At Diagnostic Eye Center, we want you to have all of your questions answered before proceeding with any type of surgery. Below are the most common LASIK questions we encounter. If your question is not listed, please feel free to call our office, or ask your doctor during your consultation.
- How good will my vision be after LASIK?
- How many 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 surgery?
- What can I expect on the day of surgery?
- How soon will my vision recover?
- What are the complications or side effects of LASIK surgery?
- What is Advanced Surface Ablation?
- What are my other options for refractive surgery?
- What are my options if I wear bifocals?
- Why should I choose Diagnostic Eye Center for my LASIK?
Most of our patients can expect to have 20/20 vision after LASIK surgery and many will have better than 20/20 vision. Each patient’s results depend on multiple factors, including the level of vision prior to surgery. Our doctors use the best technology available so that patients can achieve an optimal result. Your doctor will discuss what result you can expect at the time of your consultation.
Our doctors have collectively performed over 10,000 refractive procedures. Dr. Sanders has been performing laser vision correction since it was first approved over a decade ago and has performed LASIK on many of his physician colleagues and on local and national celebrities. Learn more about Dr. Sanders here. Learn more about Dr. Salem here.
At Diagnostic Eye Center, we believe that every patient should have the very best technology. We charge one fee for all patients and do not choose the laser based on cost or on your prescription. Our fee includes all of your pre-op and post-op care, as well as your post-op eye drops. In-house financing is available and can make LASIK affordable for anyone. Financing can be discussed with your LASIK advisor at the time of your consultation, or you can download the application here.
Our doctors use the WaveLight® FS200 Femtosecond Laser to make the flap, and then use the WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Excimer Laser to perform the treatment. Dr. Sanders and Dr. Salem are committed to providing the very best technology for their patients and take pride in having the most advanced lasers available. Learn more about our lasers here.
The first step to finding out if you are a suitable candidate for LASIK is to schedule your free consultation. At the consultation, several measurements will be taken of your eyes to determine if you can have LASIK or another refractive procedure. You will meet with one of our doctors to discuss your options and expected results. You will tour our office and LASIK center and meet with our experienced LASIK team. If you elect to proceed, all pre-op testing can usually be performed the same day. If you choose to finance your procedure, this can also be arranged at that time.
Contact lenses change the shape of your eyes and interfere with crucial measurements we must take. Therefore, you need to be out of your contact lenses prior to your procedure. We recommend discontinuation of one week for soft lenses and one month for rigid gas permeable or hard lenses.
On the day of your procedure, you will arrive at the main office where you had your consultation. When ready, your LASIK advisor will take you downstairs to the LASIK Center, and several final measurements will be made to ensure accuracy. Most patients are given a mild sedative then rest in our comfortable relaxation room. You will be brought into the surgery suite once it is time for your procedure, where our surgical team will prep your eyes for surgery. Anesthetic drops are applied to reduce any discomfort. The WaveLight® FS200 Femtosecond Laser is first used to create the flap, which takes about six seconds. Most patients can expect a slight pressure feeling during this part. Next your surgeon will lift the flap, and the WaveLight® Eye-Q 400 Hz Excimer Laser is used to perform the actual treatment. The flap is put back into place, and additional drops are instilled. The entire procedure takes less than ten minutes, and guests may view the procedure on video monitors if they wish. Following the procedure, your surgeon will examine your eyes again, and then you are asked to relax with your eyes closed. Your LASIK advisor will go over all post-operative instructions with you and give you your post-op kit. You can expect to be at the office for a total of about one to two hours. Most patients do not experience pain during or after the procedure.
You can expect your vision to be blurred the day of the procedure. Most patients see about as well as they did with glasses or contacts the very next day and feel comfortable enough to drive to their 1 day post-op appointment. Most patients also return to work within one day.
Although LASIK is very safe and effective, there are potential side effects and complications. Most patients experience some dryness immediately following surgery, which usually resolves after a few months. If you have dry eye syndrome, this can be treated prior to proceeding with LASIK to minimize this side effect. Glare and halos are much less frequent with the newer generation of lasers and are rarely a problem. Loss of vision from LASIK is extremely uncommon, particularly if patients are screened properly. At Diagnostic Eye Center, we perform thorough testing to ensure that you are a suitable candidate. Further information on the risks and side effects of LASIK can be found at www.fda.gov.
Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA), also known as LASEK or epi-LASIK, 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. It 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 WaveLight® Eye-Q 400 Hz 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 are very uncommon. The disadvantages are that most patients experience some post-operative pain and a longer visual recovery time. Your doctor can discuss ASA with you during your consultation.
At the time of your consultation, your doctor will discuss which options are available and will recommend which procedure will give you the best result. Other available options include Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA), Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL), and Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE). For most patients, LASIK remains the best option.
LASIK can only correct distance vision or near vision, but not both at the same time. For patients under the age of 40-45, this is not an issue, as the focusing mechanism in their eyes still allows them to see at near. For patients who wear bifocals now, there are three options. One is to correct only the distance vision and then wear drugstore readers as needed for close vision. Another option is called monovision, in which one eye is corrected for distance and the other is corrected for near. Premium intraocular lenses now provide another alternative. These lenses are implanted in the eye and can correct distance and near vision simultaneously. Your doctor will discuss your options with you at your consultation.
Why should I choose Diagnostic Eye Center for my LASIK?
Diagnostic Eye Center is equipped with our very own state of the art laser suite. Because our doctors believe in providing nothing but the best, we invested in the most technologically advanced lasers. Our surgeons, Dr. Marc Sanders and Dr. Andrew Salem, have not only performed over 10,000 procedures since 1998, but Dr. Sanders and Dr. Stephanie Lozano have even had the procedure themselves. Dr. Sanders’ friends, family members, and employees, as well as members of the Houston police and Houston fire departments, have entrusted him with their eyes. Dr. Sanders and Dr. Salem, along with the highly trained staff members of Diagnostic Eye Center, will guide you through the whole process and help you make an informed decision to proceed. We would like to invite you to visit our facility and meet with our doctors for your no cost and no obligation consultation, and let us share with you this life changing experience!