Your Trusted Providers for LASIK in Houston, Texas!
Are you tired of depending on your glasses or contacts for high-quality vision? Have you been considering LASIK eye surgery? LASIK (Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis) is one of the most popular eye surgery choices for treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism.
Our experienced eye doctors have years of experience in performing LASIK eye surgery in Houston, taking the time to ensure all of our patients are informed and enjoy a comfortable experience at Diagnostic Eye Center. We will provide you with a comfortable, caring, and supportive environment for undergoing your refractive procedure. You will find the LASIK surgeons and staff to be some of the most helpful and knowledgeable in the field of laser vision correction.
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.
Watch the videos below to learn all about this revolutionary procedure and to see if LASIK or another refractive procedure is right for you.
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 the WaveLight® FS200 Femtosecond Laser, making LASIK an all-laser procedure. 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.
To treat nearsightedness, the tissue is removed from the central zone of the cornea. This shifts the point of focus from in front of the retina to directly on the retina.
To treat farsightedness, the cornea is made steeper by removing tissue outside of the central zone of the cornea. This shifts the point of focus from beyond the retina to directly on the retina.
Often nearsightedness or farsightedness is accompanied by astigmatism, which can be treated simultaneously by making the cornea more spherical.
At Diagnostic Eye Center in Houston, you will find that we perform thorough testing to determine if our patients are good candidates for vision correction surgery. To find out if you qualify for LASIK or for an alternative refractive procedure, call our office today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. We look forward to sharing this life-changing experience with you!
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 delivers precise, safe, and fast corneal flap formation. The WaveLight® Eye-Q 400 Hz Excimer Laser provides impressive speed and industry-leading outcomes.
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 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. They may suggest a brief trial period with monovision contact lenses to be sure you are comfortable with this type of correction before proceeding with LASIK.
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. Below are the most common LASIK questions we encounter, as well as answers to these questions from our staff.
If you have a question about refractive eye surgery that is not answered on our website please feel free to call our office, or ask your doctor during your LASIK 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.
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 through a procedure called Refractive Lens Exchange. 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.
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, Dr. Salem, 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!