for the first several hours after LASIK. Keeping your eyes closed limits dry eyes and irritation from dust or other particles.
You should be able to return to work after a day or two. Most patients find they can start getting back to many of their normal activities within a few days.
Avoid contact sports for four weeks. Skip eye makeup for one week or until your eye doctor says it is okay to resume.
While healing, you may feel dry, itchy eyes or slight pain. You can take prescription eye drops and over-the-counter pain relievers as needed. To avoid infection, you should not submerge your eyes in water for a month.
This means no swimming in any bodies of water like pools, hot tubs, lakes, streams, or rivers.
You’ll Need to Attend Follow-Up Appointments After LASIK
Expect to return to the eye doctor within one to two days for an eye exam and sight test.
You’ll need to return for several follow-up appointments over the next few months to ensure your eyes are healing as they should. Your sight may take three to six months to stabilize after surgery.
You might have light halos or glare while seeing in the dark. Most people find that these go away on their own.
LASIK Won’t Prevent Your Eyes From Aging
Although LASIK is permanent, it does not prevent your eyes from aging. That means you may still develop conditions like cataracts even after LASIK.
You may also need glasses for reading as your near vision deteriorates with age. This is called presbyopia.
Regular eye exams can ensure you have the correct prescription for changing visual needs.
Wondering if LASIK is right for you? Schedule your LASIK consultation at Diagnostic Eye Center in Houston, TX, today!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING LASIK?
After LASIK, most patients have 20/20 vision or better! In the days after LASIK, your vision will only get better and better.
Most patients experience immediate results. You’ll love not worrying about breaking your glasses or misplacing contacts if you’re active.
You can skip paying several hundred dollars a year on contacts or glasses since you won’t need them anymore after having LASIK. Even if you need glasses for reading or driving, your sight will stabilize after this incredible procedure.
Many people also appreciate the aesthetic of no longer needing glasses. It’s easier to see facial expressions when you no longer feel like you’re hiding behind a pair of frames.
LASIK is also beneficial for people who work in physical careers. Welders, contractors, and military members enjoy the freedom of no longer having glasses or contacts to interrupt their jobs.
You will also appreciate not having to deal with glasses fogging up while wearing a mask in these current times. Getting rid of contacts is also more hygienic, as you won’t need to touch your face to put lenses in every day.
Common Questions About LASIK Eye Surgery
At Diagnostic Eye Center, we want to make sure you have all of your questions answered before you choose to have LASIK. If you have a LASIK question that our website doesn’t answer, please feel free to ask your doctor during your consultation. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about LASIK:
Other Refractive Procedures
Although LASIK is the most common refractive procedure used to correct visual errors, it is not unusual for a patent to be a better candidate for a different vision correction procedure. These procedures include vision correction treatments such as Advanced Surface Ablation, Phakic IOL, or Refractive Lens Exchange.
During your LASIK consultation, you will meet with one of our eye doctors to discuss your individual needs and which procedure is best suited for your eyes and vision.
Are you ready to start your visual journey? Learn more about LASIK and if it may be right for you by scheduling your LASIK consultation at Diagnostic Eye Center in Houston, TX, now!
“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!”